Midtown East is one of Manhattan’s busiest areas, populated by large corporations, shops, and restaurants, and landmarks like Grand Central Station. With so many office buildings in the neighborhood, Midtown East is filled with working New Yorkers, power lunches, and fast-walking pedestrians. Boundary-wise, the nabe begins at East 59th Street and stretches down to East 34th. With so many blocks and avenues to explore, you’ll never be at a loss when it comes to shopping or dining. Whether you’re taking a lunch break from work or looking for some retail therapy, these six Midtown East shops are always worth exploring.
Saks OFF 5th, 125 E 57th St
Everyone is familiar with Saks Fifth Avenue, but you may not have shopped Saks OFF 5th – the luxury department store’s more affordable option. Think of Saks OFF 5th as the ultimate designer clearance destination, allowing you to save at least 70% on all retail items. From Elie Tahari sweaters for $60 to Halston gowns under $100, it’s every fashionista’s dream come true.
CB2, 979 3rd Ave
If your interior design style is somewhere along the lines of sleek, modern and functional, CB2 is the home décor shop for you. Featuring pieces created by a diverse group of designers, this Midtown East store sells stylish furniture, unique accent items, and has a range of lookbook images for inspiration. The CB2 line of acrylic furniture is especially great for small NYC apartments, as they offer functionality and a contemporary aesthetic without cluttering up your space.
Dor L’Dor, 301 E 41st St
Find your new favorite wardrobe addition at Dor L’Dor. This boutique is stocked by a team of buyers who travel internationally to find fashion-forward apparel at moderate price points. Rather eclectic by New York City standards (we love all-black ensembles), Dor L’Dor is the perfect shop to visit when you’re looking for a nice pop of color.
Yankees Clubhouse, 110 E 59th St
Since New York is the home of the Yankees, it’s only apropos for baseball fans in NYC to stop by the Yankees Clubhouse at some point. Stock up on gear for baseball season; find memorabilia from your favorite players, or pick up a souvenir for the out-of-town Yankees lover in your life. And no, we didn’t forget about you Mets fans out there – the Mets Clubhouse is located at West 42nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Ideal Cheese Shop, 942 1st Ave
Without mincing words, Ideal Cheese Shop is just that – a place where you can find 250 kinds of cheese from 17 different countries. Try their asiago cheese, all-natural tomato sauce, and luxurious balsamic vinegar for a decadent Italian night in; or an assortment of French cheeses such as Bucheron, Saint Andre, and Fourme d’Ambert Blue. Whatever you choose, it’s a Midtown East “must” for foodies to explore.
The Atrium Shops and Cafes, 153 E 53rd St
Shop and take your lunch breaks like a local when you swing by the Atrium Shops and Cafes. This Midtown East mini mall is home to everyday stores like Barnes & Noble, Terry May Concept Flowers, an art gallery, and the amazing Melt Shop. Nothing makes a better post-shopping treat like a Havarti grilled cheese sandwich and tater tots with truffle mayo.
And if you’re not tired of shopping by now, shop the Flatiron District!