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Yorkville Far East on the UES

Manhattan-Upper East Side

Want to spend the day uptown with your family, but away from the crowds in Central Park? Start walking as far east as you can go and stop just before you hit the river. There are lots of activities and treats in Yorkville!

Blake B.Blake B.

Blake is a native New Yorker and an upper east side mom of three young children. On the weekends, she is often exploring new neighborhoods with her family taking in the sights and experiences the city offers.

Eastfield’sRestaurants & Cafes
Seasonal dishes & cocktails in a smart setting
(646) 964-4918website
1479 York Ave, New York, NY 10075

Start your weekend off with a delicious brunch at Eastfield’s, and arrive early to avoid the crowds. The sister restaurant to ever popular East Pole, Eastfield’s has seasonal and fresh food that is perfect for both adults and littles – ask your waiter to recite the kids menu. High chairs, crayons and kids cups are all available to entertain the youngest diners.

Orwasher’s BakeryBakeries
Neighborhood bakery serving up artisanal breads, cookies, sweets
(212) 288-6569website
308 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075

This self proclaimed “old-school Jewish bakery” was recently highlighted in Leslie Jones’ SNL skit about the neighborhood, and for good reason. It’s worth the wait in line to enjoy the freshest black and white cookies and filled-to-order jelly doughnuts, your choice of jam! They also have seasonal treats available to pre-order for holidays, such as the pecan pie, which is our family favorite for Thanksgiving dessert.

Carl Schurz & Catbird PlaygroundParks
Neighborhood playground and park
(212) 639-9675website
Carl Schurz Park, East End Ave, New York, NY 10128

To burn off that sugar, head east again and walk across the newly opened pedestrian bridge on East 81st Street and East End Avenue to enjoy a beautiful and relaxing walk along the water in Carl Schurz. Once you arrive at the Catbird Playground near East 84th Street, there is something for everyone at the expansive playground for children of all ages, including infant/toddler swings, a sandpit, giant jungle gyms. Mom tip: if you visit in warm weather, bring a bathing suit and water shoes! The many sprinklers are impossible for children to resist

Second Avenue SubwayPublic Transit
Public Mass Transit
East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue 10028

Head underground to the biggest subway expansion the city has seen in the past 50 years. The long awaited Second Avenue subway officially opened in January 2017, and it has been a hit with both commuters and children. Each new and airy station includes a permanent installation by a famous New York artist, including Cindy Sherman and Vik Muniz. Avoid the traffic and congestion pricing, and take the Q to your next stop!

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