New York City (Midtown East) Neighborhood Guide


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The bustling neighborhood of Midtown East is home to some of New York City’s most famous sites, including the United Nations Headquarters, Park Avenue and Grand Central Station.

Health-conscious travelers can make EVEN Hotel New York-Midtown East their base. The property features a wealth of amenities in-room (yoga mats, stability balls and eucalyptus fiber bedding) and throughout the hotel (a full gym and Cork & Kale Market and Bar) designed to promote wellness.

When you’re ready to leave the hotel, here are some great ideas for exploring your new neighborhood:

Great Gyms

For a full-body workout — followed by getting your full body worked on — CompleteBody 57th Street features cardio and weight-training equipment, plus classes ranging from barre (a ballet-inspired workout) to zumba to outdoor yoga (with a view). Add a touch of luxury to your routine with the saltwater pool — under a retractable roof — and a chill patio with lots of lounging options for catching rays. End the session with a free coffee or a treatment at the in-house spa.

Short on time? Inform Fitness takes a science-backed approach that allows users to work with a trainer to complete a high-intensity workout in just 20 minutes. The premise is that once you’ve thoroughly fatigued your muscles through slow repetition exercise, you’re done.

Must-Try Classes

For cardio fans, 305 Fitness offers an intense dance-inspired class also infuses sprints and sculpting moves. Don’t worry if you’re a newcomer: While the live DJ spins, your instructor will break down the moves. Another option is the studio’s 305 Yoga class, which infuses hot yoga with dance moves.

For a real challenge, try Tone House, touted by some as Manhattan’s toughest workout. The goal is get everyday people into training like athletes, via 60-minute, no-break extreme sessions. First-timers may want to opt for the TH 101 intro session to find out if it’s right for you.

Healthy Eats

Midtown East is home to numerous healthy restaurants that make it easy to maintain your gym progress and enjoy a tasty meal. Jams Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch, offers seasonal American fare, such as grilled local trout and eggs baked with mushrooms and asparagus in a wood oven.

For a meal that’s as healthy as it is hip, Poketeria offers DIY poke (raw fish) bowls. Choose your base, proteins and toppings, or go with a signature bowl. The Omega-3 combines salmon, edamame, sweet onion, fried garlic and a sprinkling of bonito flakes, topped with housemade soy sauce.

Amazing Trails

You can check out the major sites of Midtown East via a brisk 30-minute walk. Start at Bryant Park, home to a full menu of active, often free activities, like juggling, yoga and petanque. Pop inside the adjacent New York Public Library — part museum, part literary santuary — before strolling east down 41st Street’s Library Way, looking down to enjoy the bronze sidewalk plaques showcasing inspiring literary quotes. When you get to Park Avenue look to your left to admire the gorgeous facade of Grand Central Terminal, then walk one block to 42nd Street for a view of the famed Chrysler Building.

Runners can head south down Second Avenue and east on 42nd Street to find yourself in front of the United Nations Headquarters. Then continue to the scenic East River. Run up FDR Drive — taking in views of Queens across the water — and jog up to the Queensboro Bridge at 60th Street to run right into the emerging hipster enclave of Long Island City.

About the Author

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture, as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don't read about in guidebooks.