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QG: New York City's QuickGuide
From 59th to 110th sts., btw the East & Hudson rivers
Broad boulevards and residential tree-lined side streets form the backdrop for international boutiques, restaurants and museums.
Upper East Side
» 8:30 a.m.
Via Quadronno 25 E. 73rd St., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 1.212.650.9880. Open your eyes to a caffè doppio (double-shot espresso) and boost your energy with a prosciutto and mozzarella panino.
» 9:30 a.m.
Paul Molé Barber Shop 1031 Lexington Ave., btw E. 73rd & E. 74th sts., 1.212.535.8461. Valery Joseph Salon 1044 Madison Ave., btw E. 79th & E. 80th sts., 1.212.517.2333. Men, face the day with a traditional straight-razor shave (think: steaming hot towels and warm lather). Ladies, put on a new face and let an expert apply your makeup.
» 11:00 p.m.
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave., at E. 75th St.,1.212.570.3600. Be there when the doors open at this treasure house of 20th-century and contemporary masterworks by Prendergast, Hopper, Pollock, Flavin, Marden, Aitken and more.
» 12:30 p.m.
Untitled Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., at E. 75th St., 1.212.570.3670. Wave the Stars and Stripes at the museum's All-American coffee shop, where the signature burger is topped with aged cheddar, heaped with grilled onions and washed down with either a chocolate egg cream or artisanal root beer made in Brooklyn.
» 2:00 p.m.
Lilly Pulitzer 1020 Madison Ave., btw E. 78th & E. 79th sts., 1.212.744.4620. Outfit yourself for a tropical escape from winter in the brand's signature floral prints and preppy color palette.
» 3:00 p.m.
Lady M Confections 41 E. 78th St., btw Park & Madison aves., 1.212.452.2222. Recharge with the dessert you skipped at lunch—an apple galette, couronne au chocolat—at this sweet little bakeshop.
» 4:00 p.m.
De Vera 26 E. 81st St., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 1.212.288.2288. Fish for Tahitian pearls, bow before a South American religious relic, place a seashell to your ear and hear the ocean, hold a piece of Venetian glass to the light—take home some of the world's decorative wonders.
» 6:00 p.m.
Crown 24 E. 81st St., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 1.646.559.4880. Cap the day in the art-filled dining room with a retro New York cocktail, the Stork Club (London Dry Gin, infused with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, and shaken with mandarin liquor, orange marmalade, orange and lime juices), followed by côte de boeuf for two.