Welcome to Life Uptown
Hello, I’m Stephanie, and I absolutely love living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I’ve been a New York for close to 12 years now, and while I adore wandering the city’s various neighborhoods and exploring the outer boroughs, it’s the east side of Central Park that I still call home.
The Upper East Side may be known for Museum Mile, billionaires in penthouses on Park Avenue, and Gossip Girl, but to me, the real UES means young professionals, families, neighborhood restaurants, ridiculous shopping, the world’s best hospitals, and some of the most quintessential New York experiences. It’s actually more casual and much less glamorous if you ask me! I spend my days doing all the things you probably do—running out for cold brew from my favorite coffee shop (Birch, on 62nd and Lex), dropping clothes off at the dry cleaner, buying groceries, reading in the park, doing errands, and generally living a normal 30-something life as a married journalist.
But I also can’t get enough of entertaining, and if it’s been too long between cocktail salons or dinner parties I get antsy. I absolutely live for creating menus, designing new cocktails with my husband, and stocking my wine cellar. I’ve even been known to spend too much time in my favorite wine shop while donning my athletic gear since it’s next to my gym. (I actually don’t think they’d recognize me with makeup and a blowout.) So I decided to share my tips for the ultimate hosting, whether you live in NYC or not. Because, after all, when you think of uptown living, it’s fabulous parties and Champagne. To me, it’s Uptown or Nowhere. Cheers!