Sutton Place: New York’s Happy Place

Most New Yorkers like to boast about the little-known nooks and crannies in the city, as inside knowledge is a point of pride among those that live here. One thing those in-the-know might not know is that a hidden gem exists in one of New York’s most exclusive, prestigious neighborhoods.

Sutton Place is a well-manicured, quiet enclave filled with captivating brownstones and pre-war buildings that has attracted high-profile residents including Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Freddie Mercury, Joan Crawford, and Sigourney Weaver. Its small stretch of streets dotted with trees and grand townhouses are just illustrations of what makes it special. We put together a helpful guide highlighting how the upscale, peaceful atmosphere of this enchanting area makes the haste and hurry of Manhattan feel miles away.

Where to Play

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Easy access to cultural institutions, exercise and comfortable conveniences make this sophisticated neighborhood the optimal location to explore.

Yo Yoga

In close parallel to the neighborhood’s own quiet charm, this yoga studio dubs themselves “a very non-New York studio that happens to be located in New York.” The studio’s friendly vibe and welcoming of walk-ins makes it a rare gem in a city filled with overpriced and stuffy options. The most unique perk: rooftop yoga during the summer.

Sutton East Tennis Club

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Tennis is a rapidly growing sport, but the challenges of finding a court in the city can be daunting. From drills and cardio to youth programs, Sutton East provides various ways to stay in shape or simply relieve some New York stress. Even better, this club is a rare wonder in that it doesn’t require a membership. During the excitement of the US Open, the club is also a great place to spot top players practicing prior to their matches across the river.

Bloomingdale’s

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While New Yorkers feel they know all about this 145-year historical fashion institution, most would be surprised to learn that the home of the iconic Little Brown Bag has more to offer than shopping. The store is a behemoth, so you can avoid getting lost with the Bloomingdale’s app, which has maps, in-store restaurant information, and exclusive access to offers and store events. If you want to keep your hands free to further explore the neighborhood, you can ask the cashier to have your items shipped home (with a minimum purchase). You can also visit the first-floor Visitor Service area to arrange purchase of metro cards, theater tickets and even restaurant reservations. Yes, they do that too.

Sutton Place Park

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Though Central Park isn’t far, unobstructed views of the East River from a park with fresh, open breezes can be too good to resist. You can access Sutton Place Park via a stairway the runs down to the water, almost completely camouflaged behind a chain of townhomes. At the bottom, visitors are greeted by a wild boar statue modeled after an Italian Renaissance sculpture, then the park gives way to the expansive promenade overlooking the East River.

Where to Eat

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Sutton Place has had the reputation of being strictly residential, with the same ole’ pubs and little to no authentic dining options. That notion has changed with a new wave of delightful bistros, wine bars and distinct eateries.

Bar 344

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Formerly known as Uncorked Wine Bar, this stylish and charming spot is nestled between 1st and 2nd avenues on 59th street. Both casual and intimate, the low-lit atmosphere and creative cocktails draw inspiration from the Prohibition era and forge a speakeasy vibe.

Ethos Gallery 51

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Sutton Place has an abundance of Greek dining spots, specializing in everything from fresh Mediterranean fish to more traditional fare. There are many things that make this Grecian bistro stand out, including delectable food, breezy outdoor seating, warm service and complimentary dessert. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s sister spot, Pathos Café, down the street, offering locally sourced, organic ingredients within a delightful menu.

Jubilee

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Jubilee is an authentic French bistro that occupies an elegant townhouse, touted by locals as a “quick trip to Paris”. UN employees and Sutton Place locals love the classic fare and pleasant ambiance that affords easy conversation. The eatery is always busy due to its loyal customers and generous portions, so expect a wait even with a reservation.

Sasabune Express

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The owners of Sasabune Express candidly tout their philosophy of “no spicy tuna, no California roll” elegant fare. Chef Nobi Kusuhara believes sushi is an art, and this notion is clearly evident through the choice of menu – the meal selections are decided on the guests’ behalf (known as Omakase). Sushi options originate from Alaska, Long Island, Japan, Spain and South America, ensuring a varied and memorable dining experience.

Foxy Greens

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This New York vegetarian restaurant retains devoted patrons due to an offering of unrivaled delights like their tasty Truffled Avocado Toast. A creative menu includes creative concoctions like smoothies, green juice and healthy bites that are a great stop after a run or dropping the dog off before work. Be sure to try the flavorful chocolate mousse made from avocado.

Where to Live

Sometimes referred to as Little London due to the pre-war townhouses that mirror London’s Belgravia neighborhood, Sutton Place’s brick facades and quiet streets provide a respite from the bustle of the city. The enclave’s notable architecture lends itself to sophisticated living, including a series of select homes for sale below.

50 Sutton Place South, 10AB

Sutton Area, New York

Price: $2,795,000

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

50 Sutton Place South is a white glove cooperative, with 24-hour doormen, concierge, elevator operators, live-in resident manager, fitness center, private storage, and parking garage with pets permitted. This entire apartment was meticulously renovated to perfection by the current owner with spacious bedrooms and walk-in closets. This beautiful home has marble floors, an oversized loft-like living/dining room, and large East-facing windows views of the East River best seen from the balcony. The windowed kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, white custom cabinetry, granite countertops, and  a small area to have breakfast or lunch.

View more photos or contact David B Dubin for a viewing.

13 Sutton Place

Sutton Area, New York

Price: $7,495,000

5 Bedrooms | 6.5 Bathrooms

13 Sutton Place is one of the finest examples of the 14 stately homes that comprise the neighborhood’s coveted U-shaped, tree-lined enclave. Splendid details include gorgeous crown moldings, wainscoting, wrought-iron railings and 4 fireplaces have been impeccably preserved, while its elegant living space was opened up, brightened and modernized with luxury finishes and an elevator. A serene and lush private garden on the East River is reserved for the exclusive enjoyment of Sutton Square residents, and fabulous water views and sunrises captivate you from all five levels of the home’s gracious interior. Private outdoor spaces include a garden patio, 3 balconies and a rooftop terrace oasis all overlooking the East River. A large finished basement offers separate staff quarters and a kitchenette.

View more photos or contact Patricia Vance for a viewing.

4 Sutton Square

Sutton Area, New York

Price: $14,500,000

4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms

Exquisitely renovated inside and out, this single-family townhouse offers exclusive access to an expansive and impeccably manicured communal garden on the banks of the East River. Built in 1921 for inventor Henry Sprague, this 5-story plus finished cellar home features a classic and chic design with flexible 3-4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 4 half-bathrooms, 7 wood-burning fireplaces and stunning well-proportioned rooms with floor-to-ceiling paneled windows that provide abundant natural light throughout the house. Other features include elevator access to all floors, high 9’5-14’8 ceilings, multi-zone central air conditioning, security system, integrated sound system, and electronic window treatments. This remarkable house represents a perfect marriage of space, beautiful proportions with exceptional finishes, and prized location.

View more photos of 4 Sutton Square or contact the team of Michael Passaro, Lauren Muss and Robert Wands for a showing. 

310 East 53rd St, 23BC

Sutton Area, New York

Price: $8,900,000

4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms

Graced with a recent complete renovation, custom high-end finishes, and captivating views of the city skyline and the East River, this incredible 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom condo is a paradigm of Manhattan luxury set within the Three Ten Condominium, Manhattan’s most exquisite full-service glass condominium tower. Three Ten is a pet-friendly luxury condominium, and presents a vast array of amenities including a 24-hour doorman, concierge, fitness center, valet/garage and garden. Features of this 4,062-square-foot home include 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, oak hardwood floors, northern, western, eastern and southern exposures, 3 terraces, an in-unit washer/dryer, electric fireplace, sleek marble kitchen countertops, custom-built closets, motorized shades and an integrated Sonos home automation system.

View more photos of 310 East 53rd St. 23BC or contact the team of Sonia Seth, Fredrik Eklund, and John Gomes for a showing.

345 East 57th St, 14D

Sutton Area, New York

Price: $1,195,000

2 Bedrooms | 1.5 Bathrooms

Beautifully-renovated high floor Prewar 2-bedroom apartment with stunning open city views, outstanding light and details including crown moldings, 9-foot high beamed ceilings, and original oak strip hardwood floors in excellent condition. This charming boutique building has a full-time doorman, is pet-friendly, allows pied-à-terre ownership, has a live-in resident manager, and private storage at no charge.  A gracious entry foyer leads to a spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace, custom cabinetry, Bose in-wall sound system, and comfortable dining area with banquette seating. A well-designed large kitchen with center-island, custom cabinets with amazing storage space, excellent counter space, and stainless steel appliances make this a chef’s dream. Two spacious bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a home office/den, and both with ample custom California Closets. Newly-renovated windowed tile full bathroom and 1 half bathroom.

View more photos of 345 East 57th St, 14D or contact Brenda Steward for a showing.

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