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Dive Into a New Book—And Enjoy Some Alone Time—On the Upper East Side

Books! Baked bites! Bemelmans!

Photo courtesy of Albertine Books in French and English/Facebook

When you’re not caught between the charming brownstones and designer boutiques, we know a few spots in one of New York’s most upscale neighborhoods perfect for a much-needed hang with you, yourself…and that’s all you need.

DO: Start a New Chapter in 2020!

If you can peel your eyes away from the whimsical constellation ceiling art, be sure to browse Albertine‘s impressive selection of English and French titles. (Bonus if you speak the language: There are more than 14,000 books from 30 français-speaking countries to dive into.) 972 Fifth Avenue (between East 78th and 79th Streets)

EAT: Panettone and Mini Brioche at Sant Ambroeus

After all of that reading, you deserve a midday sweets break at this elegant Milanese restaurant and coffee bar right around the corner. 1000 Madison Avenue (between East 77th and 78th Streets)

DRINK: Single Malts at Bemelmans Bar

Tucked inside one of New York’s most luxurious hotels, this swanky piano bar has everything you need to treat yourself: a to-die-for cocktail menu, live entertainment, and lavish leather banquettes to sit on while staring at the 24-karat-gold-leaf–covered ceiling. 35 East 76th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues)

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