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Upper East Side

Do Something Bookish at The Albertine Before a Cozy French Dinner

  • Books
  • Food

The Albertine is one of our favorite bookstores in New York. It's tucked inside the historic Payne Whitney mansion (shouldn't all bookstores be tucked inside mansions?), and it's the only bookshop in New York devoted solely to French and English books. They often host interesting events—from panels to readings—they even have their own Book Club. If the two of you are literary lovers, see their full event list here. Instagram moment: the Albertine bookstore is one of the most stunning bookstores in the world, with a blue astrological ceiling.

Of course, dinner after something like this needs to be in a charming French cafe. And you're in luck because Café Boulud, once again 'tucked' inside the handsome Surrey Hotel, is just a few blocks away. Daniel Boulud (the restaurateur who owns gorgeous eateries all over the world) has put this slice of Upper East Side heaven in the hands of chef Aaron Bludorn, a NYC Rising Star Chef. But enough about them, it's the food you come for. The menu offers the finesse of traditional French cuisine with the warm hospitality of a neighborhood café. A Michelin-starred neighborhood cafe.

The Albertine

972 5th Avenue, Manhattan

Cafe Boulud

20 East 76th Street, Manhattan

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