Best Australian cafe: 2 East 90th Street Set across from Central Park and adjacent to the , Bluestone Lane specializes in light, shareable fare. Stop by and have a beer or cocktail while you watch some sports, or bring the kids for brunch. Not-too-fancy French brasseries include favorites without the stuffiness, California-inspired fish tacos bring a golden glow to winter afternoons, and creative tavern fare undo the top button. Best for fancy cocktails: 1590 Second Avenue The Upper East Side has yet to become a craft cocktail destination, but there are some standouts on the landscape. Tucked away on an aggressively average block in the doorman-less part of the Upper East Side, a set of red-velvet ropes leads to a heavy black door. The bill is just right.
The best part of the evening is that they have live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. On the negative side, although we had a reservation, our table was awkwardly placed. And the frozen yogurt at 40 Carrots is great too! Generally speaking, this place is a home run for this neighborhood. The brunch menu is stocked with creative dishes, like a bacon, egg, and fried oyster brioche sandwich and French toast sticks best dunked in brown butter maple syrup. Here, the duo has infused the museum cafe downstairs at the Met Breuer with new energy and some of the best seafood in town. It's not all penthouse apartments, Ralph Lauren shops and tiny dogs in the pricey uptown neighborhood. Say you moved from downtown to the Upper East Side, and the main thing you miss about lower Manhattan is the abundance of dumplings.
And for fall 2017, Flora Bar has extended its hours on both Saturday and Sunday and added dishes like an Egg and Cheese Sandwich with tomato chutney to its brunch menu be sure to request a table in the outdoor garden when it's open. In temperate months, guests enjoy sidewalk seating for brunch offset by Museum Mile and Central Park. The food is a bit lighter, while still being incredibly flavorful. Our waiter was unfriendly and seemed to rush us at every turn; he has always been like this. The menu—with main courses like ricotta gnocchi with black truffles, pork tenderloin and sea scallops wrapped in speck—deserves the kind of attention amid the din. On the plus side, the food delish, the menu was varied and the staff was lovely although spread a bit thin. True dough devotees can pair bread with more bread: The pastry basket includes a decadent mix of house-made croissants and cinnamon-frosted Danishes.
The atmosphere was levels above most local Indian restaurants. Pull up a seat and do your best not to call it soccer. Packed with Upper East Siders on first dates, Uva reverberates with energy. Overall, Goff place to dine in Carnegie Hill. They do semi-upscale Mexican food, with things like lobster tacos, steak, and various ceviches.
The casual dining room is cluttered with mismatched trinkets, a bit dark even in the brunch-hour sunlight, and tended to by indifferent servers -- but they never fail to attract a crowd for their six varieties of pancakes and lengthy egg and omelette menu. Had my usual Vitello tonnato, delicious, accompanied by a couple of glasses of prosecco. Serving greens from the , root beer from , and fresh cuts of meat from a butcher in Queens, this place is a New York establishment through and through. Mei Jin Ramen is a little spot near 82nd Street where you can sit on a stool and eat a bowl of noodles on a Tuesday night. English brews share tap space with Belgium suds and a proprietary lager made by Red Hook's Sixpoint Craft Ales. Behold the coconut quinoa and oat porridge crowned with seasonal fruit and granola, the ubiquitous avocado smash which can be topped with a poached egg, prosciutto, bacon, or smoked salmon , and the multicolored rainbow bowl, a colorful plate of roasted carrots, spinach, lentils, pickled beets, feta, poached egg, and avocado. Smooth cappuccino and fresh fruit platters.
For dessert, regulars say the chocolate souffle is about as good as it gets. Still, it's the restaurant's signature Miso Beef Ramen, made with perfectly thin slices of beef, that make this place a go-to. Once confined to the sad heat-lamp preserve of supermarkets, rotisserie chickens have put a little shine on their spits lately—just see the much-ballyhooed versions at joints like Lafayette, Uncle Boons and Le Coq Rico. It was warm and cozy and non-drafty and the decor was modern with comfortable banquets. It was a lot of food! This is not a pancakes-in-your-pajamas sort of spot, but rather a lobster-for-breakfast-in-your-Sunday-best kind of joint. First opened in 1993, the fine dining institution has introduced impeccable French fare courtesy of Michelin mainstay Daniel Boulud to two decades of Upper East Side diners. Stationed on the expansive ground floor of the , the Upper East Side venue feels far away from the cozy downtown terroir that defines Estela.
You would never guess it, but they have food and alcohol here. Served austerely with a few slices of red onion and pickle, these handfuls must be eaten quickly, before the juice soaks through the bottom of the bun. The mac and cheese is off the charts, though be forewarned it'll take at least 25 minutes to make its way to your table. Since their humble beginnings nearly thirty years ago as a health food store, Candle Cafe has expanded to three locations in Manhattan: two on the Upper East Side and one on the Upper West. We also had the baby eggplant special appetizer which was to die for.
We like the ramen here best particularly the minced pork one , but their dumplings are also solid, as are the broth-less banmen dishes, and the rice donburis. If sushi isn't your speed, try one of the cooked dishes, like shrimp tempura or chicken and vegetable udon. Best smoked fish: 541 Amsterdam Avenue Every New Yorker has an allegiance to a Jewish deli. By all counts, Boulud's fare is as unrelenting as ever, with signature dishes like roasted halibut, served with Thai basil and a mellow yogurt-curry sauce, providing an indulgent argument for white tablecloth fine dining. Along with dark spirits, Scots suds are on offer at the glossy wood bar. When it comes to the bird, Rotisserie Georgette has its chickens in a row.
The hummus is always great. The alcohol is more-or-less standard, but for food you can get calamari, cheese curds covered in gravy, or savory mozzarella French toast. Saunter up to the counter and place an order for your favorite rolls, but pay attention, as you can run up a tall bill pretty quickly. We did not say anything, but it should have been planned out better. Here, White and his business partner Ahmass Fakahany have created a neighborhood restaurant for a clientele that has craved an elegant French brasserie since the. The no-frills space and brusque service have helped make this place an institution since 1908. Suck down oysters, sample caviar, and munch on snow crab with miso mayonnaise at one of the chic white marble tables.
As you may have been led to believe by the name, much of the sushi here is seasoned with their spice of choice - you guessed it: pink gari. While we love Moti Mahal Deluxe, Om is the Indian restaurant where we eat most frequently. More upscale Mexican than taqueria, but not as uppity, Toloache deliciously functions somewhere in between the two. Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, perfect service and concern that we ordered well from the owner who checked on us several times. However, our recommendation would be to sit down, relax and amble your way through a more proper tasting. Regulars swear up and down about the salted caramel donuts, so hold out on ordering that second helping of truffle fries. This is big enough for 2 people to share.