At 6pm every night, Eli’s Essentials - a daytime cafe on 79th - turns into Eli’s Night Shift, specializing in cocktails and craft beer. Lots of bar seats, a few big tables, a well-designed space, and a solid menu of snacks make this place an excellent post-work or pre-dinner drinking situation, or an early-in-the-game date destination.
Where we've featured it
When getting a drink is priority one, but you also want the option to eat something good, use this guide.
More spots in Upper East SideSee more
San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina
If you want to sit down and eat a good pizza on the UES, San Matteo is the place. It’s big and casual, and there’s also stuff besides pizza here.
The Stumble Inn
When you want to feel like an undergrad and watch sports on the Upper East Side, head to The Stumble Inn.
More American spotsSee more
Chocolat is a restaurant in Harlem where you can eat some red velvet pancakes or a big serving of shrimp and grits.
District Tap House
District Tap House is a big bar in the Garment District with booths, TV, and booths with their own TVs.
Sea Wolf is a seafood place right off the L train in Bushwick that has a solid Happy Hour and raw bar.
Suggested by our writers
The East Pole
The East Pole is a restaurant where you should meet a friend for a martini in the east 60s.
Jack & Fanny’s
Jack and Fanny’s is an Upper East Side bar with great cocktails and a bocce ball court in the back.
Chez Nick is an American bistro that’s one of the best casual date spots on the Upper East Side.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more