Five Mile Stone is essentially an overachieving Irish pub. It has two floors and some very nice wallpaper, and it feels like an old-timey house where all the furniture and appliances were replaced with a couple of bars and a bunch of tables. It’s a great place for some casual drinking with a group, it has a huge menu of all your standard bar foods, and it gets pretty loud and busy (in a fun way) on the weekends. So if you’ve been spending so much time at The Penrose that you run into someone you’ve dated every time you go there, start using this place as an alternative.
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2nd Floor Bar & Essen
2nd Floor Bar & Essen is a semi-hidden bar above 2nd Ave Deli on the Upper East Side. It’s perfect for date night, and the food is great.
JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
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If you have ever been to Pianos to see a band in the back room, you probably didn't expect that it's the kind of place that would turn out some damn good bar food.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken seems primed and ready to be reproduced and franchised all across the country. Whether that’s the actual plan or not, we have no idea. America could only be so lucky. Watch your back KFC. The Bromberg bros are coming for you.
Bonnie's Grill is a great neighborhood spot with a full menu of divey bar food classics. However, we still need better options for wings in the city, and Bonnie's doesn't quite make the cut.
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The East Pole
With its downtown vibe and solid menu, The East Pole is exactly the youthful shot in the arm the Upper East Side needed.
Jones Wood Foundry
A great British pub that will help you solve all of your Upper East Side problems, or at least the ones related to food.
Jack & Fanny’s
Jack and Fanny’s is an Upper East Side bar with great cocktails and a bocce ball court in the back.
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