Marinara might just seem like an average slice place - but it’s one of the best spots for pizza on the Upper East Side, and there a couple of tables where you can hang out and eat. They typically have a bunch of different square and round slices like pesto and buffalo chicken, but we tend to keep it simple and go for the pepperoni. And if you’re with someone who doesn’t consider pizza a complete meal, there’s also some bigger stuff like pasta and chicken parm.
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The food at Amali is both interesting and delicious, which makes it stand out from the rest of the overpriced stuff in the neighborhood.
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Belle Reve is a sort of bar/gastropub that’s known to turn into a full on party from time to time. The food is good, but the partying is better.
Chez Ma Tante
Chez Ma Tante is a neighborhood spot that looks like every other Brooklyn restaurant - but it’s not. Come here for simple, excellent food.
The Grill is the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, run by the people behind Carbone. It’s very similar, very expensive, and worth it.
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Eastfield’s is a sort-of-healthy restaurant on the UES where you can bring a date and pretend you’re downtown.
Flex is a restaurant import from Prince Edward Island, which immediately gives it some credibility - "P.E.I" as they call it, is the source of some of the best mussels the world has to offer.
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