It can be frustrating to walk around on the Upper East Side in search of outdoor seating. The handful of places that most people know are always swamped, which is why it’s good to know about the street seating at Serena’s. This place has a pretty standard cafe menu of salads and paninis, but we’d recommend sticking to wine and small plates.
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Candle Cafe is one of your only vegan options on the Upper East Side, but it’s also pretty good.
Barking Dog is a casual American spot on the Upper East Side where you can sit outside during brunch with your dog.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
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Ponyboy is a restaurant/bar in Greenpoint, and it’s where you go when it’s after 10pm and you’re looking for a place to dance.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
High 97 is a concession stand with burgers and fried fish at Beach 97th Street in Rockaway Beach.
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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.
The original Patsy’s in East Harlem makes excellent pizza for a sit-down meal or a slice at the counter.
East Harlem Bottling Co.
East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
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