The Daisy is the seatbelt of restaurants - it’s safe and overall pretty standard. You’ve likely tried most things on their menu at some point in life and said “yeah I like that food,” like salmon, mushroom risotto, and burrata. It’s usually easy to get a table here without waiting and they have outside seating on the sidewalk when the weather is nice.
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If you want to watch sports and eat some buffalo wings on the Upper East Side, Duke’s is a perfectly good option.
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.
Neil's Coffee Shop
The food at Neil's hasn't changed in half a century, but we're okay with that. This Upper East Side diner is a classic.
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Moloko is a cash-only cocktail bar in Bed-Stuy where you can get food late. Bring a date, or stop by on your way home and eat a wagyu hot dog at 2am.
Post is a tiny restaurant in Alphabet City where you can eat a biscuit sandwich or a burger at a little bar.
Fieldtrip is a counter-service spot in Harlem that specializes in rice bowls, and it’s good for something quick and affordable.
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The Penrose is one of several Upper East Side restaurants that are making this neighborhood sort of cool again. Sort of.
Uva is a rustic, cozy little Italian Upper East Side spot that is ideal for date night, mostly because it’s easy.
Sushi Seki Upper East Side
Open late and always excellent, Sushi Seki Upper East Side is our favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Sit at the counter and order piece by piece.
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