Vella is a big Mediterranean spot on the Upper East Side serving tapas that range from patatas bravas to tuna tartare to a duck flatbread. It’s all pretty expensive, so we like this place best for wine and oyster Happy Hour at the long bar, or for brunch with a group at an outdoor table on 2nd Avenue.
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Felice is a mini-chain from the people behind Sant Ambroeus, and the location on 83rd is one of the better date spots in the area.
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala is a food truck on the UES where you can get a quick lunch or fries covered in grilled steak, mayo, and salsa dulce.
The Met Rooftop
The Met Rooftop is a large rooftop bar on top of the museum that has an excellent view of Central Park.
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Omar’s - 39th Street
Omar’s is a Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown East where you should be eating lunch in the area.
Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
Pera is a big Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown, and it’s a decent option for dinner with a group near Grand Central.
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The East Pole
The East Pole is a restaurant where you should meet a friend for a martini in the east 60s.
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.
Heidi’s House By The Side Of The Road
Heidi’s House is a good spot to drop in for a drink and some affordable bar food on the Upper East Side.
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