As many of you know, I am currently an upper east side resident, and exploring this oft-overlooked neighborhood has been my personal mission over the past two months. While “cutting edge” and “trendy” aren’t normally the words that you would associate with this area, I think that there is certainly something to be said for “local” and “low key” with a side of “quality.” While I still have much more exploring to do, read on for my list of favorite spots to stake out on Manhattan’s upper east side.
Hutch & Waldo – This tiny Aussie coffee shop has some of the friendliest people I’ve met working there. They also make a mean flat white, and the decor makes me want to move in.
JG Melon – Nothing beats a bacon cheeseburger and cottage fries, am I right? JG Melon has aged well, and remains a neighborhood institution. Don’t forget to get a Bloody Bull with lunch.
Flora Bar – From the people who brought you Estela (one of my favorite NYC restaurants, ever), this beautiful restaurant in the Met Breuer space (formerly the Whitney) is perhaps the most scene-y spot I’ve encountered on the UES. If the higher prices are a turn-off, go for a coffee and a sticky bun and sit in the sun-bathed entryway.
The Penrose – One of my favorite cocktail spots in the area, you can’t beat the Penrose for a dirty pickle martini and a dark, quiet corner.
Orwasher’s – One of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten in my life, period. This cookie is up there with Levain, people, and surpasses the oft-Instagrammed donuts and croissants from this little bakery.
Ines – On the newer side, the little white-washed all-day cafe is a neighborhood gem. Grab a window seat, an excellent coffee, and a meal that ranges from feel-good healthy to decadent, depending on your mood.
Uva – If pasta is the name of your game, look no further than Uva. The antipasti platters and the pappardelle ragu are the standouts here.
Quality Eats – I know, I know, an outpost of a downtown spot that we’ve all heard about. But I think that the UES location is the brightest and airiest of them all, and you can’t beat the monkey bread and PBJ bacon.
One thought on “Upper East Side Guide”
Definitely check out The Sweet Shop on 73rd between 1st / 2nd Ave! Has Odd Fellows + Van Leeuwen’s ice cream. 🙂