Dining on the Upper East Side

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The Upper East Side is many things to many people. For some, the neighborhood offers the best in art, with Museum Mile drawing culture enthusiasts from around the world. For others, the area remains Manhattan’s shopping mecca, with Madison Avenue’s flagship fashions. However, the one thing the Upper East Side has never really been known for is a dynamic culinary culture…until now.

There is no denying that the Upper East Side is enjoying a culinary renaissance. Now, moving in beside decade-old appetizing shops and subterranean Italian haunts are new restaurants, cocktail bars and specialty purveyors. This convergence of old and new has created a thrilling moment in time for the neighborhood.

Below are a few of our favorite new dining destinations on the Upper East Side.    

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Oslo Coffee Roasters

Coffee at Oslo Coffee Roasters, 422 East 75th Street
Sitting quietly on a charming, tree-lined block, Oslo Coffee Roaster is a small space with a big punch, serving up expert espressos and an excellent selection of seasonal coffee.

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August

Brunch at August, 791 Lexington Avenue
Opening late Fall 2014, August is a pretty transplant from the West Village. Beloved for its rustic, reimagined comfort fare, August offers warm cuisine, in a warm environment.

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The East Pole

Lunch at The East Pole, 33 East 65th Street
Uptown’s answer to downtown’s fashionable Fat Radish restaurant, The East Pole opened in 2013 and was instantly inducted as an Upper East Side favorite. With a new cookbook recently launched, it would be tempting to enjoy The East Pole’s recipes from home, but then you wouldn’t have the ever cool bar scene complimenting your Fennel + Fish Pie.

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Boqueria

Aperitivo at Boqueria, 1460 2nd Avenue
Inspired by the best tapas bars in Barcelona, Boqueria has long been a Soho and Flatiron staple on the dining scene, the choice after-work watering hole for a glass of cava and pintxos. With a 3rd outpost now open in the Upper East Side, the Boqueria tapas movement is gaining more ground, to the delight of hungry Manhattanites.

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Tanoshi

Dinner at Tanoshi, 1372 York Avenue
Helmed as one of the best omakases in town, Tanoshi is committed to upholding classic sushi tradition. For those luckiest enough to snag a seat at the sushi counter, don’t forget to bring your own sake!

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Jones Wood Foundry

Nightcap at Jones Wood Foundry, 401 East 76th Street
While only a few years old, Jones Wood Foundry feels like it’s been a part of the Upper East Side’s culinary community for years – which is just the way it likes it! In the spirit of UK public houses, Jones Wood Foundry is a jovial gathering spot for all Upper East Siders who come to enjoy a beer or glass of wine, paired with some of the best British fare in town.

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San Francisco by Hood



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View from Land’s End Trail

San Francisco is a city made up of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own distinct energy, character and flavor.  From butter-filled pastries to house-made pastas, not to mention some of the best dim sum in the country, we could spend days strolling the rolling streets of San Francisco, with a clear conscience that we’d be getting a killer workout in-between!

Here, we list a few of our favorite dining haunts in San Francisco by Hood.  Happy eating!

North Beach

Tosca Cafe
Founded in 1919, this dive bar was reimagined in 2014 as a modern Italian restaurant by famed duo, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman.  Grab a seat at the long wooden bar or settle in to one of the cozy cushioned booths, order the Bucatini with Guanciale and Suffering Bastard cocktail and savor life. 242 Columbus Ave.

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Photo credit: Boomerang

Hayes Valley

20th Century Café
A charming Eastern European-inspired eatery, where the staff is dressed in 1950s retro attire and the counters are lined with baking sheets topped with pastry dough and apples, 20th Century Café is a darling enclave in the middle of trendy Hayes Valley.  Be sure to treat yourself to the perogies and apple strudel, and while you’re at it, the whipped cream on the side. 198 Gough St.

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Homemade Apple Strudel

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Monsieur Benjamin
Beef tartare.  Escargot.  Frogs Legs.  Monsieur Benjamin, brought to you from the Michelin-starred Benu team, has it all, evoking the best of Paris’ bistro culture.  Settling into the restaurant, encased in what seems like a glorious glass box, you can imagine yourself  sitting street-side, watching the world go by in Hayes Valley. 451 Gough St.

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Photo credit: sfhog

Outer Sunset

Outerlands
It’s out there!  Hop an UBER and hightail it over to Outer Sunset for some of the city’s best brunch fare.  But before you dive into the duck soup or the eggs-in-jail, start your meal off with a touch of sweetness with one of Outerlands seasonal glazed doughnuts or Dutch pancakes.  And not to worry if there is a wait, Golden Gate Park and Land’s End Trail are just a skip away.  Nothing like working up a sweat before breakfast. 4001 Judah St.

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Glazed Doughnut with Apple Cider & Yams

Mission

Trick Dog
Talk about innovative.  Tucked into a residential street in the Mission, Trick Dog is one of San Francisco’s best cocktail lairs, ambitious enough to completely change its menu twice a year.  On one visit, you could be served cocktails named after colors on the pantone wheel.  The next, menus printed on city maps featuring concoctions after iconic city spots.  Coupled with bar-centric bites, it’s a Mission must. 3010 20th St.

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Photo credit: Serious Eats

Pacific Heights

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Butter makes everything better.  At least that seems to be the philosophy at b.patisserie.  In deciding between the butter croissant or the almond croissant, opt for the kouign amann and never look back.  Unless it’s for one of their chocolate/banana/almond combo croissants.  Heaven lives in Pacific Heights! 2821 California St.

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Pastries Piled High

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Yank Sing
Finding good dim sum is like searching for the Holy Grail in this country.  So walking into Yank Sing is like approaching a holy site.  We’d pray before those soup dumplings and duck buns everyday, and twice on Sunday…seriously, no one will judge if you go twice in one day.  Yank Sing has two locations just for that very purpose. 101 Spear St, and 49 Stevenson St.

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Dim Sum Tablescape

Other spots not to be missed in San Francisco:

Rich Table

Flour + Water

Smitten Ice Cream

Hog Island Oyster Co.

The Mill

Craftsman & Wolves

Wise Sons Deli

Kin Khao

Les Clos

The Palace

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On The Road in Cobble Hill

Last month, we traveled to Brooklyn to host a special On The Road experience in Cobble Hill.  A roving feast of sweet buns, 7-layer cookies and whoopie pies, we treated guests to an exclusive Court Street Cake Walk, getting a taste for the neighborhood’s century-old bakeries along with a  few dessert shop newcomers. Check out our sweet adventure, both on and off the Court (Street).

We were joined On The Road by onefinestay, the ideal unhotel experience.  Check out more on onefinestay.

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Day in the Hood: Nolita

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There’s no hiding it – we could spend an entire day in Nolita, and come back for more the next day. Wedged between Little Italy and Soho, Nolita is home to some of our favorite finds, both on and off the plate. Take a day trip downtown with our guide to the best of Nolita.

9:00am – Breakfast at Egg Shop, 151 Elizabeth Street
This light-filled cafe is an ode to the humble egg, with breakfast bowls, sandwiches and customizable egg and cheese. In true NYC style, you can even get your eggs with a side of fried chicken.

11:00am – New Museum, 235 Bowery
Get inspired at this Bowery beauty. We’re excited for AUNTSforcamera, a dance-for-camera project, and Gerard & Kelly’s exhibit, P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange), both running through to February, 2015.

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Black Seeds Bagels lox sandwich. Photo: Grub Street

1:00pm – Lunch at Black Seed Bagels, 170 Elizabeth Street
Stop in for a sandwich, in this case, on a hand-rolled, wood-fired bagel. We love the lox with dill spread, radish and sprouts.

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Rachel Comey. Photo: Racked

3:00pm – Retail Therapy
Start at breezy jewelry treasure trove, Love, Adorned (269 Elizabeth Street), then head down Elizabeth to fragrance mecca Le Labo (233 Elizabeth Street) and lose yourself at Dinosaur Designs (211 Elizabeth Street), with their colorful Australian made resin homewares and jewelry.

Next, sidle over to our favorite independent bookstore, McNally Jackson Bookstore (52 Prince Street) and don’t miss the McNally Jackson Picture Room (236 Mulberry Street) for artworks by emerging artists. Finish up at the new Rachel Comey boutique (95 Crosby Street) for street style-friendly finds for winter.

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Estela’s beef tartare. Photo: Serious Eats

6:00pm – Apertif at Estela, 47 East Houston Street
Sit at the bar, order the beef tartare and a bottle from one of the best wine lists in the city. Who knows, you may even rub elbows with the Obamas.

8:00pm – Dinner at Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry Street
Take the best vodka pizza in town, mix it with some excellent mozzarella sticks, rice balls and cannoli, then throw in an awesome classic rock playlist, and you have the recipe for Rubirosa, arguably one of NYC’s greatest pizza spots.

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Mother’s Ruin slushie. Photo: Mother’s Ruin

10pm – Cocktail at Mother’s Ruin, 19 Spring Street
This adorable bar is home of the slushie cocktail. The flavors change regularly, including seasonal slushies like the Halloween-inspired Slashy (for those who prefer their pumpkin spice in cocktail form).

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Fall Restaurant Guide

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Empellon al Pastor. Photo: First We Feast

As we say goodbye to long days and warm nights, it’s time to welcome in the season’s hottest new restaurants. Fall is all about tacos, ramen and risotto, with the big names – Alex Stupak, Seamus Mullen and Torrisi/Carbone – expanding their culinary empires, alongside delicious newcomers including Cosme and Shuko. Here is our guide to 10 of the season’s most exciting new restaurant openings.

Empellon al Pastor
We became obsessed with tacos al pastor after a summer jaunt to Tulum, so Alex Stupak’s next Mexican hotspot – dedicated to the mighty spit-grilled meat tacos topped with pineapple – can’t come soon enough. 132 St. Marks Place at Avenue A.

Chefs Club by Food & Wine
Food & Wine bring their bevy of best new chefs from the pages of its magazine to the kitchen with its new dining space in Soho’s Puck Building. We can’t wait for Le Pigeon’s Gabriel Rucker. 275 Mulberry Street.

Via Carota
What happens when you combine a beloved French bistro with one of New York’s Tuscan treasures? Via Carota – yes, Carrot Street! – is the Italian lovechild of Buvette’s Jody Williams and I Sodi’s Rita Sodi, featuring an all-day menu of antipasto, aperitivo and other Italian delights. 51 Grove Street at Bleecker Street.

El Colmado Butchery. Photo: Well + Good

El Colmado Butchery. Photo: Well + Good

El Colmado Butchery
Tertulia’s Seamus Mullen continues his Spanish supremacy with his new West Village tapas-come-butcher shop. 53 Little West 12th Street near Washington Street.

Major Food Group
The Torrisi/Carbone boys are on fire, fresh from opening Dirty French, set sail for coastal Italy with their yet-unnamed restaurant, next door to the new downtown Whitney Museum. 820 Washington Street neat Gansevoort Street.

Cosme
One of Mexico’s hottest chefs, Enrique Olvera, brings his wildly creative twist on tacos, tortas and beyond to Flatiron. 35 East 21st Street.

Shuko
Not to be confused with one of our favorite ramen-ya, Chuko in Brooklyn, Shuko will feature Neta alums Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau’s creative Japanese fare following a successful summer Hamptons pop-up. 47 East 12 Street.

Mu Ramen. Photo: NY Times

Mu Ramen. Photo: NY Times

Mu Ramen
NYC’s next ramen obsession? Mu Ramen in Long Island City, which started as a pop-up inside a bagel shop – how thoroughly New York. 1209 Jackson Avenue at 48th Avenue, Long Island City.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Gowanus’ adorable Four & Twenty Blackbirds Cafe gets a major upgrade at a new location down the street, adding a garden, rooftop herb garden and provisions store to its pie emporiumThird Avenue and Sackett Street, Brooklyn.

Dirt Candy
The home of New York’s most unique vegetarian fare is about to get a brand new space, complete with - rumor has it – dim sum carts. 86 Allen Street.

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