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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.