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When putting the words "food" and "good" in the same sentence, Midtown East probably doesn't come to mind. But if you know how to navigate it, you'll actually find a neighborhood that's full of great #EEEEEATS, both from old local favorites and new restaurants that deserve more attention.

Here are six spots in Midtown East that people who grew up here (like me) knoware awesome, but you probably don’t. *

Hatsuhana

Hatsuhana
17 E. 48th St.
New York, NY 10017
212-355-3345
Website Dreaming of Jiro? Your dream probably looks something like this, except Hatsuhana has two floors, a much larger menu, and nobody’s made a movie about it. As a matter of fact, apart from the Japanese business folk, not many people know it exists at all. Be sure to order The Box of Dreams, a $40 offering that consists of 9 different types of sashimi over rice.


Ethos Gallery

Ethos Gallery
905 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10022
212-888-4060
Website Ethos Gallery is a Greek tapas restaurant with a selection of fish so fresh you'd think your waiter caught your piece of Branzino out of the Mediterranean right after you ordered it. This place is known for a few things: middle age folk dancing on tables, free dessert for good people, and frequent visits by Emeril Lagasse. Pro Tip: The wait here can be kind of long, so make sure to make a reservation and get there on time.


Sasabune Express

Sasabune Express
322 E. 59th St.
New York, NY 10022
212-588-8998

There's always been a lot of hype around Sasabune, an Upper East Side sushi restaurant that's one of the best in NYC. What most people don't know, however, is that you can get the same quality fish for better prices at Sasabune's semi-new counterpart in Midtown East. This place is on a stretch of 59th Street by the bridge that you’ve definitely never walked down on purpose, but is definitely worth a visit. A few things to keep in mind: don't expect the service to be great, and don't expect to be here for more than an hour. Do expect great quality sushi at an affordable price.


Bar Vetro

Bar Vetro
222 E. 58th St.
New York, NY 10022
212-308-0112
Website

People who know what's good in Midtown East know that Vetro makes for a great date spot. It's understated, romantic, and the food is delicious. This neighborhood spot has been around for a while, and the atmosphere is just about as charming as Tony, the guy who will greet you on your way in with a (friendly not creepy) kiss on both cheeks after your second or third visit.Order up some pastas and you'll be happy. Very happy.


Crave Fishbar

Crave Fishbar
945 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10022
646-895-9585

It's pretty hard to come by an all-around solid restaurant that offers so many specials, and that's one of the many things we love about this place. Crave Fishbar does a killer $1 oyster happy hour and a Mussels Monday special that's hard to beat. Or you can come here for lunch and get the La Frieda Burger, which also won't disappoint.


Grata

Grata
1076 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10022
212-842-0007
Website

Back in the day, Grata was home to the infamous Casa La Femme (think old-school hookah bar with crappy Mediterranean food and belly dancer's prancing around like prostitutes circa 1910). Since then, the place has transformed into an upscale restaurant, and that's a vast improvement. Or maybe it's not, depending on what you're in to. We love it here because there are no surprises. You can always expect a good meal, especially if you have (atleast) a half order of their gargenelli on your table.

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