From walking your dog in Carl Schurz Park to picking up medical knowledge by osmosis, Yorkville on the Upper East Side has a lot going for it. What it doesn’t have, however, is a lot of restaurant options in the date night department. Enter Chez Nick, an American bistro where you can get a glass of wine and ricotta toast with someone who thinks your “two truths and a lie” are clever, or cucumber martinis and lemongrass pork steak over garlic fried rice with someone who knows your social security number. There’s no seating at L-shaped bar in the middle of the dining room for the time being, but the small wooden tables near the big windows, or the slightly elevated alcove in the back, or the quiet sidewalk outside are all good places to share duck ragout-drenched pappardelle.
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Roy’s Fish Market
Roy’s Fish Market is a tiny fishmonger with a sushi bar in the back, and it’s a solid option for affordable pick-up sushi on the UES.
DTUT is both a coffee shop and a bar, and you can also make your own s’mores here. If you live on the Upper East Side, it’s a useful place.
Cafe D’Alsace is an Alsatian restaurant on the UES that’s good for a nice meal with your extended family or a drink at the bar.
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Cafe Standard is the cafe/bar in the bottom of the Standard East Village, and it’s open all day.
The Smith Midtown
If Midtown East is the final frontier of food-obsessed New York City, The Smith Midtown is the Starship Enterprise.
These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
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The Penrose is one of several Upper East Side restaurants that are making this neighborhood sort of cool again. Sort of.
The Jeffrey is an Upper East Side East beer garden and espresso bar, with great bar snacks and excellent cocktails. Be happy you’ve heard of it.
Daniel is a New York City fine dining classic. Save it for a special occasion and eat in the salon, where things are a bit more laid back.
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