Peng’s is a Chinese-slash-ramen spot that’s one of the Upper East Side’s more underrated restaurants. We like the ramen here best (particularly the minced pork one), but their dumplings are also solid, as are the broth-less banmen dishes, and the rice donburis. Nothing on the menu is over $15, and there are also plenty of sakes, making this an ideal low-key weeknight meal.
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Walking by Bella Blu, you might assume it’s just like every other mediocre, stuffy restaurant in the Upper East Side. Stuffy, it most certainly is. But it’s actually far from mediocre – as long as you order correctly.
The Penrose is one of several Upper East Side restaurants that are making this neighborhood sort of cool again. Sort of.
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Tsushima is a perfectly fine sushi spot in Midtown. It won’t blow your mind, but it might come in handy if you need something last-minute.
If you want to get a quick sit-down meal near Grand Central, go eat some pork katsu at Katsu-Hama.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.
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Sushi Seki Upper East Side
Open late and always excellent, Sushi Seki Upper East Side is our favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Sit at the counter and order piece by piece.
Beyoglu is a great Upper East Side spot for a casual dinner outside. Get the doner kebab.
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