The fact that there’s a Russ & Daughters here is possibly the best-kept secret on the Upper East Side. It’s both a full-service restaurant and a takeout operation, and it’s buried in the basement of The Jewish Museum on 92nd Street and 5th Avenue. It isn’t the most accessible (you have to go through a metal detector at the museum, then hop in an elevator or take the stairs), but it still improves the quality of life on the Upper East Side. Stop by on a Sunday morning and get a bagel with some best smoked salmon in the city.
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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.
Angkor Cambodian Bistro
Angkor Cambodian Bistro is an incredible Cambodian restaurant in the East 60s you should tell everyone you know on the UES about.
Mountain Bird is a poultry-focused French bistro in Harlem, run by a Japanese couple. Sound interesting? It is. It's also excellent.
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A nice, big Bushwick restaurant with interesting pastas. It's not quite a destination, but it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.
Now that the food and the crowd have improved for the better, Hudson Clearwater gets an improved rating, and more frequent Infatuation visits.
Fred's at Barneys NY
Why on earth are we reviewing a famous department store restaurant? Because it’s hilarious, that’s why. Nowhere else will you find such an entertaining mix of blown-out 55-going-on-22 moms, burnt-out post-college city natives, and people who think they look like celebrities but most definitely aren’t.
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Zabar’s is a longstanding gourmet deli on the Upper West Side that’s famous for smoked fish.
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