Scalinatella is one of the many overpriced Italian restaurants that populates the Upper East Side. The food isn’t going to blow your mind, but it’s a good spot if you’re looking for an old-school Italian experience. It’s also fairly likely you’ll run into Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Rudy Giuliani while you’re there. You can decide how you feel about that.
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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
Le Pain Quotidien, you are officially on notice. Maison Kayser is better, and people can actually pronounce it. Sort of.
JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
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Vini E Fritti
Located inside the Redbury Hotel, Vini E Fritti is a wine and snack bar that’s a great place to meet someone in Nomad.
Popina is a tiny, casual restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The food is a mix of Southern and Italian, and they do some great chicken and pasta.
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The East Pole
With its downtown vibe and solid menu, The East Pole is exactly the youthful shot in the arm the Upper East Side needed.
Uva is a rustic, cozy little Italian Upper East Side spot that is ideal for date night, mostly because it’s easy.
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