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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Candle Cafe is one of your only vegan options on the Upper East Side, but it’s also pretty good.
The food at Amali is both interesting and delicious, which makes it stand out from the rest of the overpriced stuff in the neighborhood.
Sushi Jin is a sushi spot on the UES, and it’s one of the best places to get an omakase in the East 80s.
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A simple, enjoyable, cash-only Italian restaurant in the West Village. If you don’t know about Malatesta, you should.
Via Carota is a walk-in only Italian spot in the West Village, and there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait a few hours for a table. It’s worth it.
Always packed Morandi in the West Village is a popular spot serving Italian favorites. The porterhouse for two is amazing.
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The East Pole
The East Pole is a restaurant where you should meet a friend for a martini in the east 60s.
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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