If you spend time on the Upper East Side, this Italian restaurant is one that you should be aware of for casual dates or meals with your family. In the summertime, they set up sidewalk seating with enough distance from the pedestrians going to New York Sports Club or walking their goldendoodles on 3rd Avenue. Aside from the thin-crust pizzas, salads, and pastas on the menu, the complimentary garlic focaccia might be better than anything else here.
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The food at Amali is both interesting and delicious, which makes it stand out from the rest of the overpriced stuff in the neighborhood.
An Upper East Side French restaurant from Michael White with very good food. It's fancy, without being too formal.
Candle Cafe is one of your only vegan options on the Upper East Side, but it’s also pretty good.
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Mike's Bistro is a big deal in the world of kosher restaurants. Although its appearance might suggest differently, this is a popular special occasion spot, especially with the younger generation. The food is good, even though the decor isn't.
Eataly: La Birreria
We didn't see it coming, but we actually really dig the beer garden on the roof of Eataly. You’ll be hard pressed to find one with a larger variety of good things to eat, and the crowd is much more pleasant up here than in the tourist packed insanity that exists underneath it.
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Uva is a rustic, cozy little Italian Upper East Side spot that is ideal for date night, mostly because it’s easy.
A little Italian cafe and sandwich shop on the Upper East Side near Central Park. We love the sandwiches, but hate how much they cost.
A meal at Flora Bar, in the basement of the Met Breuer on the Upper East Side, makes you feel like you’re getting away with something.
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