Vella is a big Mediterranean spot on the Upper East Side serving tapas that range from patatas bravas to tuna tartare to a duck flatbread. It’s all pretty expensive, so we like this place best for wine and oyster Happy Hour at the long bar, or for brunch with a group at an outdoor table on 2nd Avenue.
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3 Guys doesn't have the best food around, but it's a New York classic and still a great spot for people watching.
A reliable classic French Upper East Side bistro with one of the best salads of all time.
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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Evelina is a Mediterranean spot that feels cooler than most of the other neighborhood restaurants in Fort Greene.
Pheasant is a neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant in Williamsburg where you and your friends should spend a few hours on a Wednesday evening.
Beyoglu is a great Upper East Side spot for a casual dinner outside. Get the doner kebab.
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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.
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.
East Harlem Bottling Co.
East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
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