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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Emmy Squared UES
Of course the UES has an Emmy Squared now, and the pizza here is just as good as it is at their other locations.
Barking Dog is a casual American spot on the Upper East Side where you can sit outside during brunch with your dog.
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Jack's Wife Freda
A good spot for your weekend brunch rotation, but don't rely on it for dinner. Jack's Wife Freda does not get better when the sun goes down.
If you want some pasta or a piece of fish on the UWS, Tessa is a decent option. It’s a big, dimly-lit space, and the food is solid.
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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.
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.
Heidi’s House By The Side Of The Road
Heidi’s House is a good spot to drop in for a drink and some affordable bar food on the Upper East Side.
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