Home to some of the most famous museums in the world and just next to NYC’s picture-perfect Central Park, the Upper East Side is one of the most culturally rich, historic parts of New York City. This authentic pocket of Manhattan is a much-loved attraction for both global visitors and long-time locals. Here are 5 Upper East Side spots that’ll keep you well fed for those walks along the avenues:
Tucked into a subterranean space on 82nd Street, the original New York outpost of Flex Mussels serves up globally inspired seafood and inventive desserts. Husband and wife team Bobby and Laura Shapiro, along with daughter Alexandra, run the colorful (and otherwise simple) space. A rare beer selection and handpicked wine list round out the unique menu.
Photo provided by Ristorante Morini. Photo by Anthony Jackson.
From acclaimed chef Michael White, Ristorante Morini serves hearty, regional Italian cuisine focused on handmade pastas and fresh seafood. The spacious restaurant boasts a sophisticated vibe with neutral, simple decor, dark wood finishings and large windows overlooking Madison Avenue. A strong selection of global wines is available by the bottle, half bottle or glass, plus beers and cocktails.
The second full-service outpost of the world-famous Russ & Daughters store offering the best in Jewish comfort food, Russ & Daughters Cafe at the Jewish Museum reflects an unpretentious commitment to authenticity that’s been part of Manhattan’s storied Lower East Side for over 100 years. Located inside the Jewish Museum, the eatery serves an entirely kosher menu including fresh breads and pastries, smoked fish, knishes, salads, soups and egg creams. Iconic white decor, brick walls and a lengthy mural depicting New York create a timeless, comfortable space.
The Bar Room is a stylish neighborhood bistro with creative New American plates. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, the menu offers inventive takes on classic dishes along with a solid selection of cured meats and cheeses, craft beers, cocktails and plenty of whiskeys. The dining room is lively and spacious with a long sleek bar, tufted leather seating and checkered tile floors.
Georgette Farkas’ Rotisserie Georgette offers rustic French fare, prepared over crackling flames in a partly open kitchen. Tempting cocktails and a thoughtful wine list complement Chef Chad Brauze’s cuisine, along with fresh ingredients and to-die-for desserts. The elegant dining room features touches both rustic and refined.