If you grew up on the UES, it’s possible you came to Elio’s to celebrate your parents’ wedding anniversary when you were eight years old. Of the high-end, old-school Italian places in the neighborhood, this one is perhaps the most festive (it’s also where Gwenyth Paltrow hosted her 40th birthday). So you should expect loud parties crowded around circular tables, and plenty of martinis and plates of off-menu veal parm. Just be sure to make a reservation ahead of time - it gets packed in here (even on weeknights).
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Candle Cafe is one of your only vegan options on the Upper East Side, but it’s also pretty good.
Barking Dog is a casual American spot on the Upper East Side where you can sit outside during brunch with your dog.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
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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.
Noodle Pudding is a cash-only Italian restaurant near the Brooklyn Bridge. The pastas are always reliable, and the vibe is Perfect For Sunday Dinner.
Beebe’s is a restaurant in the bottom of The Boro Hotel in LIC, and it’s a perfect for when you’re in the area and need something easy.
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Peter Luger Steak House
Peter Luger is a New York City steakhouse institution, and eating here is an experience unlike any other in the city.
Uva is a rustic, cozy little Italian Upper East Side spot that is ideal for date night, mostly because it’s easy.
Emilio’s Ballato is an old-school Italian place in Soho that doesn’t take reservations, serves great food, and feels kind of like a clubhouse.
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