Nobody becomes a one-name celebrity overnight. Ringo played drums in dive bars, Beyonce was in Carmen: A Hip Hopera, and Jean-Georges - who now has more than 35 restaurants around the world - started at a stuffy French spot in a brownstone on the Upper East Side. It’s been around since 1991, but recently closed, and after updating the space and menu, reopened as a place that feels like a nice date spot in the West Village. The French-leaning dishes are still excellent, like the roasted chicken with crispy skin and perfectly cooked meat. But no matter what entree you order, make sure to start with the crab dumplings, which have dough that basically dissolve when you bite into them.
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The Upper East Side has a Xi’an too, and it’s a great place to spend around $10 on spicy hand-ripped noodles.
Perk is a good spot on the Upper East Side to grab a pastry and sit at a table while you work on your laptop.
An Upper East Side French restaurant from Michael White with very good food. It's fancy, without being too formal.
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L'Antagoniste is a casual French restaurant in Bed-Stuy that's good for a slightly pricey date night.
Le Bilboquet is a sceney French spot on the Upper East Side that, for whatever reason, specializes in cajun chicken.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
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The Grill is the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, run by the people behind Carbone. It’s very similar, very expensive, and worth it.
abcV is Jean-Georges’ third restaurant inside of the ABC Carpet & Home furniture store, and this one is all vegetarian. It’s also the best.
The Fulton in the South Street Seaport is where you should go to eat phenomenal seafood while looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge.
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