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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Bilao is a Filipino restaurant on the UES that works perfectly for lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends.
Russ & Daughters At The Jewish Museum
Russ & Daughters is the UES version of the legendary LES deli, in the basement of the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side.
Le Bilboquet is a sceney French spot on the Upper East Side that, for whatever reason, specializes in cajun chicken.
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Hart’s is a tiny place in Bed-Stuy with some surprisingly good food. The menu changes often, but they always play early 2000′s R&B.
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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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