10 Best Restaurants on Manhattan's Upper East Side



A few knockouts withstanding, the Upper East Side hasn't historically been known for its culinary fare...but perhaps that pendulum is starting to swing. As neighborhood locals will tell you, there are certain UES joints that just hit the spot. For example, they look to Beyoglu when they're craving a Mediterranean meze platter fit for a king, or Toloache for those days when a shot of good tequila is needed to wash away the day.

Aside from these neighborhood haunts, top chef Daniel Boulud has also made the Upper East Side his home, building up not one, but two iconic eateries: Daniel and Cafe Boulud. Both heavily French, and yet perfectly approachable and unpretentious, his restaurants even draw stubborn downtowners a little further north.

Among other things, the Upper East Side offers the perfect backdrop for an after dinner stroll, and is often more accommodating to child-toting moms and dads than some of the swankier spots elsewhere in the city. What Soho is to models and the financiers who love them, the Upper East Side is to professionals who've grown up and settled down, while still fiercely maintaining their discerning palates. 

Below, we dive in to 10 of the best restaurants on the Upper East Side, whether you're looking for a quick bite, or a multi-course Michelin affair. 


Jones Wood Foundry
Photo courtesy of Jones Wood Foundry


Jones Wood Foundry has a communal table made of gnarled wood, long chesterfield banquettes and a cozy front bar that encourage a convivial atmosphere among the Brit expats and foodies who flock here. They come for the company and the food,...  Read More


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Regulars consider this meze joint in the East 80s one of the neighborhood's best deals, and rightly so. The hot and cold mezes are perfectly sharable for groups of all sizes, and each dish offered is its own unique brand of flavorful sensation.

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Heidi's House
Photo courtesy of Heidi's House by the Side of the Road


Heidi's House on the Side of the Road (yes, that's the full name) is one of those restaurants that's hidden in plain sight. It seems neighborhood locals have kept this place under wraps for years, but no more! Heidi's menu is short and concise,...  Read More


Toloache


More upscale Mexican than taqueria, but not as uppity, Toloache deliciously functions somewhere in between the two. You'll find your fair share of staples like guacamole, ceviches and tacos on the menu, but look a little closer and the...  Read More


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Café Boulud
Photo courtesy of Cafe Boulud


Daniel Boulud, proprietor of the famous "Daniel" restaurant, also owns the stylish Cafe Boulud. The menu is comprised of four sections, each with a different focus. La Tradition features classic French preparations, with items like foie gras...  Read More


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With over 20 different types of mussels on the menu, Flex pairs these PEI bi-valves with sauces that pay homage to yes, the French tradition, but also to India, Thailand, Italy - even Copenhagen. While there's a collection of salads on the menu,...  Read More


Sushi of Gari


Located in the East 70s, this handsome little eatery is one of the area's more upscale places to grab a bite. As you may have been led to believe by the name, much of the sushi here is seasoned with their spice of choice - you guessed it: pink...  Read More


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Founded in 1984, Candle Cafe is one of the leading vegan restaurants in New York City. Dedicated to bettering the health of their patrons and the planet, the restaurant was one of the very first doing farm-to-table, excluding the use of damaging...  Read More


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This Central Park stunner is still sparkling after all these years. First opened in 1993, the fine dining institution has introduced impeccable French fare courtesy of Michelin mainstay Daniel Boulud to two decades of Upper East Side diners. The...  Read More


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Flora Bar
Photo courtesy of Flora Bar NYC


Helmed by the team behind NYC darling Estela, Flora Bar is located in the Met Breuer, but it's a sincere mistake to write it off as a "museum" restaurant. Nearly everyone - from the NY Times to Thrillist - has named Flora Bar a top dining...  Read More


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Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

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