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.