The Best Restaurants on the Upper East Side
The next time you find yourself in uptown Manhattan, look to the Upper East Side for some the tastiest, classiest, and craziest dishes you’ll find in all of New York. Best known as the place where The Jeffersons were movin on up, the Upper East Side was never really a food Mecca. Lower East Side has the edgy fare, Upper West Side has way more Michelin Stars, and Brooklyn has the foodie hipsters. But when celebrity chef Daniel Boulud ventured north of 55th Street to start his own restaurant back in 1993, the food on the Upper East Side started movinÕ on up, too. Tickle your tastebuds at any one (or all!) of these tasty eateries.
You might be unimpressed by the decor at this Malaysian and Shanghai restaurant, but you’ll stop caring as soon as you bite into that first soup dumpling. While some will swear you can’t get good dim sum outside of Hong Kong, native New Yorkers will swear by dim sum up and down Manhattan. Lychee House house will be sure to impress, as they blend the traditional recipes with some inventive twists.
Le Moulina Cafe
For a little taste of France on the Upper East Side, check out Le Moulina Cafe. Serving breakfast and lunch and brunch on the weekends this authentic little cafe serves French standards like Croque Monsieur and Nicoise salad. Once you’ve finished your meal, you can take a look at their quaint grocery that’s stocked with traditional French treats and gourmet items.
Richard Sandoval has made a name for himself in the culinary world with his inventive Latin cuisine, and Maya is no different. Committed to good food and good tequila, the restaurant boasts personal tequila lockers. Try the crowd-pleasing mushroom tacos and wash it down with one of NYC’s best margaritas. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday, where you can get $2 tacos and $6 margaritas. A price to make any patron say, Delicioso!
This Michelin reviewed restaurant has been delighting diners with its creative Thai food for years. You have to try the purple blossom dumplings, but be warned: they are almost too beautiful to eat. The ambiance strikes the perfect balance of playful and romantic, making The Nuaa a perfect spot for a date or a night out with friends.
No one would blame you for thinking frozen hot chocolate is an oxymoron, but Serendipity 3 has made a name for itself by making this chilly treat. Marilyn Monroe loved the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate so much that she regularly patronised the restaurant, and it’s reported that Jackie O once tried to buy the recipe off the owner. If unique desserts aren’t your thing, make a reservation 48 hours in advance for the record-setting $1,000 Opulence Sundae. It’s covered in chunks of the world’s most expensive chocolate bar and 23K gold leaf.
If you’re in the mood for an innovative cocktail, head on over to The Seamstress. This trendy bar and restaurant serves unique fare like a mutton burger, and features delicious mezcal cocktails. Careful not to drink too many, or you may find yourself on an impromptu shopping spree at the front of house. Greeting you at the door are glass cases filled with beautiful Shinola watches, Pendelton blankets, and Lotuff leather goods.
For a truly ritzy experience, visit Daniel. This two-star rated Michelin restaurant’s tasting menu features such decadent dishes like vodka-flambeed foie gras and roasted wild scottish grouse. But plan ahead! This fancy restaurant is in high demand, so a reservation is highly recommended. There’s no need to move on up when you’re already on the Upper East Side. Just walk around the neighborhood and know that, for your entire stay, you have arrived.