Calexico is a California-style Mexican place where you can get jalapeño poppers and/or a burrito in a bowl with extra “crack sauce.” As you probably guessed, it isn’t the absolute best Mexican food in the city - but it’s good for a quick, casual meal when you don't actually feel like using your own kitchen. It’s also perfect for an inexpensive night out with a friend or two. There are several locations in the city, and this one on the Upper East Side has a big bar and plenty of tables.
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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.
Sasabune Express is a casual sushi spot on the UES that serves great handrolls and sushi platters.
Le Charlot is a French bistro on the UES where you can eat some steak au poivre and eavesdrop on people who occasionally buy art.
We’ve seen some seriously good reviews of Rotisserie Georgette in reputable publications, like the New Yorker. As far as we can tell, your fondness for this place is directly related to how worried you’ll be about bill at the end of the night. And that’s really the clientele here – people who don’t worry much about bills.
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For All Things Good
For All Things Good is a Mexican cafe in Bed-Stuy that nixtamalizes its own corn. They make the best tortillas in Brooklyn.
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Open late and always excellent, Sushi Seki Upper East Side is our favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Sit at the counter and order piece by piece.
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