Doc Watson’s is a bar on the Upper East Side with street seating out front, a long bar inside, and a small beer garden out back. They do a solid Happy Hour during the week until 7pm and after 11pm, along with nightly specials on bar food. On the weekends, if you’re looking to get brunch while watching sports on TV, you can get food with two drinks for $16.
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Eastfield’s is a sort-of-healthy restaurant on the UES where you can bring a date and pretend you’re downtown.
Elio’s is an old-school Italian restaurant on the UES that’s great for a birthday party or a night of martinis and veal parm with a friend.
Tri Dim Shanghai
For casual Chinese food on the Upper East Side, Tri Dim Shanghai is probably your best option. Stop by and eat some soup dumplings.
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Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
Five Boroughs is a brewery in Sunset Park where you can drink a bunch of different types of beers a few feet from where they’re made.
The Malt House
The Malt House is one of the least-worst pubs in Greenwich Village. If you’re in the area, and you need a beer and some french fries, stop in.
Island Burgers & Shakes
For a quick hitter in Hell's Kitchen, Island Burgers & Shakes is a decent local option. Beyond that, please do us a favor and venture elsewhere for a burger more satisfying.
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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.
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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