Poke doesn’t play by your rules. They’re cash-only, they don’t take reservations, and they’re BYOB. Those first two things are a little annoying but the third one’s alright. Bring a bottle of wine and expect a wait. The sushi is good and fresh, and that makes this a solid casual-dinner option on the UES.
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3 Guys doesn't have the best food around, but it's a New York classic and still a great spot for people watching.
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.
Le Pain Quotidien, you are officially on notice. Maison Kayser is better, and people can actually pronounce it. Sort of.
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Nagomi is a non-descript sushi restaurant on Prince Street that can be summed with one new tag on this website: Perfect For When You Can’t Get In to Blue Ribbon Sushi. It’s a solid stand-in for when you can’t get into the more exceptional spots in the area.
Omakase Room By Tatsu
This underground West Village space is a serious, quiet place for a pricey sushi meal that lasts 90 minutes.
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Sushi Seki Upper East Side
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.
THEP is a solid Upper East Side Thai spot with a long menu, an attractive space, and some outdoor seating.
Candle Cafe is one of your only vegan options on the Upper East Side, but it’s also pretty good.
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