The Daisy is the seatbelt of restaurants - it’s safe and overall pretty standard. You’ve likely tried most things on their menu at some point in life and said “yeah I like that food,” like salmon, mushroom risotto, and burrata. It’s usually easy to get a table here without waiting and they have outside seating on the sidewalk when the weather is nice.
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Bombay Chowk is a casual Indian restaurant on the UES with neon lights, chairs that look like thrones, and some very good chicken kadai.
The Met Rooftop
The Met Rooftop is a large rooftop bar on top of the museum that has an excellent view of Central Park.
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The HiHi Room
The HiHi Room is a neighborhood spot in Boerum Hill, and it’s a great place to grab a burger and a few cocktails with a friend.
Studio is the all-day restaurant on the second floor of the Freehand Hotel, and it’s a great place to eat a burger and people watch.
The City Bakery
City Bakery is a bi-level café near Union Square known for its baked goods, hot chocolate, and pricey (but pretty decent) salad bar.
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The Penrose is one of several Upper East Side restaurants that are making this neighborhood sort of cool again. Sort of.
Uva is a rustic, cozy little Italian Upper East Side spot that is ideal for date night, mostly because it’s easy.
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.
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