If you aren’t familiar with the Meatball Shop, you probably haven’t lived in NYC for very long. It’s a place that got somewhat famous for serving a bunch of different meatballs in various ways, and there are several NYC locations, including this one on the UES. Like the nearby Calexico, the Meatball Shop is another place on the Upper East Side where you can go when you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cook, or when you need to go out for dinner but aren’t trying to spend a fortune. It’s also worth knowing their vegetarian meatballs are actually pretty good.
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The Health Nuts
Health Nuts is an Upper East Side nutrition shop that has lots supplements we've never heard of, but also an excellent, cheap juice bar in the back.
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.
Bombay Chowk is a casual Indian restaurant on the UES with neon lights, chairs that look like thrones, and some very good chicken kadai.
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RH Rooftop Restaurant
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