Vella is a big Mediterranean spot on the Upper East Side serving tapas that range from patatas bravas to tuna tartare to a duck flatbread. It’s all pretty expensive, so we like this place best for wine and oyster Happy Hour at the long bar, or for brunch with a group at an outdoor table on 2nd Avenue.
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Korali Estiatorio is an upscale Greek restaurant on the UES that’s perfect for dinner with your family or a nicer catch-up with a friend.
Caffe Buon Gusto
Caffe Buon Gusto is a casual Italian restaurant on the UES, and it's one of the best date spots in the area.
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Queen of Falafel
Queen of Falafel is a tiny spot (attached to House of Yes) serving the freshest and tastiest Mediterranean food in Bushwick.
Reunion is a low-key Israeli cafe in Williamsburg, and it’s great for a casual breakfast or brunch when you don’t want to deal with a long wait.
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The East Pole
The East Pole is a restaurant where you should meet a friend for a martini in the east 60s.
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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