Upper East Side
A culinary heat wave has hit an unexpected New York neighborhood: not Red Hook, not Bushwick, not Bed Stuy, but the long-neglected Upper East Side, aka the “Upper Least.” Despite the bad rap it gets when it comes to dining, the Upper East Side is drawing high profile critics like Steve Cuozzo and Pete Wells, and there are actually some great restaurant options for anyone determined enough to look for them. (more…)
Errands are much less tedious when you can combine them with good food. So when you find yourself on the Upper East Side, soften the blow by heading to Corrado Bread and Pastry on Lexington and 70th for lunch. This is Italian bread done right, with the dark, crunchy crust that Anthony Mangieri described at Una Pizza Napoletano, and soft, spongy interior. It’s always worthwhile to buy a loaf of their ciabatta to go.
There are so many varieties of Italian panini-style sandwich at Corrado that it’s hard to choose, but a good bet is the prosciutto sandwich with mozzarella, arugula, tomato and pesto. (more…)
The rules for restaurants are different on the Upper East Side. Take ho hum Italian spot Via Quadronno on East 73rd, which charges $10 for tomatoes on toast, and no one so much as bats an eye—especially not that Real Housewife of New York in the corner. But there’s an upside to this kind of disposable income when it’s applied wisely: the presence of a captive wealthy audience also means that expensive but exquisite restaurants have a place to thrive and prosper.
Café Boulud, the Daniel Boulud restaurant on East 76th, closed for renovations and just reopened last month. It’s already packed at the prime ladies-who-lunch hour, 1pm on a recent weekday. (more…)