The UES gets another Downtown style drinkery. Tipples  are serious business here – Pamela Wiznitzer comes from cocktail mecca Dead Rabbit. General Euro vibe by way of candlelight, exposed brick and beamed ceiling. But sublime imbibables like Wizz Fizz and Cold In The Shadow have all-American DNA. The raw bar is a nice touch.

Pizza Beach

Curious spot from the Brothers Martignetti, with beachy artwork and surfboards on the walls meant to feel more Malibu then UES. And, perhaps wonders never ceasing, purports to bring pizza into realm of healthy eats. Which means, apparently, topping them with kale, roasted beets, Japanese eggplant, and the like. (Thai coconut curry pizza, anyone?) Flour averse can opt for Tuscan kale and “Sunshine” salad.

The Gilroy

Might be just another trendy bar if in Nolita, but a gem on the cocktail starved UES. Atmosphere is low key elegant, with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and vintage chandeliers. Set apart by sporting a dedicated G&T menu and Negroni Bar. Stays open late, another plus in this hood.

Ristorante Morini

The UES secures its own little piece of the Michael White Empire. Pasta dishes like tortelli with Maine lobster and trenette with saffron mussel crema are complemented by a dedicated crudo menu and Caviale, the rare Italian actually serving caviar. Style factor is high, spread over two floors, with lots of gleaming white, and a wildly patterned bar area. Always abuzz with White devotees and new money UESers.

Rotisserie Georgette

Chicken gone all fancy-pants. Indeed, namesake is Georgette Farkas, former Daniel Boulud PR guru, and together with former Daniel chef David Malbequi, they bring a bit of glitter to spit roasted meats; and wouldn’t you know, the Poulet Roti (with wild mushrooms and seared foie gras) is the prize dish. Atmosphere is all Euro ele-gan-tay, with boudoir drapes, Louis XV sconces and gorgeous repro (?) Aubusson tapestries. Tipples also swanky, with names like Cosmo Flanneur and the Velvet Gentleman.

East Pole Kitchen & Bar

Fat Radish crew takes the act Uptown, and the UES finally has a resto you can call hip without wincing a little. Sexy staff serves Nicholas Wilber’s haute veggie-focused starters like heirloom online casino carrot and hijiki salad with avocado, and mains that are groovy takes on comfort classics: chicken Kiev with timberdoodle broccoli puree, for instance. Bi-level space is mod but cozy, scene is buzzy and loud. There”s also lunch and brunch for après shopping spree.

The Writing Room

Elaine’s was Woody Allen’s second home and in its forty-eight-year history hosted nearly every literary and cultural hotshot who called Manhattan home. But Parlor Steakhouse owners Susy and Michael Glick transformed it winningly into The Writing Room, which cleverly pays homage, with images of past guests adorning the walls. Interiors are clubby but welcoming, with exposed brick, masculine color schemes and a buzzing bar area. Classic American menu keeps to the time honored –  the fried chicken and babyback ribs are sublime, and seafood selections are aces. Cocktail list is tight and smart. Respect the history, and leave the Nook at home.

Maison Kayser

Eric Kayser puts New York in good standing with Paris, Tokyo, and Dubai by opening his 79th shop. Signature is the Baguette Monge—crusty on the outside, dense and oh-so-tasty on the inside. Bakery steers clear of chunky bird feed-style loaves (turmeric-infused Curcuma bread is exotic enough). Full menu of charcuterie and entreés featuring quiche Lorraine and roasted lamb. But oh, the baguette.


Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, couture shop was the fashion magnet of the ’30s, drawing stars from across Europe. Today, longed-for label is worn by icons like Michelle Obama, Kanye West, and Angelina Jolie. Pick up a pair of famous silver sneakers, or just admire designer Alber Elbaz’s fantastical windows. Triplex boutique is men’s only spin-off, down the block from the flagship. Bespoke tailoring service is available. Of course.