The Upper East Side is the portion of Manhattan situated to the east of Central Park. The following 10 best restaurants from the Upper East Side of New York are carefully selected based on the recommendations of many patrons and reviewers. You will find a variety of different cuisines to choose from, all at low to moderate price points. A link to each restaurant's website is provided when available. All the restaurants are within a short walk of subway stations and the nearest station(s) are indicated with each listing.
Prices: $ = $5-10 | $$ = $10-20 | $$$ = $20-30 | $$$$ = $30-40 | $$$$$ = $40+ Price ranges are per person for an average dinner entree. Tip and tax are extra. Lunch menus, where available, are usually less expensive.
Matsu Japanese Cuisine
Near Subway Stations: 4,6 - 68th Street / Hunter College Address: 403 E 70th St Phone: (212) 744-4447 Prices: $$ Cuisine: Japanese - Sushi Bar Category: Casual-Elegant Mini Review: A casual Sushi Bar with reasonably priced sushi which is rare in the Upper East Side
Near Subway Stations: 4,5,6 - 86th Street Address: 1568 3rd Ave Phone: (212) 369-3455 Prices: $ Cuisine: Pizza Category: Casual - Takeout Mini Review: Ideal 'hole in the wall' for an inexpensive quick bite, their Sicilian crust pizza is very good and they also offer Hero and Sub Sandwiches and Salads. Seating is minimal, so better for takeout.
Good Health Natural Cafe
Near Subway Stations: 4,6 - 77th Street Address: 1435 1st Ave Phone: (212) 517-9898 Prices: $$ Cuisine: American - Vegetarian Category: Casual Mini Review: As the name suggests, this is a good place to come for a healthy fare. You will find healthy substitutes of the popular 'junk foods' such as burgers, tacos, chicken nugget and more. The food is very tasty, the service good and the prices are modest.
Near Subway Stations: 4,6 - 77th Street Address: 1396 3rd Ave Phone: (212) 772-3331 Prices: $$ Cuisine: Italian Category: Elegant Mini Review: This long time Upper East Side Italian boasts very nice decor and atmosphere along with delectable dishes and great service. Their pricing represents excellent value for such an upscale dining experience.
Near Subway Stations: 4,5,6 - 59th Street or N,Q,R - Lexinton Aveune / 59th Street or F - Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street Address: 1022 3rd Ave Phone: (212) 980-5678 Prices: $$ Cuisine: Cuban, Caribbean, Latin American Category: Casual - Elegant Mini Review: Friendly staff and generous portions of tasty Caribbean cuisine in a trendy atmosphere is what you will find at Cabanas, part of a NYC chain.
Ottomanelli NY Grill
Near Subway Stations: 4,6 - 96th Street Address: 1424 Lexington Ave Phone: (212) 426-6886 Prices: $$ Cuisine: Steakhouse, Burgers Category: Casual Mini Review: Burgers, Salads, Steaks, Poultry, Pasta and more are what you will discover at Ottomanellis. Looks more expensive than it is. The burgers are a very good value; even more so at lunchtime.
Near Subway Stations: 4,5,6 - 86th Street Address: 345 E 83rd St Phone: (212) 717-5336 Prices: $$ Cuisine: Italian, Pizza Category: Casual Mini Review: More than just pizza this little neighbourhood restaurant does pizza well, but also serves up good pasta and a variety of other Italian dishes. Cash only.
Near Subway Stations: 4,6 - 96th Street Address: 44 E 92nd St Phone: (212) 348-8125 Prices: $$$ Cuisine: French Category: Casual Mini Review: This quiet little 'storefront' French Bistro offers a change of pace from the busier and noisier establishments. Good food in a relaxing setting quiet enough to enjoy conversation over your meal.
Joy Burger Bar
Near Subway Stations: 4,6 - 103rd Street Address: 1567 Lexington Ave Phone: (212) 289-6222 Prices: $ Cuisine: Burgers Category: Casual Mini Review: This popular and delightful little burger bar serves, well, hamburgers. No surprise there. Their burgers are well liked by most and they come with a choice of 12 different homemade sauces which is what differentiates them from every other burger joint. Also available are Fruit Smoothies, Milkshake, Wine and Beer, Sandwiches, Salads and Sides.
Near Subway Stations: 4,5,6 - 86th Street Address: 1648 2nd Ave Phone: (212) 628-2332 Prices: $$ Cuisine: German Category: Casual Mini Review: The decor and atmosphere of the Heidelberg will convince you that you really are in an authentic German Beer Garden. This longstanding German Restaurant serves up excellent German fare not to mention the beer. Also offers a fixed price Sunday Brunch. Often has live music on Saturday nights.