Sunday, February 17, 2008

In an Uptown World

As I sat down to write this post, I realized that I hadn't been to a restaurant on the Upper East Side since I started Miss Menu. While I don't think the Upper East Side is the culinary hot spot of New York City, it does have its fair share of great restaurants.

I have to admit that it's rare for me to venture above 59th Street. The only time I find myself uptown is when I have a specific reason, which was the case Saturday night. I had a friend's birthday party at a bar on 89th & 2nd, and figured it was a perfect opportunity to try a restaurat on the UES too.

Before the party, I went to Uptown Restaurant & Lounge with a friend. Once upon a time, I lived on the UES. I walked past Uptown daily, but in the 11 months I lived there, I never went once...for drinks or dinner. I was looking forward to trying both.

Inside, it has the dimly-lit, loungy feel with the bar in the front and tables in the back. We were seated at a table in the bar area. It started getting more crowded as the night went on, and people were there more for drinking than eating.

The menu runs the gamut from appetizers to pastas to entrees...all of the dishes you'd expect at a bar/lounge. I had a turkey wrap with roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, and a chipotle mayo, served was a house salad. The menu was nothing too adventurous, but was tasty and made for a nice dining experience.

My glass of wine was good, but what Uptown is really know for is its martini list. If you happen to be at Uptown Lounge on a Wednesday night, be sure to take advantage of the maritni night, where they are only $6. There are also two live jazz performances every Tuesday night.

Uptown Restaurant & Lounge
1576 3rd Avenue
b/t 88th & 89th Streets
website
Menu Pages listing

2 comments:

Suzee said...

The Uptown was one of our favorites when we lived in the UES. It is also related to Choice Kitchen in Murray Hill. We loved to go for brunch - for $15 you get a lovely brunch item and 2 cocktails (mimosa / bloody mary bud light). The burgers are amazing and the banana stuffed french toast is to die for :) Love your blog - keep up the great work!

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