We're a little more than halfway through summer now, so it's a good time to take advantage of the warm weather. We know there's no shortage of good restaurants in the Upper East Side, but why not dine alfresco while it's still possible? Here are our top five restaurants for outdoor dining in the Upper East Side.
Meat eaters beware: one meal at Gobo might be enough to turn you to the vegetarian side. Seriously though, the food at Gobo is fantastic, and it’s all vegetarian. A good place to start is with an appetizer like slow cooked malaysian curry or chickpea fritters with white sauce. Make sure to leave room for their larger dishes, such as organic king oyster mushrooms in sizzling basil black bean sauce or butternut squash risotto with toasted almonds. Not fluent in vegetarian? It’s okay—the staff at Gobo knows their stuff. If you want a hint though, stop in and try a refreshing lychee saketini (lychee, sake and mints)—perfect for outdoor dining in the Upper East Side.
#2 Bistro 61
Great food, great service, and a great place for outdoor dining in the Upper East Side. That’s what you get at Bistro 61, and what more could you ask for? Bistro 61 claims to have a sophisticated menu, and while dinner items like La Terrine de Foie Gras a la Truffe Noire (homemade foie gras terrine, served with fig and black truffle marmalade, port wine reduction and toast) certainly support that, there’s nothing simpler to us than a delicious prixe fix brunch of french toast and mimosas.
If you like looking at pictures of peoples' dogs while chowing down on Mac & Cheese made with aged Black Diamond cheddar, then Fetch is for you. Okay, well Fetch is more than that. Teamed with Animal Haven, a no-kill animal shelter/adoption center/sanctuary, Fetch is committed bringing the issue of stray animals to the forefront of the community. The cause is worthwhile alone, but it definitely doesn’t hurt that they have fantastic American (traditional) food. The Philly cheese steaks are among the best in the city, but some go with the popular fresh sliced beefsteak tomato & herbed goat cheese instead. Fetch is without a doubt a top restaurant for outdoor dining in the Upper East Side.
You’ve-a gotta try this place. The extensive Italian cuisine menu and a charming seating area makes Uva a top restaurant for outdoor dining in the Upper East Side. The relaxed, rustic vibe is accentuated by the terrace in the back. “Meatball Mondays” is a popular weekly event, featuring several mouthwatering choices, including the prix-fixe, which includes a meatball appetizer, entree and dessert with a glass of house wine. So I guess it looks like you have plans this Monday now, huh?
Sometimes at Beyoglu, if you close your eyes and the warm summer breeze hits your char-grilled whole Mediterranean sea bass and side of hummus just right, you might feel like you’re dining on the Mediterranean coast. That’s what we like to think anyway. The food here is seriously good regardless. Popular dishes include char-grilled hand chopped lamb served with house tomato sauce, as well as Cacik—a homemade yogurt with garlic, cucumber and a hint of mint. Try something new, and enjoy it in a top restaurant for outdoor dining in the Upper East Side.
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