Upper East Side Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
Quality Eats
1496 2nd Ave., Upper East Side
With two outposts in Manhattan (the Upper East side and Greenwich Village), Quality Eats bills itself as an affordable(ish) steakhouse, or a steakhouse for the younger more casual set. Accordingly, the menu features six separate cuts of steak that all come in under $30, and dressed-up versions of old-school sides, like baked potato monkey bread, cacio e pepe orzo, and even corn elote. Less carnivorous friends can eat here, too; the there's a beautiful raw bar, several great salads, and a very creative kids menu.
60 E. 65th St., Upper East Side
It doesn't get much better than Daniel when it comes to haute cuisine (and destinations for special occasions). From the exceptional French prix-fixe menu to the flawless service and elegant jacket-only dining room, it's a one-of-a-kind experience. For a slightly more casual (and reasonably priced) a la carte dining experience, head to the lounge. And for a special event, book their private Bellecour Room, which has windows facing 65th Street—a rarity for event rooms in the city.
Sarabeth’s (Closed)
1295 Madison Ave., Upper East Side
Sarabeth’s started out as a bakery in Chelsea Market in the 80s, where owner Sarabeth Levine perfected cookies, scones, and cakes (with unabashed amounts of sugar, flour, and butter). After she became legendary, she opened Sarabeth’s and basically launched the craze that is weekend Brunch. Years later, it’s still hard to get a breakfast reservation at any of her roomy, all-American, restaurants, but it’s so worth it for luscious pancakes and french toast, not to mention ideal omelettes. There are additional locations in the Upper West Side, Midtown, Gramercy, and Tribeca.