You might not find yourself bar hopping here on a Saturday night, but Midtown East boasts a lively happy hour scene and plenty of dining options for the post-work crew. On your way home from the office, grab a bite with buddies at The Smith. Munch on bar snacks like the Baked Pretzel or Fried Oyster BLT Sliders and follow it up with the Brick Pressed Chicken or The Smith Bar Steak. La Fonda Del Sol is another great spot for you and your co-workers. Its Dinner Tapas Lounge is the perfect place to unwind with excellent cocktails and small sharable plates like the Tuna Tacos and Croquettes.
Take your date to the newly revamped Bill’s Food and Drink, a chic and lively American joint with three floors and the décor of a hunting lodge. Order the Fonduta appetizer and the Berkshire Bacon Chop. For an atmosphere that’s a tad more low-key, try Pampano, which serves sophisticated Coastal Mexican Cuisine. If you want a scene, head to Philippe for the famous Chicken Satay and Peking Duck.
When the parents come to town, you can’t do better than Park Avenue. This superb restaurant tailors its menu and décor to each season. At Park Avenue Spring, try the Goat Cheese and Egg Yolk Raviolo appetizer and Thai-Roasted Lobster for a main course. Rouge Tomate is another outstanding restaurant with a unique culinary philosophy. Its seasonally inspired offerings are prepared with locally sourced ingredients approved by expert nutritionists. Don’t miss the Cow’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi and Artic Char a la Plancha. Lastly, Sushi Yasuda serves some of the freshest sushi in Manhattan. Though the atmosphere leaves much to be desired, the fish melts in your mouth. You won’t be disappointed.
On a Date
- Bill’s Food and Drink 57 E 54th St
- Pampano 209 E 49th St
- Philippe 33 E 60th St
- The Smith 956 Second Ave
- La Fonda del Sol 200 Park Ave
- Park Avenue 100 E 63rd St
- Rouge Tomate 10 E 60th St
- Sushi Yasuda 204 E 43rd St