Thursday, February 18, 2016

Recent Restaurant Closings on the Upper East Side (East 60s)

With many new additions to the neighborhood, that means there are closures. We're sad to see some of these places go!

David Burke's Fishtail
The view from the rooms in the front of the building will certainly be different without Fishtail across the street. We're hoping to see a  great restaurant in its place soon to fill the void. 135 E. 62nd St

Texas de Brazil
We can let out a sigh (of relief) as "the Worst Steakhouse in NYC," Texas de Brazil, closes their UES location. Read more here. 1011 3rd Ave 

Owned and operated by the Sirio family, the upscale, old school Italian restaurant in the Pierre hotel will close on Feb. 20th after less than four years in business. Read more here795 5th Ave

Swifty's, which opened in 1999, served its final meal to regulars like Michael Kors, Aerin Lauder, and Serena Boardman, New York Social Diary reports. The news that the restaurant was closing came as a surprise to many. 1007 Lexington Ave

Bread Factory Café
The bakery chain with two locations in Midtown and Hell's Kitchen closed its UES location. They served pastries, juices and standard lunch fare. 785 Lexington Ave

Le Magnifique
The French bistro with a NY twist closed and is now replaced with another French bistro, Casimir & Co. Judging from its less-than-stellar reviews, Le Magnifique was anything but. 1022 Lexington Ave

The upscale Brazilian restaurant known for its faithful reproductions of South American cuisine quietly closed after 18 years in business. It was replaced by Maison Hugo. 132 E. 61st St

Closed it's UES location on 3rd Ave.

Moved to a different location:

Rouge Tomate
The Michelin-starred restaurant closed its UES location in August and will soon open its new downtown location in Chelsea. Luckily for its fans, the health-focused restaurant is expected to retain its high quality and socially conscious food. 10 E. 60th St

Park Avenue 
The popular Uptown restaurant that changed with the seasons closed its doors and reopened downtown (still Park Ave, but now on the corner of 26th). Like before, the menu and decor changes every winter, spring, summer and fall. 100 E. 63rd St

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Best New Upper East Side Restaurants (East 60s)

If the Daily Beast's article 'Why the Upper East Side Is Now Cooler Than Brooklyn' documented a changing trend in September of 2014, then today the 'coolness' of our neighborhood might be evidenced by how quickly new restaurants pop up.

Although by no means a definitive list, we sought out the best new restaurants recently opened nearby the 1871 House. With so many fabulous choices, you can't go wrong with a meal on the Upper East Side.

Le Botaniste
The newest addition to the neighborhood, Le Botaniste describes itself as a" plant-based organic food and natural wine bar." We think they've outdone themselves re-making their restaurant space into a beautiful new restaurant. If their food is half as good as it looks, we're sure this will be a great place to have a health-conscious and delicious meal.  833 Lexington Ave

Chef Florian V. Hugo trained with some of the best chefs in France (Paul Bocuse and Alain Ducasse), so you might expect his own restaurant to be very good. Opened this fall, the modern French brasserie is proving to be a good place for comfort food as well as a classy, upscale meal.  132 E. 61st St

With Fishtail gone, Theo's is now our go-to seafood restaurant in the neighborhood. The restaurant serves primarily seafood in a romantic, high-class ambiance in the Trump Plaza. 1048 Third Ave

Chef Michael White made legend status with his Midtown Italian restaurant, Marea, which is often cited as one of the best in NYC if not the country. Now, White shows how versatile a chef he is with Vaucluse, his ode to Provencal cooking. 100 E. 63rd St.

Cool Mess
From the folks behind Burger Heaven comes a modern yet old fashioned ice cream parlor. Make your own ice cream at one of several long tables quipped with ice cream machines and toppings, or just grab a cone of delicious gelato from A.B. Biagi. This place is literally across the street from us! 137 E. 62nd St

Treadwell Park
Opened in December 2015, Treadwell Park offers 20 rotating draught craft beers & ciders, cask beer, and hand crafted artisanal cocktails. Best of all, to regulate carbonation for the different draughts, there's an on-sight flux capacitor. First Ave & 62nd St

Blu on Park
Taking up three stories of a renovated 1920s residential brownstone, Blu on Park steakhouse offers a classic American menu of steaks, shellfish, and a raw bar. The first floor has a bar and lounge, while the third floor is available for bigger parties and private events.  116 East 60th St.

Service Station
Housed in a former Mobil Gas station, Service Station puts the focus on both Neapolitan and fried pizza. The consulting chef, Giulio Adriani, is affiliated with the Neapolitan Express pizza chain, but Service Station also offers other dinner entrees like gnocchi and rib eye. 500 East 62nd St.

More proof that the Upper East Side is becoming the place to be, this restaurant moved up here from its long-time home on Bleecker Street. It serves eclectic takes on comfort food like braised short ribs with honey Sriracha Brussels sprouts. 791 Lexington Ave

Inside the Lowes Regency Hotel you will find Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar, an espresso and cappuccino bar serving to-go fare like panino and St. Ambroeus’ beloved desserts, pastries and croissants, including their signature chocolate mousse cake and Millesfoglie, a traditional layered puff pastry with vanilla Chantilly cream.

Finally a legitimate Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood (Chipotle doesn't count of course). Providing authentic and delicious Mexican food and drink, you can't go wrong with this new restaurant, with its festive outdoor seating for the summer months and delicious cocktails to keep you warm through the winter. 145 E. 61st

We're happy to see that this restaurant has reopened, and even closer to the 1871 House! A widely popular French bistro known for its fantastic Cajun chicken, brunch and socialite atmosphere, is now closer than ever after its recent move to a larger location on East 60th Street. 20 E. 60th St.

Il Mulino
This uptown outpost of the popular downtown upscale Italian restaurant is a "spare no expense" type of place, in both the service and food. Expect classic dishes like osso bucco done perfectly here. For old school Italian in a modern setting, look no further than Il Mulino. 37 E 60th St 

The former Lumi (you might remember it from the Sex and the City movie where Charlotte runs into Big,) is now Cognac East, the sister to Brasserie Cognac near Carnegie Hall. With white tablecloths, beautiful surroundings, and French comfort food, you can't miss this one.
963 Lexington Ave

With our very own sophisticated bar for those late-night drinks, who needs to travel all the way downtown for the bar scene anymore? They serve all kinds of drinks as well as extremely classy bar food to the point where it's not really bar food anymore- as in oysters, caviar, salads and baked mac and cheese. 117 E. 60th St
Set in a cozy townhouse on a quiet corner of the Upper East Side, Casimir & Co offers authentic French cuisine, an approachable wine list, and waiters in suspenders and bow ties. We recommend ordering the restaurant’s signature steak frites. 1022 Lexington Ave

Fancy an upgraded slice of pizza in the nick of time? Head to Farinella, a to-go pizza parlor where the pizza is square but delicious. Expect to see toppings like bacon, truffles and arugula.
788 Lexington Ave

Finally, a "cool" restaurant on the UES. Opened by the guys behind popular NYC restaurants Fat Radish and Brinkley's, The East Pole is a chic dining destination focusing on market-fresh cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal produce. 133 E. 65th St

Midtown East is a culinary desert no more! The highly-anticipated restaurant from The Spotted Pig's April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman opened their version of an All-American burger joint. Other menu items include smoked hot dogs, S'mores pie, and jalapeño poppers.  230 E 51st St. (Midtown East)

An uptown iteration of the wildly popular Orchard Street cafe will open an outpost at the Jewish Museum with a mix of new and old dishes, and items for take-away dining. The restaurant will be entirely kosher1109 Fifth Ave.

Caffe dei Fiori
This new Upper East Side restaurant is sure to become the next Lenox Hill neighborhood staple. Owner Daliso Gulmini, a native of Bologna, brings an authentic taste of Italy to NYC. 973 Lexington Ave. 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The 14 Best Dessert Places (in the East 60s) on the Upper East Side

We have to admit: we here at 1871 House have a pretty big sweet tooth. Luckily, our neighborhood (located within the historic district of the Upper East Side) is filled with tantalizing bakeries and patisseries to satisfy any craving. Cupcakes, macarons, ice cream, candy - we have it all! All 14 places listed below are within short walking distance from our inn, which means morning, noon and night you can get your sweet fix!

780 Lexington Ave (between E 60th & E 61st St.)
(212) 207-8375
Considered one of the first cupcake bakeries in the country, their Midtown East location is located just two blocks from us. If you're in a hurry, there is a 24/7 "Cupcake ATM" right outside.

Sprinkles Ice Cream
782 Lexington Ave (between E 60th & E 61st St.)
(212) 207-8375
Neighboring Sprinkles cupcakes, check out Sprinkles Ice Cream on a hot day or for a deliciously dangerous combo of cupcakes and ice cream.

1000 3rd Ave (Inside Bloomingdales on the Third Ave side)
(212) 265-5320
The bakery that brought back the cupcake as “a thing.” Lucky for us, you won’t find lines that wrap around the block in the Bloomingdales location.

861 Lexington Ave (corner of East 65th St)
(646) 762-2209
Serves simple, elegant boulangerie fare made with organic ingredients whenever possible, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good for informal breakfast or lunch.

784 Lexington Ave (corner of 61st Street)
Baked by Melissa is a cupcake bakery known for its bite-sized cupcakes in a variety of flavors. Minimum order is three.

864 Madison Ave (between E. 70th & E. 71st St.)
(646) 558-3157
Ladurée is a French bakery and sweets house created in 1862 in Paris. Visit this lovely location (one of two New York locations) and save on a ticket to Paris!

156 East 64th St (between Lexington & Third Aves)
(212) 486-9200
Affectionately known as "New York's most whimsical teahouse," Alice's Tea Cup makes the perfect spot for afternoon tea or a  light lunch.

137 E. 62nd St (between Park & Lexington Aves)
(212) 355-9834
Located right across from us above Burger Heaven, Cool Mess is a new "make your own" ice cream parlor. Makes a great place to celebrate a birthday or special event.
1011 3rd Ave (between E. 60th & E. 61st St.)
(646) 735-0078
Stop by the flagship Dylan's Candy Bar (owned by Ralph Lauren's daughter Dylan) to get your fill of candy, chocolate and hard-find-sweets. 
44 E. 59th St (between Madison & Park Aves)
(212) 486-2470
If the lines at Ladurée are too long, head to this adorable shop for soups, sandwiches, and of course, macarons in dozens of unique flavors. 
540 Park Ave (inside Loews Regency Hotel)
(212) 339-4051
For a portable and quick treat, head to this coffee bar outpost inside the Loews Regency Hotel. There you'll find lunch items as well as delectable Italian cakes and pastries.

In the Plaza Hotel Food Hall: 
One West 59th Street, Concourse Level
(212) 371-1133
Cute, vintage-style bakery serving classic American desserts like red velvet cupcakes and pecan pie. 

(212) 861-1340
Long-time establishment selling kosher baked goods, known for its black-and-white cookies.

(212) 452-2222
Lady M Confections specializes in mille crepes, which is a French cake made with many thin layers of crepes. 

1871 House

Bed-and-Breakfast-style and quaintness in the heart of New York City

1871 House, a Charming Upper East Side New York Style Bed & Breakfast consisting of seven generously sized apartment-style suites housed in a classic 19th-century brownstone on an inviting, tree-lined residential street near Central Park, shopping and museums.