dini
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    November 13, 2014
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    April 14, 2015
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Under the guidance of the Livanos family and Co-Owner Paul McLaughlin, Oceana has provided New Yorkers with an exceptional seafood destination since 1992. <br /><br />Oceana's a la carte menu, coupled with its convenient Midtown location, make it a perfect spot for a quick business lunch or pre-theater dinner. From the spectacular marble bar to the fresh lobsters and whole fish cooked to order, as well as a significant selection of prime meats, Executive Chef Ben Pollinger delivers a fresh, innovative and approachable menu.<br />Oceana has a 70 seat Cafe with a 18 seat marble bar. Great for lunch, after work cocktails & snacks, pre-theater dinner and post-theater desserts. An award winning international wine list with some 1000 selections. Spring and Summer bring a 75 seat outdoor dining area, private dining options include our Chef's table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80. <br />Please indicate in the Special Requests box if you will be attending Theater.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Love Oceana
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2008
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Warm hosts and hostesses greet you upon arrival, knowledgeable servers ateend to all your needs and make excellent suggestions, and the freshest seafood is loving and inventively prepared. Oceana gets everything right!"
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Built around a California-style culinary philosophy that takes heavy cues from the seasons, Upland balances a familiar rusticity with a smart global approach, all enhanced with a New Yorker’s eye for detail. The restaurant offers an artful array of starters, entrees and sides, each plate accented with chef Justin Smillie’s enticing and urbane touch. The wine program, overseen by beverage manager Chantelle Pabros, matches the excitement coming out of Upland’s open kitchen, with a worldly 500-bottle list and a clever by-the-glass selection that’s remarkably food-friendly.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Wow!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/31/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/31/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"From Hen O the Woods to 5 lettuce Caesar salad, crisy duck wings, fabulous short ribs, out of this world bucatini with pecorino, and crunchy pecan pie, Upland hits all the right notes. These inventive dishes are all sublime. Our knowledgeable, friendly waiter made excellent suggestions and wowed us with his efficient service. Upland so delighted our senses, we can't wait to return. We already have our next reservation. If you haven't been yet, just go!"
Dined on 3/31/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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BUTTER is located in Midtown Manhattan. Executive Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli offers traditional American fare highlighted and enhanced by subtle global influences with the grace notes of seasonality.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Just Perfect!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/28/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/28/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"How wonderful to finally have a fine dining establishment in the theatre district! Butter does it all to perfection: a warm friendly smile to greet you; knowledgeable, efficient servers who make excellent suggestions from the inventive menu; delightful, relaxing atmosphere; and outstanding food...what more could you ask for?! Just go!!"
Dined on 3/28/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Upper East Side restaurateurs Michael & Susy Glick offer you their one of a kind experience in Regional American cuisine at The Writing Room. Five years after opening Parlor Steakhouse, The Writing Room opens its doors in the same location as the iconic Elaine's. The Writing Room is a tribute to its predecessor while at the same time aiming to blaze its own trail with its combination of cozy and inviting decor, attentive service and a stellar and inventive menu developed by Executive Chef Lucas Billheimer. Offering cuisines that represent classic New England seafood to comforting Southern barbecue, Chef Billheimer will have you planning your next visit to The Writing Room before you've completed this one. The Writing Room also offers a private dining room quaintly referred to as The Study. We look forward to welcoming you.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great Addition to the UES Dining Scene
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/14/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/14/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Whether you go for a fabulous brunch, prix-fixe dinner, or a burger on a Sunday evening after a movie, this new Upper East Sider has the comfortable ambiance, fresh, delicious food, and friendly service that make this restaurant both a keeper and a wonderful addition to the neighborhood! A special stand-out is the fried chicken...it's excellent over the farmer's salad!"
Dined on 3/14/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Chef Luke Wallace prepares seasonal inspired dishes at Tom Colicchio’s casual Flatiron restaurant. The menu features a wide variety of small & large plates from Snacks, House-Made Charcuterie, Salumi, Artisanal Cheeses, Salads as well as Handmade Pastas, all expertly prepared and beautifully presented. The rustic and comfortable dining room lends itself to a quick lunch where guests can try our Croque Monsieur, a full dinner of Choucroute Garnie and Ricotta Ravioli, or a snack of Pecorino Arancini and East Coast Oysters. We are also serving a soul-satisfying brunch with dishes like Pork Scrapple & Eggs and our Applewood Smoked Salmon prepared in-house. Be sure to save room for Pastry Chef, Abby Swain’s creations including her take on the S’mores Tart.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
So Inviting and Accommodating!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/15/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/15/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Few restaurants of the caliber of Tom Colicchio's Craftbar are as inviting and accommodating as this one! For our family brunch celebrating two birthdays, staff eagerly provided a high chair, menus that had "Happy Birthday" printed up top, and of course, dessert with a candle...just perfect! Friendly service, excellent farm to table food with inventive twists, like the smoked salmon quiche, and great decor make this the go-to place for brunch in the Union Square-Flatiron area!"
Dined on 3/15/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Upper East Side restaurateurs Michael & Susy Glick offer you their one of a kind experience in Regional American cuisine at The Writing Room. Five years after opening Parlor Steakhouse, The Writing Room opens its doors in the same location as the iconic Elaine's. The Writing Room is a tribute to its predecessor while at the same time aiming to blaze its own trail with its combination of cozy and inviting decor, attentive service and a stellar and inventive menu developed by Executive Chef Lucas Billheimer. Offering cuisines that represent classic New England seafood to comforting Southern barbecue, Chef Billheimer will have you planning your next visit to The Writing Room before you've completed this one. The Writing Room also offers a private dining room quaintly referred to as The Study. We look forward to welcoming you.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Well Written!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"What a great addition to the Upper East Side! The Writing Room, in the space that was formerly Elaine's, is the perfect spot for a fabulous brunch or a great dinner. The warm, friendly, invitng atmosphere, in which you are able to hear yor dining companions, makes you want to return as soon as possible!"
Dined on 3/10/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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Dinner reservations are available 7 days a week.<br /> <br />Brunch Reservations are available on Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3:00pm<br /><br />Huertas the word translates to orchards, or small gardens, which dominate the landscape of Northern Spain. Huertas the restaurant makes its home in the East Village serving up Basque inspired fare with a menu of pintxos, small plates, and large plates.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Huertas Has It All!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/09/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/09/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"From the warm, friendly greeting on arrival, to the cozy, inviting ambience with open kitchen, fabulous pinxtos and tapas in the barroom, outstanding five-course dinners with farm-fresh ingredients in the dining room, and the hopping scene at the bar, owner-chef Jonah Miller has created the best restaurant in New York! just go!!"
Dined on 3/09/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Savor the Flavors of the Mediterranean Region<br />At FIG & OLIVE, each dish is prepared with a special olive oil. Our selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils include some of the finest olive oils of the Mediterranean region. FIG & OLIVE brings you authentic, fresh and flavorful ingredients, simple yet refined dishes, the health benefits of the olive oil and the Mediterranean diet, and antioxidant quality of figs & olives. <br /><br />“FIG & OLIVE Kitchen and Tasting Bar, leaves no doubt about its Mediterranean loyalties. The chalk-white stucco walls evoke the region, and the menu is dominated by dishes prepared with olive oil” (New York Times April 2005) <br /><br />We have selected wonderful wines from the South of France, Spain and Italy to accompany your culinary journey around the Mediterranean region. Twenty six wines are served by the glass so you can travel from the Provence, to the Tuscan and to the Rioja regions.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Love Fig and Olive!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/28/2015
 2008
Dined on 1/28/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"If you are not a Mediterranean food aficionado, Fig and Olive will make you one! From their fabulous crostinis, and the excellent selection of wines to accompany them (my favorites are the manchego cheese with the tempranillo), to the lobster salad and chicken tajine, the food and service are both sublime. If you are not in the neighborhood, it's worth a special trip!"
Dined on 1/28/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina's contemporary Mexican bistro located in the Upper East Side. Toloache is named after a flowering plant famed in Mexico for its use in love potions. We hope that when you dine with us you too will fall under the spell of chef Medina's creative cooking, which incorporates seasonal and natural ingredients and more than a dozen types of chilies. Along with the authentic Mexican menu and an exceptional tequila list, we offer elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always Tops!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2008
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"From the warm greeting at the door, to the friendly bartenders and excellent, efficient knowledgeable servers, Toloache 82 is always on point! The food is fabulous. Whether you have the delicious salads (favorites include the Caesar Toloache and the jicama) and quesdaillas (love the manchego cheeses, shrimp, and short rib quesadillas), or the main courses (try the Pollo Toloache, the camarones, enchiladas and the quinoa paella), don't miss dessert! There's so much to enjoy here...just go!"
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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With two restaurants in New York City - on the Upper East Side and at Lincoln Center - Atlantic Grill is a luxury liner on land, an urban seafood brasserie where nautical décor meets old world charm. Atlantic Grill masters American seafood and showcases a refined raw bar, sushi and signature BR Guest Hospitality. Enjoy oyster, clam and shellfish selections that change daily and, and market-fresh fish available simply grilled a la carte or as composed entrees.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Still the Best!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/10/2015
 2008
Dined on 1/10/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Atlantic Grill does everything right. From the friendly greeting to the efficient wait staff and fresh, delicious fish, nobody does it better! Whether you go for brunch, lunch or dinner, the choices abound and the fish is sublime! My personal favorite is their salmon; but the oysters are always excellent, as are the lobster and shrimp spring rolls, sushi, crab and lobster. and, don't foget to save room for dessert!"
Dined on 1/10/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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