Best Restaurants in the East 60s

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the best restaurants in NYC's East 60s.

Daniel
French · East 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

A “wow every time” , Daniel Boulud’s “luxurious” UES “icon” “sweeps you into another world” with “masterly” New French fare and a “rarefied atmosphere” defined by “magnificent” decor, “VIP” service and a “dressed-up” clientele (jackets are required); granted, the prix fixe–only tabs are “Himalayan” , but “you’ll understand why” – and the bar provides the “same stellar” quality à la carte.
Sushi Seki
Japanese · East 60s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

Renowned for its “extraordinary” omakase showcasing “beyond-fresh” fish, this “spendy” Japanese mini-chain slices “spot-on” sushi that’s “lovely to behold” ; though the settings can feel “somewhat lacking in charm” , the bi-level Hell’s Kitchen flagship has “significantly better” decor plus a “fancy” whiskey bar (Chelsea also boasts a whiskey bar).
Il Mulino New York
Italian · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“As good as ever” , these “old-school” Italians “don’t miss” , offering “overabundant portions” , “loads of freebies” and all-around “luscious” fare; servers must “perform a ballet” to get around the “cramped” Village “landmark” (UES is roomier), and though it’s “memorable” for sure, your wallet may “hurt afterwards.”
JoJo
French · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor - · Service 4.3

The French cooking is now more seasonal at this UES “jewel” in the Jean-Georges Vongerichten “crown” that recently underwent a major renovation in its “lovely townhouse setting” ; the “intimate” rooms now have a more contemporary look to go with the menu.
TIELLA NYC
Italian · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

“Tiny and special” , this “hidden gem” near the Queensboro Bridge fields “superb” takes on Neapolitan fare, notably its “fabulous” namesake mini-pizzas and “homemade pastas” ; though the “railway car–like” setting can feel “cramped” at the dinner hour, insiders say it’s “more relaxed at lunch.”
Vaucluse
French · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

A “gorgeous” backdrop sets the “comfortably elegant” tone at Michael White’s “true UES” brasserie, where “delectable” French “classics” and the “fabulous” White Label Burger come via a “caring” staff; despite “occasionally jaw-dropping” tabs, the “grown-up” clientele declares it “a winner.”
Scalinatella
Italian · East 60s · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

“A real Italian grotto” , this subterranean UES lair attracts well-heeled admirers who “rub elbows” over “superb” Capri-style cuisine served with a “personalized” touch; it’s bound to be “memorable” , but “beware of the specials” or they’ll “empty out your wallet.”
Primola
Italian · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

No stranger to “Page Six” mentions, this “clubby” Italian satisfies its “moneyed UES” clientele with “dependable” pastas at “steep prices” ; count on service “with a smile” if you're a regular, a “celebrity” or “wearing dark glasses” , though first-timers may find the “attitude” “intimidating.”