Best Restaurants in the East 80s

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the East 80s.

San Matteo Pizza Espresso Bar
Italian · East 80s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

Bite into the "first-rate" , "real-deal" Neapolitan pies or "unusual" panuozzi (sandwiches) at these "popular" Upper Eastsiders, and "you’re in Italy" ; tables are "few" in the "tiny" , "basic" flagship, but the "expanded" East 80s outpost boasts a "lovely upstairs" space with a "fun vibe."
Italian · East 80s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

Locals "feel pampered" at this recently relocated UES Italian, where "excellent food" pairs up with an "extensive wine list" and "crisp" service in a "warm" townhouse setting with a winter garden room; cash-conscious types favor it for "special occasions" given the "expensive" tabs.
Flex Mussels
Seafood · East 80s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

"Steamy pots of mussels" are served with "exotic sauces" and "crusty bread" at these "fast-moving" seafood specialists also touted for their "standout" donuts and "won’t-break-the-bank" tabs; not much decor and "noisy" , "highly social" scenes come with the territory.