Where to Eat Near the Second Avenue Subway Line

The Upper East Side is now easier to get to than ever
January 4, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Decades in the making, the first phase of the Second Avenue subway line is now up and running on the Upper East Side, meaning you can take the Q train up Second Avenue to 72nd, 86th and 96th streets. Naturally this brings to mind far east side dining that was previously a two-avenue schlep or more. Below we've rounded up some of our favorite spots to eat near the new stops.

Eastfield's
Cocktail Bar · East 70s · $$$

From the brothers behind The East Pole, this upscale Yorkville American features oysters, local meats, seasonal vegetarian dishes and fresh cocktails. The attractive interior has a marble bar and counter seating, as well as dark, glossy banquettes.
Jones Wood Foundry
European · East 70s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

An “inviting” “neighborhood haunt” , this Yorkville pub supplies “solid” British staples (think “fish ’n’ chips as it should be” ) chased with a “big selection of craft brews” ; the “spot-on” staff and “unhurried” style suit the regulars found in the “lively bar” and garden out back.
Luke's Lobster Upper East Side
Seafood · East 80s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

When “you can’t make it to Maine” , this “standout” seafood chain’s “real-deal” lobster rolls – “chock-full” of “succulent” meat with “no filler” – are just about the “closest you’ll get” (and “priced accordingly” ); the “utilitarian” , counter-serve setups suggest “takeout” , though wine and beer poured at some branches encourages lingering.
Meijin Ramen
Japanese · East 80s · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Upper Eastsiders craving “noodle slurping goodness” hail this Japanese joint’s “flavorful” ramen and izakaya-style small plates (a next-door annex offers desserts and cocktails); the seating’s mostly “communal” , but no one cares given the “reasonable” tabs and “hits-the-spot” cooking.
The Penrose
Brunch · East 80s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.7

A “hip spot” in the “otherwise unhip Upper East Side” , this “lively” gastropub lures “younger” types with a “trendy” scene fueled by “delicious burgers” and other “enjoyable” American bar bites; a “Brooklyn vibe” and “rustic” looks make it a “welcome alternative” in the neighborhood.
Sable's Smoked Fish
East 70s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.7

At this UES appetizing “institution” you’ll find “unbelievable” smoked fish, “mile high” pastrami sandwiches and “unmatched” lobster and whitefish salads, plus a “helpful” staff known for “giving out little noshes” ; despite pricing that may require “missing this month’s rent” , the space is “no-frills” , so plan to “grab and run.”
Seamstress
Cocktail Bar · East 70s · $$

The Gilroy crew is behind this UES hang that pays tribute to all things America with a domestic beer list and classic cocktails inspired by each state. The modern fare includes raw-bar items and elevated takes on comfort-food classics, and it's all served in a warm brick-walled space with leather booths, two bars and a fireplace.
Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar
Japanese · East 70s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 4.1

Known for “fantastic” omakase-only meals at “bang-for-the-buck” prices, this “hole-in-the-wall” Yorkville Japanese racks up the “wows” with an “excellent assortment of fish and preparations” ; yes, the “no-frills” seating is “tight” , but the BYO policy is a “nice bonus.”
Yefsi Estiatorio
Greek · East 70s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Be “transported to Greece” at this “real-deal” Yorkville “favorite” where “wonderful” mezes are the focus and the service is “warm and friendly” ; the “rustic” , “like-in-Athens” setting can get “noisy” , but in summer there's always the “charming garden.”