The Uptown Restaurant and Bar

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The Uptown Restaurant and Bar The Uptown Restaurant and Bar in New York is a popular UES neighborhood haunt for live music & weekend revelry. Check out this NYC spot with Party Earth. New York United States 40.7805334 -73.9529891
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Party Earth Review Multi-faceted Uptown Restaurant and Bar is a popular after-work hangout that’s a good notch classier than a sports bar – from its bold décor and live jazz to its sizeable drinks list – but still promises a rowdy weekend... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    4, 5, 6: 86th Street; 6: 96th Street

  • Phone:

    212-828-1388

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–3am, Sa–Su 10am–3am
    Kitchen closes at midnight M–Th, Su and 1am F–Sa

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Uptown Restaurant and Bar Review

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The Uptown Restaurant and Bar in New York is a popular UES neighborhood haunt for live music & weekend revelry. Check out this NYC spot with Party Earth.

Multi-faceted Uptown Restaurant and Bar is a popular after-work hangout that’s a good notch classier than a sports bar – from its bold décor and live jazz to its sizeable drinks list – but still promises a rowdy weekend vibe and a chance to catch the game in style.

The back area boasts pink and purple walls, sheer drapes, and a private bar situated under a thirty-foot skylight, beneath which martini sippers can sink into private velvet booths for a private affair. Further along, a more open area offers a half-dozen flat-screens, as well as several high-tops usually full of young twenty-somethings watching a game (or playing the dating one).

The vibe ranges from cool jazz and wine nights early in the week to live rock later on, while Fridays and Saturdays typically play host to DJs spinning loud Top 40 and a just-out-of-college crowd of Upper East Side young professionals mingling and boozing and falling in love at first pint.

Buffalo wings and pizza are a big hit off the Americana menu, but there’s also classier fare like fresh fish, filet mignon, and pan-seared tuna for date-nighters and trendy pre-gamers to dig into. Sunny weekends, meanwhile, draw a large neighborhood brunch crew thanks to prix fixe entrées that come with potent Bloody Marys or mimosas.

Although The Uptown Restaurant and Bar has a slight case of multiple personality disorder, its varied personas join together to cater to a mixed bag of loungers and bar crawlers with similar drinking aspirations.

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Tip from Emma:

Indulge your ritzy self with martinis on Wednesdays. There are more than fifteen options to choose from and they are all $6 all night long!

  • Crowd

    After-work young professionals stopping by on the way home and staying much longer than one round, rowdy Uptowners, post-grads looking to party without making the trip downtown, young parents escaping the kids for a bit, boozy brunchers, and trendy pre-gamers, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live jazz Tuesdays from 7:30pm, live acoustic rock Thursdays from 7:30pm, live 80s/90s rock Sundays from 7:30pm. DJs spin Top 40 Fridays–Saturdays from 9:30pm

    More than five flat-screens tuned to sports.

    Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of New American cuisine including burgers, seafood, nachos, pizza, and steak. Brunch includes 2 complimentary drinks and a brunch entrée. Sidewalk patio. Delivery available until midnight daily. Brunch Sa–Su 10am–4pm. Happy Hour daily 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks $5–$7, prix fixe brunch $15.95, appetizers $6–$12, entrées $13–$27. Beer $5–$6, wine $6–$9/glass or $25–$40/bottle, cocktails $8–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Neat casual: jeans, button-downs, jackets, blazers, polos, blouses, cute skirts, trendier wear on the pre-game crowd.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for wine specials and live jazz, Wednesdays for the $6 martinis on offer all night, Saturday nights to mingle and flirt with the youngest crowd to a Top 40 soundtrack, or weekends for brunch.

  • Close By

    Rathbones (1702 2nd Avenue) is a popular neighborhood staple that offers lots of daily specials and live music, and that caters to an equally young and upbeat crowd on weekends.

The Uptown Restaurant and Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Evening Drinks
Jaclyn W. Nov 26, 2012
Maybe it's the type of girl I am or maybe it's because the guy who took me here was attractive, either way I had a decent time despite it being an UES location. It was Friday night after work and he insisted on getting drinks somewhere in the neighborhood. I had never even heard of this place until he told me to meet him there and it actually was not too bad. Would I make this a regular spot? No, but we reserved a table and sat down to drink and catch up. They have an extensive list of Martinis (if that's your drink of choice), and plenty of wine and beer. They also serve food here, but I don't think I'd opt for dinner. He claims their brunch is decent and there are awesome drink specials all week long. The place itself is dimly lit and cavernous. It definitely had a tavern feel to it, which I liked. There's a nice long bar when you first walk in to either sit at or order drinks until your table is ready. It feels a little bit nicer than a sports bar, but I would not consider this a fancy date spot nor somewhere you should take someone whom you are trying to impress. It also could work for a girls night since Wednesday nights they do $6 Martini specials. For what it is and for the location, it's worth a trip if you live in the area.
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