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
1576 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128
4, 5, 6: 86th Street; 6: 96th Street
M–F 11am–3am, Sa–Su 10am–3am
Kitchen closes at midnight M–Th, Su and 1am F–Sa
Upper East Side, New York –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neat casual: jeans, button-downs, jackets, blazers, polos, blouses, cute skirts, trendier wear on the pre-game crowd.
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.
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.