Could it be? New York’s ever-genteel Upper East Side has found a decidedly downtown groove.
The team behind Lower East Side favorite Fat Radish keeps the focus on ingeniously prepared vegetables at their new uptown restaurant, the East Pole (pictured). Carnivores will find solace in the bacon cheeseburger with duck-fat chips. 133 E. 65th St. $$
Lauded gallerist Dominique Lévy just transformed three floors of a former bank building into a dramatic backdrop for contemporary and postwar art. Currently on view: photographer Boris Mikhailov. 909 Madison Ave.
Is Cesare Casella (Beppe; Maremma) the city’s most underrated Italian chef? His latest New York spot, Il Ristorante Rosi, makes a persuasive case, not least with a knockout pork lasagna. 903 Madison Ave. $$$
Parisian boulanger Eric Kayser—touted as the best baguette maker in France—picked the neighborhood for the first U.S. outpost of Maison Kayser. If you can make it past the bread-and-pastry counter, there’s a café serving sunchoke soup and squash-and-ricotta tartines. 1294 Third Ave. $$
The 1880’s brownstone is classic UES, but one step inside Fivestory, and you’ll think you’re in SoHo. It carries men’s and women’s pieces from the likes of Thakoon and Marni, plus statement jewelry from Anndra Neen. 18 E. 69th St.
Upper East Side staple Le Bilboquet recently reopened a few blocks south with three times the space and Alain Ducasse alum Julien Jouhannaud running the show. The signature Cajun-style chicken made the move as well, offered alongside French bistro classics such as moules frites. 20 E. 60th St. $$$
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