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Neighbors are spoiled for choice with new restaurants this month, and Upper East Site has your guide to what’s new, who’s closing, and what’s coming next | Envato Elements

May’s Openings & Closings on the Upper East Side 🆓

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With new restaurants popping up every week this month, Upper East Siders have been spoiled for choice on exciting dining options from an elevated sit-down meal to a classic diner to innovative recipes and technologies, though some beloved favorites have had to shut their doors after years of serving the neighborhood. 

Upper East Site has a master list of what’s new, what’s coming down the pipeline, and who’s leaving.

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Now Open

Gazette

1582 York Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets

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Gazette is located at 1582 York Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets | Upper East Site

In an elegant and rustic emerald and brick dining room with an intimate street-facing bar, newspaper-inspired European bistro Gazette introduces its diners to elevated yet classic fare cooked from the heart by an Upper East Side chef. 

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The Steak, a strip loin with Brussels sprouts, Yukon potatoes and salsa verde, received enormous praise at Gazette’s soft opening | Madalina Iavarone

Tramway Restaurant 

1079 First Avenue on the corner of East 59th Street

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Adding to his Upper East Side portfolio, a local restaurateur opened Tramway Restaurant, an American diner, in Lenox Hill this week | Upper East Site

A classic diner with a robust but shorter-than-average menu, Tramway Restaurant comes to Lenox Hill from a longtime Upper East Side restaurateur, who also owns Ritz Diner and George Southern Greek just a couple of blocks north. 

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The Basic Cheeseburger deluxe comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, coleslaw, a pickle and perfectly crispy and light French fries | Upper East Site

Modern Bread & Bagel

1427 Third Avenue between East 80th and 81st Streets

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Modern Bread & Bagel is located at 1427 Third Avenue between East 80th and 81st Streets | Upper East Site

Unveiling new pizza recipes exclusive to the Upper East Side, Modern Bread & Bagel offers deceptively delicious gluten-free fare meant for everyone, plus bagel sandwiches, a full roster of fresh pastries and other sharable dishes. 

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The Margherita slice is topped with well-balanced melty cheese and flavorful tomato sauce | Upper East Site

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop

453 East 78th Street between York and First Avenues

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is located at 453 East 78th Street, near York Avenue | Upper East Site
Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is located at 453 East 78th Street, near York Avenue | Upper East Site

Revving up the automat for its grand reopening, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop features novelty dumplings like the Mac & Cheese, the Thai Curry Vegetable and the Reuben, as well as other Asian-American fusion foods and a drinks menu coming soon. 

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Brooklyn Dumpling Shop offers a variety of traditional and specialty dumplings | Upper East Site

Unregular Pizza

1132 Lexington Avenue between East 78th and 79th Streets

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Unregular Pizza is located at 1132 Lexington Avenue between East 78th and 79th Streets | Nora Wesson/Upper East Site

Starting as a pandemic pop-up, Unregular Pizza’s new location in Lenox Hill offers Italian pies with a New York flair, and a unique barter system allowing Upper East Siders to trade homemade food for high-quality Roman-style rectangular slices. 

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The Pastrami Pizza with mustard-infused ricotta and premium meat is only available at the Upper East Side location | Nora Wesson/Upper East Site

Cilantro

1712 Second Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets

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Cilantro is located at 1712 Second Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets | Upper East Site

Authentic Mexican flavor turns up the heat on the Upper East Side as Cilantro returns to its old haunts with a vibrant dining room and patio, serving classic dishes like tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas made with fresh ingredients.

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The Chicken Tacos feature doubled soft corn tortillas, tender marinated chicken, fresh onions and cilantro, with a spicy green dipping sauce | Upper East Site

Rosa’s Pizza

1289 Madison Avenue between East 91st and 92nd Streets

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Family-owned and operated Rosa’s Pizza opened this month at 1289 Madison Avenue between East 91st and 92nd Streets | Upper East Site

Family-owned and operated since 1975, Rosa’s Pizza journeyed uptown bringing New York-style Italian pizza, entrées and heroes, along with the signature Upside Down Sicilian slice to Carnegie Hill.

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The Upside Down Sicilian is Rosa’s best-seller, coming rectangular with cheese on the bottom and tomato sauce on top | Upper East Site

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Closed

Veritable

1201 Second Avenue on the corner of East 63rd Street

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Popular café and restaurant Veritable at 1201 Second Avenue on the corner of East 63rd Street has closed after eight years | Upper East Site

Known for its fresh ingredients and handmade dishes, Veritable was priced out of its Lenox Hill corner location following the economic downturn of the pandemic and the inflation crisis. Saying goodbye to loyal customers, owner Tony Tertiropolous is committed to finding another Upper East Side space to reopen. 

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Veritable was known for its handmade food and fresh, natural ingredients | Veritable

Patis Bakery

1311 Lexington Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets

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Patis Bakery has been evicted from its Upper East Side cafe at 1311 Lexington Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets | Upper East Site

The kosher-certified pastry shop was evicted from its Carnegie Hill storefront this month after failing to pay more than $300,000 in rent over the last couple of years, according to court records. Upper East Site has learned that its Times Square, Union Square and Downtown Brooklyn locations are also facing lawsuits for similar issues. 

Sel et Poivre

853 Lexington Avenue between East 64th and 65th Streets

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Sel et Poivre first opened at 853 Lexington Avenue between East 64th and 65th Streets in 1989 | Upper East Site

Proudly serving the Upper East Side for 35 years, the family-owned traditional French bistro shut its door this month amid economic pressures including rising costs of labor and ingredients, and increasing regulations and political bureaucracy, along with traffic congestion impacting delivery times. 

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Owner Christian Schienle blamed economic pressures for the closure | Sel et Poivre

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Coming Soon

Sugba

1425 York Avenue between East 75th and 76th Streets 

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New Filipino restaurant Sugba will open at 1425 York Avenue between East 75th and 76th Streets | Upper East Site

From one of the owners of the now-closed Filipino restaurant Bilao comes the new eatery Sugba, though no details have been released as to the menu and timeline. 

L’incontro by Rocco

1572 Second Avenue between East 81st and 82nd Streets

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L’incontro by Rocco will open soon at 1572 Second Avenue between East 81st and 82nd Streets, in a space previously home to Prime Butcher Baker | Upper East Site

Longtime restaurateur and owner of Trattoria L’incontro in Astoria, Queens, chef Rocco Sacramone is opening a new Italian eatery in Yorkville, putting his own flair on classic regional dishes, and inviting Upper East Siders to his modern rustic dining room when he stages his opening on June 4th

Rigatoni in an orange meat sauce
The Rigatoni al Ragú di Vitello is the house rigatoni with ground veal and pancetta in tomato sauce | Trattoria L’incontro

Five Below

1775 Third Avenue on the corner of East 68th Street

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Five Below, a popular discount store offering products under $5, will soon be opening up shop on the Upper East Side | Upper East Site

Discount retailer Five Below is coming to a sprawling basement space in Lenox Hill to provide teens and tweens with affordable clothing, makeup, games, candy and more, with most of its inventory priced at $5 or less. 

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Five Below offers heavily discounted items including clothing and home goods, most under $5 | Upper East Site

Boba Fish

1744 First Avenue between East 90th and 91st Streets

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Boba Fish will open at 1744 First Avenue between East 90th and 91st Streets | Upper East Site

Serving pan-Asian cuisine in a fast-casual setting, Boba Fish will offer affordable meals like Gua Bao buns, protein over rice bowls, fried fish and chicken wings, plus a generous selection of smoothies, bubble teas and lemonades.

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