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Auction House

300 East 89th Street
New York City, NY 10128
212.427.4458

There's no sign for this dark-paneled sanctuary, so be sure to look for the large red drapes in the window. There's also a strictly enforced dress code, although exceptions have been made for New York Rangers. In the glory days of Mark Messier, this was reportedly one of the favorite after-game spots.


 

Bemelmans Bar

Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street
New York City, NY 10021
212.744.1600
http://www.thecarlyle.com/dine4.cfm

Right across the hall from the famous café, this timeless hotel bar is often overlooked. That's a real shame, since the drinks and ambiance make this place a real winner. As classic as it gets, this is the quintessential east side hotel bar.


 

Café Carlyle

Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street
New York City, NY 10021
212.744.1600
http://www.thecarlyle.com/dine2.cfm

A New York classic. Get out your best duds and relax to the tunes of Bobby Short or other world-class musicians. Woody Allen has also been known to sit in on the occasional set, clarinet in tow. Expensive, but worth it, this is a true New York experience.


 

East End Bar and Grill

1664 First Avenue
New York City, NY 10028
212.348.3783
http://www.eastendbar.com/

A classic brass and wood Irish Bar. The Guinness is great. The food is far better than average for bar grub. The Irish brunch on Sundays is always a true stand-out. The crowd here tends to be a nice mix of everyone from 20-something Wall-Streeters to 70-something Irish grandmas. More often than not, it's the grandmothers causing the biggest ruckus.


 

J.G. Mellon

1291 Third Avenue
New York City, NY 10021
212.744.0585

This place has been feeding the Izod crowd since before the Preppy handbook gave them a quasi-identity. The burgers still hold up, and it's always a safe bet for a quick meal. Between the throngs of regulars and the crowded bar, it can get a little loud. But, hey, that's part of its charm. Love it or hate it, J.G. Mellon is part of the very fabric of the Upper East Side.


 

Merchants NY

1125 First Avenue
New York City, NY 10065
212.832.1551
http://http://www.merchantsny.com/east/east_home.php

Drawing a broad mix of folks, from the twenty-somethings to seniors, this place is always packed. There's a full menu that sets it far and away above standard pub grub and a cigar bar downstairs should you be craving an after-dinner stogy. Something for everyone, no wonder this place remains a local favorite.


 

Subway Inn

143 East 60th Street
New York City, NY 10022
212.223.8929

Considered one of New York's most authentic dive bars, this place has been around since 1933. In fact, the only thing that's changed is a few more wrinkles on the faces of the hardened old-timers that line the bar stools. With its venerable history, it has been featured in the New York Times as a true throwback to the past.


 

The Library

Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue
New York City, NY 10165
212.759.4100
http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Hotels/New-York-City-Hotel/Dining/Overview.aspx

Another great hotel bar, this place is designed to feel like a European salon. The interior features easy chairs and book-lined shelves. Catering to a mixed crowd, it attracts everyone from business execs brokering big deals to sports fans trying to catch the score on the flat-screen TV.


 

Trinity Pub

229 East 84th Street
New York City, NY 10028
212.327.4450
http://www.trinitypubnyc.com

A mellow Irish place with a warm and comfortable ambiance. There's no food available, but the back room is the ideal venue for a quiet drink with friends. This is one of the better Irish pubs in the area.


 

Vero

1483 Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10075
212.452.3354
http://http://veronyc.com/uptown/

This wine bar had made many a patron yearn for an early retirement to Tuscany. Between the outstanding selection of wines and the delectable panini, Vero is a nice change of pace from the usual. The crowd tends to be a bit older and mellower (like a fine wine) than your ordinary east side bar.

 

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