The Second Avenue Subway Line Foodie Spots

The Second Avenue Subway Line Foodie Spots

With the first phase of the Second Avenue subway line is now up and running on the Upper East Side, meaning you can take the Q train up Second Avenue to 72nd, 86th and 96th streets. Naturally this brings to mind far east side dining that was previously a two-avenue schlep or more. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots to eat near the new stops.

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EASTFIELD’S

American, East 70s

From the brothers behind The East Pole, this upscale Yorkville American features oysters, local meats, seasonal vegetarian dishes and fresh cocktails. The attractive interior has a marble bar and counter seating, as well as dark, glossy banquettes.

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Crab and avocado toast, chicken Parm

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THE GILROY

East 80s

With a sleek, sexy vibe and an entire menu devoted to different versions of the Negroni (including a bottled, aged one that’s meant to be shared between two people), this Second Avenue newcomer brings a taste of downtown cool to the uptown dining scene – New American bites from Spigolo alum Joseph D’Angelo seal the deal.

Nearest stop: 86th and 2nd

Must-order: Burrata, gnocchi

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JONES WOOD FOUNDRY

Gastropub, East 70s

An “inviting” “neighborhood haunt”, this Yorkville pub supplies “solid” British staples (think “fish ’n’ chips as it should be”) chased with a “big selection of craft brews”; the “spot-on” staff and “unhurried” style suit the regulars found in the “lively bar” and garden out back.

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Burger, Scottish salmon, Scotch egg

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LUKE’S LOBSTER

Seafood, East 80s

When “you can’t make it to Maine”, this “standout” seafood chain’s “real-deal” lobster rolls – “chock-full” of “succulent” meat with “no filler” – are just about the “closest you’ll get” (and “priced accordingly”); the “utilitarian”, counter-serve setups suggest “takeout”, though wine and beer poured at some branches encourages lingering.

Nearest stop: 86th and 2nd

Must-order: Lobster roll

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MEI JIN RAMEN

Ramen, East 80s

Upper Eastsiders craving “noodle slurping goodness” hail this Japanese joint’s “flavorful” ramen and izakaya-style small plates (a next-door annex offers desserts and cocktails); the seating’s mostly “communal”, but no one cares given the “reasonable” tabs and “hits-the-spot” cooking.

Nearest stop: 86th and 2nd

Must-order: Ramen

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THE PENROSE

East 80s

A “hip spot” in the “otherwise unhip Upper East Side”, this “lively” gastropub lures “younger” types with a “trendy” scene fueled by “delicious burgers” and other “enjoyable” American bar bites; a “Brooklyn vibe” and “rustic” looks make it a “welcome alternative” in the neighborhood.

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Spiced beef sandwich, fried pickles

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SABLE’S SMOKED FISH

East 70s

At this UES appetizing “institution” you’ll find “unbelievable” smoked fish, “mile high” pastrami sandwiches and “unmatched” lobster and whitefish salads, plus a “helpful” staff known for “giving out little noshes”; despite pricing that may require “missing this month’s rent”, the space is “no-frills”, so plan to “grab and run.”

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Pastrami on rye, whitefish salad, bagel and lox

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SEAMSTRESS

East 70s

The Gilroy crew is behind this UES hang that pays tribute to all things America with a domestic beer list and classic cocktails inspired by each state. The modern fare includes raw-bar items and elevated takes on comfort-food classics, and it’s all served in a warm brick-walled space with leather booths, two bars and a fireplace.

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Smoked and fried yardbird, Wiz Fizz to drink

9TANOSHI SUSHI SAKE BAR

Sushi, East 70s

Known for “fantastic” omakase-only meals at “bang-for-the-buck” prices, this “hole-in-the-wall” Yorkville Japanese racks up the “wows” with an “excellent assortment of fish and preparations”; yes, the “no-frills” seating is “tight”, but the BYO policy is a “nice bonus.”

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Omakase

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YEFSI ESTIATORIO

Greek, East 70s

Be “transported to Greece” at this “real-deal” Yorkville “favorite” where “wonderful” mezes are the focus and the service is “warm and friendly”; the “rustic”, “like-in-Athens” setting can get “noisy”, but in summer there’s always the “charming garden.”

Nearest stop: 72nd and 2nd

Must-order: Any of the mezes, lamb chops, moussaka

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