Food & Drink

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rat_optRats Dine on the U.E.S.

The ongoing construction of the Second Avenue Subway project has created a serious health concern among Upper East Side residents.

The New York Post reported a study by a Harvard graduate showing that 77 out of 154 restaurants located in the 10128 zip code had citations for rodent infestation.

Higher percentages occurred uptown, compared to most neighborhoods below 14th street that didn’t go over 30%. Areas like the Financial District (11% showing evidence of infestation), and Tribeca (7%) proved to have much cleaner kitchens.

Upper East Side residents were hardly shocked when informed the high percentages that are tainting their neighborhood. Adam Li told the New York Post, “I know I’m taking a risk anytime I eat,” he said. “It’s sort of like, what you don’t know won’t hurt you.”

East Side Chef raises money for a good cause

Upper East Side resident and famed chef Daniel Boulud will host a dinner to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels. Boulud is the former executive chef of Le Cirque, and opened such NYC restaurants as Daniel, Bar Pleiades, Bar Boulud, Café Boulud, and DB Bistro Moderne.

The fundraiser will take place on March 25th, serving 150 patrons a feast at Boulud’s restaurant Daniel. There will also be a silent auction that features one of a kind travel and dining destinations. The event hopes to raise more money than last year, which brought in $728,000 for Citymeals-on-wheels, according to

new Craft Cocktail Bar

New cocktail bar The Gilroy offers an exciting new menu of 11 craft drinks to Upper East Side residents. Owner Josh Mazza told, “I wanted to take modern techniques and classic cocktails and bring that scene from downtown to uptown in an unpretentious way.”

The Gilroy is located on the corner of Second Avenue and 81st Street. The restaurant has created updated takes on the traditional Italian concoction Negroni, offering 7 versions of the gin drink (Urban Daddy crowned it “the new Negroni capital of New York City.”) You can also grab something to eat from their kitchen, open nightly until 4 a.m.

Xi’an Famous Coming to U.E.S.

The self-descriptive Xi’an Famous Foods Chinese restaurant is branching into the Upper East Side, New York Serious Eats reports. Just a few months after announcing plans for an Upper West Side outpost, the company is bringing its fifth Manhattan location to 328 East 78th Street. It should be open for business by the summer. The chain-let became wildly popular after it was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations TV show in 2006.

Per Se slammed by Health Dept

The famed upscale dining haven Per Se was pushed down to earth with the rest of the grubby population by a Health Department inspection from February 19, Eater NY reports. The restaurant received 42 points, which would earn it a C grade, though the grade is officially pending and can change after a second inspection, once the place has a chance to clean up its act. The violations included five categorized as “critical,” and the restaurant was cited for not having hand washing facilities in or near the food preparation area and bathroom. “Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.”

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