Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants, 2013 Edition

Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants, 2013 Edition

The Upper East Side has had some work done. A culinary facelift? It sure seems that way, judging by the neighborhood's growing tally of inventive new food spots that have emerged over the last few years. At the same time, old favorites have continued to increase their followings. Sure, those with platinum cards may still get priority seating, but those without have plenty of options, too.

Here's our updated list of the ten best restaurants on the Upper East Side, 2013:

10. Moti Mahal Delux This Indian newcomer updates traditional Mughlai cuisine, while still bringing plenty of heat to many of the dishes. Grab an extra napkin and dig into the finger-staining tandoori chicken and lamb kebabs. The sprawling lunch buffet offers tastes of most of the menu (including a full vegetarian option) and is one of the neighborhood's best deals at $11.95. 1149 First Avenue, 212-371-3535

9. JG Melon Posh preppies need to eat, too! At least, that's what it feels like at this always packed local hangout. But the burgers are solid and the crowd is (usually) friendly to outsiders. If you can score an outdoor seat come summer, you'll enjoy an afternoon of fantastically entertaining people watching (is that child on a leash?) 1291 Third Avenue, 212-744-0585

8. Candle Cafe Before juice bars were as prolific as coffee chains, Candle Cafe offered inventive vegan cuisine to the animal-free set. Now, the scene is equally divided between old-school granola yogis and meat-free mommies who lunch. The restaurant favors boldly spiced dishes that will erase any residual memories of bland boiled beans and steamed tofu. If carnivores are in toe, try the daily soup specials (the rich corn chowder will leave you wondering why anyone would ever use cream) and the ginger vegetable stir-fry. 1307 Third Avenue, 212-472-0970

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