Discreetly tucked away at 308 East 78th Street, Heidi’s House by the Side of the Road offers delicious food by Chef Cipriano Pita, craft beer, and a wide variety of wine. Heidi Goar and Ed Webster’s unique restaurant serves such comfort foods as a grass-fed beef hamburger with organic white cheddar cheese and bacon, or scrumptious mac and cheese that is so rich it takes 25 minutes to make. “This is a warm, comfortable, and very small neighborhood restaurant, with jazz on the box and no television,” says Goar. “We get very busy and do not take reservations, but we have a list you can get on. We also have a bar right next door where folks wait to get in, or just have a drink and play board games.”
Toloache 82, a trendy Mexican restaurant
tucked away at 166 East 82nd Street, features refined Latin cuisine cooked to perfection by chef-owner Julian Medina. Toloache 82 is buzzing any day of the week with patrons who enjoy dining at the bar and also on the seasonal hidden back patio. People rave about the crunchy texture of the grasshopper Chapulines tacos or the flavorful signature truffle quesadilla de Huitlacoche y Trufas. Other favorites include Pollo Toloache, a Chipotle-marinated chicken breast a la plancha, crispy Mexican cheeses-pinto bean dumpling, sweet corn-pico de gallo, or Paella de Quinoa featuring Quinoa-pico de gallo, corn, carrots, asparagus, cauliflower with roasted hon shimeji mushrooms, and black truffle aioli. “The Upper East Side has its neighborhood staple restaurants that the residents in the area know and love, and even people from other areas of the city now venture to come and visit,” explains Hannah Vazquez, events manager at Toloache 82.
The restaurants in the Upper East Side know their clientele is all within a few blocks away and will become regulars if the food is great, so the restaurants concentrate on flavor and service in order to please their customers,” explains Vazquez at Toloache 82.
Pizza Beach separates itself from the city’s
ubiquitous pizza places by taking a different approach to their menu. Located at 1426 3rd Avenue, owners Tom and Anthony Martignetti have created a bright, retro, Malibu-inspired oasis that features California seasonal food and outstanding beach cocktails. Some standout dishes include Margherita pizza, lamb Merguez, and Oaxaca cheese pizza. The Upper East Side bursts with so many varied flavors that foodies of all tastes can discover an eatery that will please their palates.