East 50-70's: Restaurants and cafes, the whole shebang!
I saw from another post that Payard is closed (for the moment), and I am this close to freaking out! I lived in New York for many years and whenever I return my family and I stay on the Upper East Side just to go to Patisserie Payard - sometimes two three times a day!
So...we arrive in NY next week, and now we have a "situation": we need to know where to go - breakfast, lunch, and dinner; brunch and afternoon tea - the whole shebang. (I guess this is what happens when you don't "diversify!") Your help, please?
We need restaurants and cafes in in the Midtown/Upper East Side areas (east 50's-70's). I know, not the easiest.
We already go to La Goulue. And, i found Fig & Olive on several posts here, and it looks like our style. (We like good healthy food, organic is nice too. We don't care about trendy.) I saw Financier Patisserie posted here - on 54th, I think? - so I am looking into that as an option nearby as well.
Recommendations (East 50-70's) for the following would also be most welcome :
Greek diner or coffee shops (with actual good coffee?)
Pushcarts (for anything) are fine too.
Baguettes or French sandwiches (stuff to take on the go)
Any place that makes an old-fashioned hot chocolate or oatmeal!
This is a tall order, I realize. If you can help with any of it, that'd be great!
Thanks so much!
Mantao Chinese Sandwiches
Beyoglu (for Greek/Med)
Papa Perrone's (truck...great grandma slices, pasta, meatballs)
Nancy's Pig Heaven (Chinese - haven't been, but have heard good things)
Bistro Chat Noir
Coffee shop/breakfast: EJ's on 3rd Ave and 73rd St.
Tal bagels on 1st ave betw 53rd/54th
Bagel Works 1st ave. betw 66th/67th
Baguettes or French sandwiches (stuff to take on the go):
Le Pain Quotidien on Lex betw 63rd and 64th or 1st Ave betw 67th and 68th or 77th betw. 2nd and 3rd Ave
Obika Mozzeralla bar on Madison and 57th
Fresco on the Go E. 52nd betw. Madison and Park
Restaurants to consider in the area:
Fig and olive (which you mentioned) on 52nd and madison or 64th and lex
Felice 1st ave and 64th
Accademio di Vino 3rd ave. and 64th
Sushi Seki on 1st Ave betw 62nd and 63rd
JG Melon (for burgers) 3rd ave and 74th St.
Mia Dona on 58th betw. 2nd and 3rd
Le Magnifique, as suggested, is very good French bistro food. An alternative in that category is Jubilee on 54th St. near First Ave. I have never been but a Parisian friend who lived in NYC for many years and knew a thing or two about food said it was her favorite place here.
For pushcarts: My favorite is Tony Dragonas's cart on Madison @62nd St. - the best grilled chicken platters anywhere, as well as burgers, sausage, etc.
La Goulue is now closed. You can try Orsay, their sister restaurant at Lex and 75th or so.
Via Quadronno - 73rd between Madison and Park has some of my favorite coffee in NYC, as well as a good selection of panini for lunch - those might work nicely for stuff to take on the go. Their sister restaurant is Bottega del Vino, at 59th just east of 5th.
I've wanted to try Le Magnifique - French, on Lexington, maybe a couple of blocks south of Payard.
Edit - I like both Viand and Nectar for coffee shop type places - can be a bit pricey but, well, I still like them. Three Guys as well. All along Madison at various spots, though there is also a Viand further east on 86th.