Burgers, Bars and Brouhaha on the Upper East Side | New York City
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transit | walkable
distance | 0.6 miles
est. transit time | 12 minute walk end to end
I’m not an Upper East Sider but when I’m in the mood for a burger and whiskey this neighborhood has two of my favorite spots. Whether I’m heading out for an evening with old friends or meeting someone new, I always look forward to hitting these spots up.
$$ Old school bar serving amazing burgers
1291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 (near 74th street)
JG Melon is one of those places that has been around for ever. I believe it’s been operating under the same name since the 1970’s but I’ve also heard that the location has been a bar or restaurant in some form since the 1930s. The staff is a little crusty and it’s cash only but it’s all part of the charm. Get a burger, cottage fries and a beer and enjoy a slice of old New York.
$$ | Comedy club
1568 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (btwn 81st and 82nd)
After dinner you’ll be a short 10 minute walk from the Comic Strip. Just head north on 2nd avenue. In true comedy club form it’s musty a little sticky and rundown but the acts are great. Plenty of amazing comedians you’ve never heard of along side some hall of famers such as Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld.
$$ | Scottish Whiskey Bar
1609 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (btwn 83rd and 84th)
Just a couple blocks north of the Comic Strip you’ll find one of the best Scottish whiskey bars uptown. An impressive collection of whiskeys along with a very chill and knowledgeable staff make this a favorite. No frills vibe just the scotch, how I like it.
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164 East 87th Street, Upper East Side, New York City, NY
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