So you’ve decided to spend some quality time with friends uptown. We figure you’re jonesing for your
downtown dining favorites right about now. Fortunately, a lot of them had the foresight to open uptown
locations for... just these situations. Go ahead, get comfortable up there.
Normally: Bill Clinton might take a seat next to you between your sixth and seventh
appetizers. Now: Slick Willie and Bloomberg hashing out the city’s future while you become one with
some sautéed clams. Advantage: A reminder of what civilization can achieve.
FOR A PARTY
Riff Raff’s Pop-Up
Normally: Gramercy’s neon-decked house of tiki and punch bowls is where you’re dancing
your night away. Now: You’re cramming into the Volstead for a three-nights-only version of the same
situation. Advantage: A sense of urgency—always a positive at a party.
FOR YOUR RAW-FISH FIX
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Normally: You’re getting your broiled eel, live clam and house-brewed sake in SoHo. Now: Columbus Circle will be handling your bluefin-sashimi cravings with a staid Midtown
dignity. Advantage: A chance to visit the Columbus living-room exhibit while no one cares about it.
FOR PIECED LOBSTER
Normally: You’re getting nothing but lobster rolls in the East Village. Now: You’re getting nothing but lobster rolls on the UES and UWS. Advantage: Options on either side of the park up here.
FOR OLD-WORLD PORTERHOUSES
Normally: Sitting down to an extravagant piece of beef with your climatology consultant in
FiDi. Now: A little more casual affair (third-day outfits will probably fly here) in Chelsea. Oh,
and by the way, it just opened. Advantage: Significantly drier.
FOR A PINT TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF
Normally: You’re doing post-work Ommegangs in Nolita. Now: You’re near the park. Hopefully you don’t even have work. Still, beers
though. Advantage: Did you not read the “Still, beers though” part?