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Uptown World Your Downtown Favorites, Uptown

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.

UD - Il Mulino Uptown
FOR SALTIMBOCCA AND A SCENE

Il Mulino Uptown

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.

UD - Riff Raff’s Pop-Up
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.

UD - Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
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.

UD - Luke’s Lobster
FOR PIECED LOBSTER

Luke’s 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.

411:

Luke’s Lobster, 426 Amsterdam Ave (between 80th and 81st), 212-877-8800, and 242 E 81st St (near 2nd), 212-249-4241

UD - Delmonico’s Kitchen
FOR OLD-WORLD PORTERHOUSES

Delmonico’s Kitchen

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.

UD - Brinkley’s Station
FOR A PINT TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF

Brinkley’s Station

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?

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