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11/01/12

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.
411:
Il Mulino Uptown, 37 E 60th St (between Park and Madison), 212-750-3270
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.
411:
Nov 1-3, 11:30pm-4am, Riff Raff’s at The Volstead, 125 E 54th St (between Lexington and Park), 212-583-0411
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.
411:
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, 308 W 58th St (near Columbus Circle), 212-397-0404
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.
411:
Delmonico’s Kitchen, 207 W 36th St (between 7th and 8th), 212-695-5220
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?
411:
Brinkley’s Station, 153 E 60th St (between 3rd and Lexington), 646-922-7220
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