Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants, 2013 Edition
7. Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven No, it's not Mission Chinese. But Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven has had a cult following all its own for nearly three decades. The above-average Taiwanese spot is known for their sweet and spicy pork, so much so that the menu is crafted around whether or not a dish features it. Try the intensely sticky spareribs before moving on to the fragrant broad noodles and slick, homestyle eggplant. Sure, these are the dishes that you grew up ordering by number, but that's just part of their charm. 1540 Second Avenue, 212-744-4887
6. Sarabeth's Brunch is always capitalized at this dainty yet oversized longtime neighborhood favorite. Avoid the Sunday crowds and visit on a weekday for fresh, buttery scones and herb omelets. If it's cold out, grab the cushioned window seat and spend the afternoon with a bowl of smokey cream of tomato soup. And while the country-style decor can leave you feeling a bit like Miss Muffet, the slightly tart and berry-topped lemon ricotta pancakes make the entire experience worthwhile. 1295 Madison Avenue, 212-410-7335
5. Serafina In a neighborhood brimming with Northern Italian restaurants, Serafina brings a fairly authentic feeling to the mix. Watch as young moms forgo their furs to share a margherita pizza with their kids and teens on first dates text through bites of the cream-laden paglia e fieno. Climb a flight of stairs and grab a seat at the room-framing banquette for an evening of glam regulars and consistently excellent food.
1022 Madison Avenue, 212-734-2676
1291 Third Ave., New York, NY