There is a lot of art to be had on that stretch of the East Side that includes the Whitney, the Guggenheim, and a number of other great museums. Sadly, there aren't many places to eat afterwards. But there are a few!
Via Quadronno is a beautiful, relaxed, traditional Italian restaurant of the kind that surprises nobody and disappoints nobody. It is an especially good place to go after museums, and during truffle season.
Excellent sushi is to be had here -- with unusually large portions and prices to match.
I sometimes wonder what people want from Cafe Boulud. Andrew Carmellini has been gone years, but Gavin Keysen, the current chef, is a James Beard Award winner in his own right and has been practicing his own elegant, composed cuisine for a long time. The room isn't what anybody would call exciting, and the average age of the guests is 78, but that doesn't mean the place isn't great!
Jean Georges Vongerichten's restaurant at The Mark hotel is extraordinary in every regard: the chef has stretched himself beyond his familiar flavors and the result is surprisingly forceful -- especially for a staid upscale hotel like The Mark.
Just a great, classy, spot-on classic French bistro. Think of it as an uptown version of Balthazar.
Perennially one of the best Turkish restaurants in the city, Beyoglu continues to deliver consistently in a way few Turkish places do. Look especially for the cold mezes.
Great refined Shanghai food can be found here -- with all of the heat, but none of the crudeness, of its downtown and flushing cousins.
Daniel Boulud's bar adjacent to Cafe Boulud isn't exactly sexy, but it's a great place to for a mid-day dessert or a fine glass of champagne.
Come here for fabulous lobster rolls. Or, you could get the lobster roll. Lobster rolls are a great choice here too. In fact, the only choice.
Central Europe has rarely gotten much serious attention in New York, but it's a great cuisine, and Hospoda is attempting to bring it up to date -- and up to speed.