1576 3rd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1012840.780533 -73.952990
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
Hmmm... – I've been here a few times and every time was JUST OK- except for my most recent visit on Saturday night. Because we live around the block, we figured we would check Uptown out before heading more downtown. We were a group of 6 and the hostess had an extremely bad attitude. We were looking to have a few drinks and maybe some light food- nothing too heavy and we didn't plan on staying too long. The place was pretty much empty (10PM Sat night) and we wanted to get a small table at the bar and stand and socialize. The hostess was extremely rude and kept pressuring us to get a booth. We didn't want to be sitting in the back of the restaurant if we were there to just hang out and have light food. She seemed ANGRY and ANNOYED. Maybe she was just having a bad night, but we ended up leaving. The crowd was strange anyway and there are many other better lounges/bars without the bad attitude a few blocks away. I'm not sure how the brunch is- it always looks busy Saturday and Sunday brunch hours- but if they want to have customers and not appear EMPTY on a Saturday night- the hostess needs to lose her attitude.
Great Service – This place is one of my all time favorite restaurants in New York, primarily because of the atmosphere and the outstanding service. The food is great, but pricey. The quality of service is so outstanding and makes you feel so special.
Used to be my go-to brunch place – Uptown used to be my go-to brunch place given their $15 brunch menu which includes 2 drinks. However, having not gone there in quite some time, I took a friend to brunch today and it was abysmal at best. All the food was cold. I had to send it back. And when they brought my food back they replaced my breakfast potatoes with french fries. Huh?? I was starving by that point so I just dealt with it and ate the french fries. At least they were hot. The omlets have gotten much tinier in size. They used to offer multi-grain toast which I used to order all the time from there. However, wheat toast arrived with my meal today and when I inquired about why I received wheat when I ordered multi-grain they informed me that they now only serve white or wheat toast. Then why didn't the waitress tell me this when I placed my order and specifically ordered the multi-grain?? I also ordered sausage and instead of the usual links I had always gotten arrived a cold, greased over looking sausage patty that I would expect to see on an egg McMuffin at McDonald's. When I inquired about this as well they informed me that they used to serve links and now they've switched to these disgusting looking patties. Needless to say, I was pretty embarrassed that I took a friend that was visiting from out-of-town to what WAS my go-to brunch spot. What used to be a really good value has just gone downhill. I'd rather pay more to get better quality food then the slop they were serving there.
My sincere apologies that you did not have an enjoyable experience at Uptown. As the manager/owner, I (along with the server, runner, busboy) did everything possible to accommodate you, but this was to no avail. I did however read your other 16 reviews, and was curious, have you ever been to a restaurant or bar that you did like?
Best Regards- John- Owner/Manager
Great place on the UES – I lived on the UES for 2 1/2 years a few years ago and this was my go-to bar. The other ones in the area are kind of divey and packed full of the "just out of college" crowd. I was in that crowd too but was not trying to extend my college days with beer pong or other things like that (they have their place but just not my thing). I can't remember all the special deals they have but I remember a martini night and a sangria night. My fave bar tender left but they were all good. It's a decent place to meet a blind date or with friends after work for drinks and apps. My group of friends did New Year's there too and I thought it was a good deal for what it was.
I haven't been lately since I'm not in that area very often but I can't remember any negatives. The spinach dip is great and so is whatever comes with the pita bread...probably hummus but like I said, it's been a while. I recommend it if you're in the area!
Good Date Spot – I was pleasantly surprised by Uptown Lounge. I've been dating a girl who lives on the UES for a few months, so I've been spending lots of time up there lately and trying a bunch of the bars/restaurants. Most of the places we've gone so far are either dive bar with kids that just graduated college yesterday, or stuck-up, old UES people. Uptown was different. It was a good mix of younger and older people, it was nice but not stuffy, people weren't spilling drinks on us like the bars on 2nd Ave, and the food was actually really good. We sat at the bar for a while and the bartender was great - he made great drinks and was cordial and quick. We ate at the bar as well, and I was impressed with the food. We split an appetizer, and a chicken dish with mushrooms and tomatoes and artichokes that was great. The only downside I found of the place was getting in - there are so many doors on the building front that it was kind of hard to find our way in. Once we did, I was glad we made it.
My New Home – I moved to the upper east side a couple months ago and have been using this site to help me find places to hang out and I think I finally did. Uptown has a great happy hour special everyday and that's why I first tried it. Now I go all the time because the food is great and I can get anything from buffalo chicken fingers to filet mignon. Also the bar always has a lot of hot girls because it's one of the nicer places in the neighborhood. They let the bartenders buy back rounds after you've had a few too. I've officially made this place my spot and it doesn't hurt that the staff has started to remember my name when I go there. See you soon Uptown.
Overrated – I've lived in NYC on the UES basically my entire life. When Uptown first opened it was fantastic...or perhaps just something different to the neighborhood. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. You could see the place going down as the staff became snotty and unhappy and the food slowly declined. I had vowed never to return again. Well I did just last week when a group of coworkers decided to meet up there. Horrible is all I have to say. The only reason this restaurant is still in the neighborhood is because people got use to it. If the food/drinks/prices/snooty staff would have been this way when they first opened they would not have lasted more than 6 months. I do not recommend this place to anyone. So many places to dine in NYC don't bother with this place.
Why go anywhere else? – I've lived at Rupert towers for the last three years and love going to the Uptown Lounge. The staff make you feel so welcome. My girlfriends and I meet there for our monthly get together, usually on their jazz night. We usually work something out with Erik (apps and unlimited wine for $30 each) The place nevers gets stale. I donn't want to sound boring, but we probably come here two to three times a week. Lance, the DJ, is awesome on the weekends, jazz band is cool (tuesday??) great wine deals and we love the brunch. So glad they opened for lunch, limited "nice" places to go in the area.
Excellant Party Venue – A truly impressive party room, excellent food, and a very attentive staff. Our staff and clients were very impressed. Uptown (especially Dan) made planning and hosting our company Christmas party an absolute pleasure. From the start to the end, they did a fantastic job.
Great Find – great band on Monday night, Bourbon burgers and wings are awesome, cool place to go on a random night. Seems to get a great crowd every night. New to the area, but I think I'll be a regular at the Uptown.
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