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Upper East Side

Head To Sugar East on the UES For Drinks In A 1960s Mad Men-Esque Style

  • Drinks
  • Food

If you’re looking for some standout sushi in Manhattan, Sushi Seki is an Upper East Side staple that needs to be experienced. Owner and Head Chef Seki Shi takes inspiration from his training in Tokyo (as well as his mom’s natural culinary proficiency) to create a unique blend of flavor and visual flair in this casual setting. If you want to truly elevate date night, we highly recommend you order the Three Golden Flowers sushi dish. Before you reach the main course, their beef negimaki and sunomono apps are serious necessities. The quantity, flavors, and strict attention to detail are guaranteed to impress.

Next, experience Sugar East’s hip, speakeasy-esque digs. In a secret, underground location, this bar is fashioned straight out of 1960s California, with (edible/drinkable) pops of color and modern, abstract art influence. It’s pretty much impossible to pick a favorite from their cocktails, but the Smoke (which literally looks like liquid smoke) and Strawberry (which is a perfect date night libation with its combination of strawberries, champagne and rose water) are definite standouts. This place is all style and all substance—so you’re in good hands. (Also, the Mad Men vibes certainly don’t hurt.)

Sushi Seki

1143 First Avenue, Manhattan

Sugar East

1125 First Avenue, Lower Level, Manhattan

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