Recently opened restaurants on New York’s Upper East Side include the following eateries and beverage bars:
Recently opened at 1480 Second Avenue is the quaint French-Italian bistro within walking distance of the Met, called Vella. Run by two former Czechoslovakians, and influenced by Chef Fillipo Dina, Vella offers a trendy, art-filled indoor dining area which combines elegance with a laid back feel. Appetizers include the ever-expected prosciutto crostini or classic flatbread options. Signature dishes found on the menu are lamb chops, salmon, or filet mignon. A fairly extensive list of craft cocktails and wines compliment the dining experience, as well as a few simple dessert selections to finish out the dining experience. Open daily for dinner and now for brunch from Friday through Sunday.
Officially opened in early October, Felice next door is the more casual, urban, and appropriately-named sister restaurant of Felice 83 Bar and Restaurant. This one sits, obviously, right next door to the original at 1591 1st Avenue in Yorkville. With a relaxed atmosphere and casual elegance, this eatery offers more of a lounge feel with small plates as well as craft beer, cocktails. The vast array of Italian wines for which the Felice restaurants are known include Felice and Felice Rosso, two labels produced on the family estate of the owner, Jacopo Giustiniani. As more of a lounge than a restaurant, walk in customers are welcomed.
Under the recently acquired ownership of Starbucks, Teavana Fine Teas and Tea Bar has opened its new tea shop on the Upper East Side at 1143 Madison Avenue (at 85th Street). Presenting a range of freshly brewed teas in either iced or hot varieties, aiming toward creating original ways to encourage the tea-drinking experience. Just as Starbucks has pushed coffee drinking to a new marketing level, it wishes to do the same with tea. Food inspired by tea is made available, in addition to merchandise related to the making and drinking of tea. Open daily.