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Bar Vespa Unveils Its Shiny Redness, Enoteca Di Leonardo Opens

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How are those budding UES wine bars coming along, you ask? Well:  

1)  Last time we checked in on Bar Vepsa there wasn’t much to show — and now look at it!  It sits at 1609 2nd Ave., in all its unabated red glory.  Yes, it’s very, very red…and that’s quite a font they’ve got going on…and now I’ll always know what time it is when I’m on 2nd.  And it would appear they’re ahead of the “probably next year” opening we were told back in early August.

 2) Enoteca Di Leonardoa new wine bar on 2nd Ave., between 81st and 82nd, kept good on its promise to “open soon” when it was unveiled last Friday.  A peek inside after the jump.

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UES Wine Bar Trend Continues [78thand2nd]
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UES Wine Bar Trend Continues

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Pushing the UES wine bar trend forward is Enoteca Di Leonardo, which is “coming soon” according to the sign outside of the 2nd Ave spot (between 81st and 82nd) pictured above.  The bar seems to be attached to Leonardo da Vinco Restorante, the Italian restaurant to the left, which was closed for four days but was scheduled to be back open Thursday (it wasn’t).  A peak inside reveals Leonardo’s tables stacked and overturned, things are a little chaotic.  Facelift going on?  What up? 

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The (Almost) UES Wine Bar Trend [78thand2nd]

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Upper East Side Best Bars Poll

We’re getting to close to revealing our all-inclusive, neighborhood-wide, ‘Best Bars Poll’ – but you still have time to weigh-in with your thoughts.  Shoot us an email or hit the comments section here, and lets hear your picks for the UES’s best bars and worst bars, the biggest dives, hottest bartenders, worst bouncers, biggest loser hangouts, best for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.

We’ve been collecting opinions for a few weeks now, so here’s a little glimpse at some early favs: Blondie’s is making a strong case in the “Best Place To Watch A Game” category and, sorry American Trash, but you’re nearly an unanimous vote for “Worst Bar Ever.”

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The (Almost) UES Wine Bar Trend

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A few new wine bars are coming to the neighborhood, which shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve ever caught a glimpse inside Vero, on 2nd between 77th and 78th, which is constantly jammed with people.

First up – Fratelli, to be located on 1st between 70th and 71st.  The inside is currently getting an overhaul — permits on the windows are good through 11/1/2007 — so a debut can be expected later this year. (a pic from inside after the jump)

Also coming is Bar Vespa , which will take the place of Oldies, Goldies and Moldies, at 1609 2nd. From the looks of the space it will be probably be close to the same size as Vero (think small), but the inside of this spot is much further away from being ready. A source onsite says Bar Vespa won’t be ready for a months, probably early next year.

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Thanks Curbed

My stint hanging out as a guest blogger with New York City real estate blog Curbed ended on Friday — thanks to the Curbed guys for having me and making it a great experience. 

The comments my posts received were among the week’s highlights for me — some were intelligent and interesting, some were from some seemingly disturbed folks — below are a few worth checking out:

Where’s Chou: Demo For 78th and 1st?
Bike-Path War: 91st vs. 89th
Second Avenue Subway Scene: Phase I of Phase I Complete

There are some others as well – the full list of posts I took part in is here.

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Guest Blogging On Curbed

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Being a big fan of the NY real estate blog Curbed I jumped at the invitation to sit in and guest blog with them for a week — and that week is here.  Updates to 78thand2nd for the next 5 days will most likely consist of many links to the Curbed stories i take part in, as well as some additional, stand alone posts here.

So, as always, please hit me at 78thand2nd@gmail.com if you have any UES neighborhood tips (and for this week any REAL ESTATE or general NY tips).

And check out Curbed.

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Best Bars on the Upper East Side?

Quick word association: When you hear “Upper East Side” what comes to mind? “Old New York,” “snooty,” “Park Ave.,” “old money” and “Central Park” might be wedged in there somewhere, but aren’t those just the warm-ups for “bars,” “bars,” “bars,” and, well, more bars?

With that in mind, 78thand2nd is working up a master list of the best and worst bars on the Upper East Side (59th to 96th, Central Park to East River), and we’d love to hear what you think. What are the best bars, worst bars, biggest dives, ones with the hottest bartenders, the worst bouncers, shittiest bathrooms, biggest dickhead hangouts, best ones for a date, for a quick drink after work, places for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.

Let us know what you think! Email us at 78thand2nd@gmail.com.

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