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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.

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

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Penang To Close, Maggie Moo’s Exits For Bayside

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More closings in the neighborhood:

1) Penang: Malaysian spot Penang, on 2nd at 83rd, is the latest victim of a rent hike according to a sign on its front door.  The restuarant, which is about a block away from the former DT UT, which suffered the same fate last last month, is set to close Thursday

2) Maggies Moo’s:  Tipster Rob points out that ice cream spot Maggie Moo’s, on 2nd at 75th, has packed up shop. The possible Pinkberry casuality has a sign on its former spot that reads “we’ve moved to Bayside.”  No word on what might be heading in. 

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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.”

More:
Best Bars on the Upper East Side? [78thand2nd]

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Sidewalk Cafes Galore!

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It’s sllloooow in the news department today – perfect time to work in some sidewalk cafe news!  Two have been unveiled recently. The first is part of pop star Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality (on 2nd between 76th and 77th), which is bringing sidewalk back with its ‘lil cafe area.  The spot unveiled the sidewalk digs a few days after opening. It’s lately been catering to a lot of people who drive Range Rovers with New Jersey plates, and lots and lots of tourists.

Sidewalk cafe number two, which was added when the interior of the spot got an overhaul a few weeks back, is from Ship of Fools (on 2nd between 82nd and 83rd). They re-did the front part of the bar, removed two booths by the door which opened the place up a bit. The pic above is of their spiffy new outdoor cafe.

And just when it seemed like there was no other exciting sidewalk cafe news to be found, this rolled in: Sushi Hana (on 78th and 2nd) and Green Kitchen (on 1st at 77th) recently applied for sidewalk cafe permits with Community Board 8, which make recommendations to the city about who should and should not get permits for a sidewalk cafes, among other things.

Related:
Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality Opens…Kind Of
Justin Timberlake Sets Up Shop On The Upper East Side

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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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