Brazenly located in the gritty Upper East Side, bold and beautiful Michy's is slowly gentrifying the neighbourhood. The flamboyant decor is pure 1970s retro glam, complete with kitsch florals and shell chandeliers. Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein has fashioned a similarly playful menu, a brave mix of Latin, Southern, French and comfort food, all available in half portions. The white gazpacho is moreish, and the chestnut soup chock full of truffles. Peruvian-style ceviche is a classic starter, while foie gras is done with a twist: seared and served with a corn pancake and savoury maple syrup. The sinful fettuccine carbonara combines smoked bacon, jamon Serrano, prosciutto and St André cheese. In keeping with the old-school decor, desserts include baked Alaska. And fans drive across town for the bread pudding.