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50 best New York bars: Upper East Side

Although it's known for its look-alike pubs and Frat-boy–baiting saloons, the Upper East Side is also (and surprisingly) home to one of the best bars in New York

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
The Penrose

New Yorkers know how to drink, and well. Whether you’re a craft-beer connoisseur, a bar food aficionado or a rooftop bar regular, our nightlife-loving city has got the booze haunt for you.

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The Penrose

Critics' pick

The Upper East Side has its share of low-key gems (Torishin) and crown-jewel restaurants (Daniel), but verifiable hot spots? There are few. The idea of a hobnobbing scene in Manhattan’s stuffiest zip code seemed laughable a few years ago—as likely as an electrodisco party in Greenwich, Connecticut. But the Penrose—named for a neighborhood in Cork, Ireland, where two of the owners grew up—is finally bringing a bit of the indie-chic East Village to Gossip Girl territory.

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