At her pleasant bistro, Paola Pedrignani meets and greets the tony regulars—Chanel-suited Upper East Side matrons in outsize sunglasses, European youths, and pretty young things with older dates. They breeze in to dine on artichoke-and-avocado salad, salmon tartare, seared tuna with warm lentils, liver with mashed potatoes and haricots verts, and various pasta dishes. The sirloin steak with pepper sauce is steakhouse-good. Desserts run from sweetly innocent (a trio of sorbets) to utterly depraved (dense chocolate cake with whipped cream).
21 E 62nd St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Madison Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to Fifth Ave–59th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V|