The Penrose—named for a neighborhood in Cork, Ireland, where two of the owners grew up—brings a bit of the indie-chic East Village to Gossip Girl territory. Operated by the gastropub specialists behind the Wren and Wilfie & Nell, the joint would be run-of-the-mill farther downtown, where the trifecta of reclaimed wood, craft pours and pedigreed pub grub long ago joined the ranks of food-world clichés, but it’s a welcome change up here.
It's not all penthouse apartments, Ralph Lauren shops and tiny dogs in the pricey uptown neighborhood. The best bars on the Upper East Side range from craft beer bars to laid-back wine bars, plus some of the best cocktail bars in the city. After checking out a museum or restaurant in the area, check out these spots for a perfectly poured drink.
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