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Eli's Night Shift

Bars, Beer bars Upper East Side
5 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
Eli's Night Shift
Photograph: Courtesy Gabi Porter

Time Out says

A New York food fixture for four decades, restaurateur Eli Zabar now partners with son Oliver for the first time to expand the Zabar’s empire with this drinks den moonlighting in the Upper East Side grocery-café Eli’s Essentials. After unveiling a similar wine concept at the 91st Street location of Essentials earlier in 2015, Zabar switches gears to beer, with 10 rotating brews—many from homegrown operations like Queens’ Big Alice Brewing and the Bronx’s Gun Hill Brewery—on tap, poured through nozzles protruding from a menu-scrawled chalkboard. The zinc-topped counter also offers cocktails like the Eli’s Flourish (amontillado sherry, mescal) and a Gin and Bare It (botanist gin, Concord grape shrub) made by head barman Nathan Gurr (the Handy Liquor Bar). Comfort-food standards balance the booze: Pigs in a blanket rolls house-made franks in fresh puff pastry, while pastrami sandwiches bookend meat cured on-site with daily-baked rye bread



Address: 189 E 79th St
New York
Cross street: at Third Ave
Transport: Subway: R to 77th St (Fourth Ave)
Price: Average beer: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Daily 6pm–2am
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Users say (14)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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YASS! A place to take my friends to prove the UES is cool/has cool bars! It's the kind of place everyone can find something they'll like (both with food, and drinks)- I love going on a nice night when they have their doors/windows open- They have a table and stools that faces out- great place to sit and people watch and enjoy nice weather. The bartenders are fun and knowledgeable,


Awesome addition to the Upper East Side. On a nice night, you'll find this place buzzing with people sitting in the indoor/outdoor space eating light bites and sipping on cocktails. Great cocktail menu and a nice craft beer selection. The bar snacks are tasty and on trend--hi avocado toast and the ambience is very hip and low-key. Great spot for a date or to have a low-key night with a few friends. 


Great local spot for a quick bite to eat. Good drinks, great food (though small portions), and lovely ambiance. Perfect for a quick late afternoon or early dinner bite. Very Williamsburg-esque feel in the UES - you definitely don't feel like you're up there in this spot! The owners also own a restaurant and market across the street, both that also look awesome.


Cute local neighborhood spot on the upper east side. The cocktail selection is quite unique. I tried the blackberry drink. It was tart and refreshing. They also have seasonal drinks on the menu, like a spiked apple cider. Expect to pay up for the cocktails.

Great place to take a date without all the hassle of loud noise and commotion. Great selection of Craft Beer.

The best! Great atmosphere. The service is great - food and drinks are even better. Outstanding beer selection.

A fantastic fit for the neighborhood, truly unique, amazing service, unbelievable food (the fries!!!), great beer selection and even more amazing cocktails!

Place is cool af. Not temperature wise, id say the temperature is perfect. Great beer list, friendly staff. Hands down my favorite bar in the UES, if not all of New York's Citaaay

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