The Absolute Best Bar on the Upper East Side

The Absolute Best Bar on the Upper East Side

While the Upper East Side might not be a destination for nightlife, there are still plenty of low-key spots worth checking out. Places where you can be a regular and they will remember your name, or where you can just be passing through and feel equally as welcome. Satisfying food and drink is a must, of course, and an atmosphere that will entice you to stay awhile.

Treadwell Park
1125 First Ave., at 62nd St.; 212-832-1551

You’ve had a long day, and you just want to go to a bar and spread out at a picnic table, eat some free popcorn, and order up some beer and a giant Nathan’s bánh-mì hot dog that should take two people to finish. Maybe after you’ll play an arcade game or Ping-Pong. But first, in this sprawling space where every day is Oktoberfest, you’ll try one of the 20 craft beers on draft or 30 bottled beers — or, hey, maybe a gluten-free cider. Then you’ll top it all off with a beer float, because there are five to choose from, made with gelato, ice-cream, or sorbet.