Food For Thought — August 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

The UES Keeps It Classy with Swifty’s

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Located on the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan sits Swifty’s, a quaint, yet sophisticated restaurant that its regulars can’t stop raving about. I came across Swifty’s while searching for a special place to dine for my upcoming birthday, and it seemed like the perfect Upper East excursion for my special day.

At first glance, Swifty’s seems to exude those preconceived ideals people have of the Upper East Side. The regulars are well-dressed, well-connected and upper class, but don’t be too intimated. The staff is friendly and and the food is phenomenal.

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Co-owner Chef Stephen Attoe has created an incredible menu specializing in American and European cuisine. Some standout starters are the Artichoke with Balsamic Vinaigrette and the Fresh Salmon Tartare served with Avocado Fries. The Corn Fritters made with Alaskan salmon roe and creme fraiche are a big favorite among the regulars, but we started off with an order of the East Coast Oysters and Clams that were so fresh and succulent they had you wanting more and more. The Lump Crab Cakes with creamed spinach and Grilled Swordfish made in a Heirloom tomato sauce and served with green rice are great standout main course dishes. A must try is definitely the Black Angus Strip Steak served with your choice of a Béarnaise or Au Poivre sauce cooked to your perfect temperature.

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Skipping dessert is not an option at Swifty’s. With menu items like Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse made with fresh whipped cream, you will be glad you saved room.

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Reservations are highly recommended because the restaurant seats around sixty people when full, and they are always full. With a price range of $40-$60 per person not including wine, it’s not for every day dining for the average New Yorker. But when you’re in the mood for an Upper East Side ambiance and great food, make a reservation at Swifty’s.

Twisted Talk: What restaurants do you head to for a special occasion? Have you been to Swifty’s before? Discuss below!

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