Upper East Side
Upper East Side replaced Café Bondi, which had operated from the O’Brien Street site for 16 years. Now the space has palms and bamboo furniture to channel a tropical vibe, and the loud music is all about creating a party scene – perhaps one you might find in Bali. There are 100,000 fairy lights and DJs playing all weekend.
On the menu is grilled king prawns; South Coast rock oysters with white balsamic and verjus; lamb rump with soy-braised mushrooms, cauliflower and tarragon; and the salt and pepper cauliflower with white soy and tamarind.
There’s a spin on the Piña Colada, the Upper East Side Colada, which is served in a coconut. Share cocktails are also on the list; supersized servings for four to five people.
On the weekends DJs play all day for The East Side Sessions.
While the venue is set up for summer, when the season changes the menu is tweaked; heaters and fireplaces are added; and patrons can snuggle up under blankets.