Upper East Side
Upper East Side replaced Cafe 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.
The Bali theme doesn't extend to the menu anymore. Since new head chef Peter Wu joined the team in 2019, Upper East Side has instead been cooking a Nikkei menu, a type of fusion cuisine that originated in the Japanese migrant communities of Peru. It's the merging of traditional Japanese recipes with the local ingredients of Peru and Latin America. The menu is filled with crowd-pleasers such as deep fried oysters with yuzu aioli, wagyu beef and chimichurri sushi, and Japanese fried chicken with a jalapeno tartare. One notable vegan option is the cauliflower with silken yuzu tofu.
For drinks, there’s a spin on the Pina 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.