By Hillary Latos
Set along a quiet Upper East Side tree lined street is Dopo East, that is one of the neighborhood's best kept secrets. This bi level Italian restaurant exudes a warm and convivial atmosphere reflecting the best of Italian hospitality and cuisine in a setting that is perfect for brunch or dinner. Housed on two floors in a tasteful and historic brownstone decorated with contemporary art, enjoy the warm spring weather in their romantic planted outdoor garden for a weekend brunch or sink into one of their supple leather banquettes and immerse yourself in the live jazz upstairs on weekend evenings.
Specializing in regional Italian cuisine, everything is as authentic as what you would find in Italy. Start with a selection of their tasty antipasti to whet the appetite. For a taste of the Mediterranean try the grilled calamari, smelt and shrimp, tuna tartar with avocado and mango, sautéed octopus, or spicy shellfish cioppino with clams and mussels. Or indulge in the creamy house made burrata with prosciutto and figs or razor thin filet mignon carpaccio. Known for their handmade pastas, try the tomato based seafood spaghetti with calamari, clams, mussels, scallops, sea bass and prawns, that's reminiscent of a trattoria in Portofino. Or indulge in a hearty Umbrian specialty with the papardelle al sugo di manzo- a rich sauce of braised beef shortribs and Porcini mushrooms in a red wine demi glaze sauce. Taste the best of Sicily with the classic Rigatoni alla Siciliana with caramelized eggplant, and melted mozzarella. As Italy is known for their truffles, the decadent ravioli with black truffles and a cream sauce is simply divine. A Ligurian specialty is the Pennette with a creamy pesto sauce and braised lamb medallions. For main courses embark on a culinary journey throughout Italy with their most beloved dishes. A classic Milanese dish is the veal Osso Buco alla Milanese served with saffron risotto. A Tuscan favorite is the thick cut Bistecca alla griglia featuring a rib eye marinated in herbs served with rosemary baked potatoes. The thinly sliced veal scaloppine is prepared to perfection and lightly dressed with a lemon and caper sauce. Or try the light and flaky Mediterranean branzino simply prepared with white wine and lemon. Nothing complements an Italian meal better than a classic Italian wine. Choose from over 700 wines that were personally chosen by their sommelier that has curated the best of what Italy has to offer.
345 East 62 St,
NY NY 10065