If you haven’t been above 60th Street in a while, you are in for a very happy surprise.
EAT: Slurp Vermicelli at Vietnaam88
Everything at this obscure Vietnamese restaurant on Second Avenue is exceptional. Start with the garlic-chive-and-shrimp moon dumpling—pouches of heaven encased in chewy rice paper—and for your main, order the pho bok choy with chicken. 1700 Second Avenue (at 88th Street)
DO: Get Cultured at the 92nd Street Y
The 92nd Street Y has been around for 140 years but, lucky for us, it’s undergoing a renaissance. Its lecture series has never been more innovative or featured higher-profile guests (Hillary Clinton even spent her birthday night lecturing!). 1395 Lexington Avenue (between East 91st and 92nd Streets)
DRINK: Chase Pale Ales With Bread Pudding at Earl’s Beer and Cheese
On the border of East Harlem and the Upper East Side, Earl’s Beer and Cheese borrows much more of its casually eclectic vibe from the former neighborhood. Check its site for an updated list of constantly rotating taps. 1259 Park Avenue (at 97th Street)