The Upper East Side now has an outpost of critical hit Quality Eats, the Greenwich Village restaurant that’s a more casual and lower-cost version of the traditional NYC steakhouse.
Restaurateur Michael Stillman of Quality Branded planted the newest location at 1496 Second Avenue, at 78th Street. Monday night, it starts serving a similar menu of steaks for under $30, including the popular $19 bavette. The chef here Craig Koketsu also has the same slew of takes on classic steakhouse sides — creamed spinach comes in hushpuppy form and bacon comes with peanut butter and jalapeno jelly.
Some items will be new to this version of restaurant, such as a section dedicated to fish and a collaboration with longtime UES bakery Orwasher’s for a rugelach ice cream. Quality Eats UES will also have a creme brulee cake that is caramelized by the table, via pastry chef Cory Colton.
Quality Eats opens tonight for dinner, open from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Eventually, lunch and brunch will follow.
This is just the start of the restaurant’s expansion. Later this year, Stillman will open one in NoMad, too. Quality Eats originally opened in 2015 offering more affordable steaks. Eater critic Ryan Sutton called the original location “the future of the New York steakhouse.”
Take a look at the full menu of the new location below, and stay tuned for photos of the space and more.