With a record-themed wine shop, an artisanal cocktail joint, and a haute cheese-inspired beer bar, the tippity-top spot of the Upper East Side is slowly becoming hip.
Some call it the Upper East Side, or the Upper-Upper East Side. For others, it’s Spanish Harlem or East Harlem. There’s also a whisper of (cringe) SpaHa — a newly-minted realtor’s term that can only forecast what’s in store for the neighborhood. (#hipsters) Call it what you will, the area around (and mostly above) the 96th Street subway stop is home to a host of hotspots that are making the longer commute cool. (Who would have ever thought those words would be uttered?) Click through our cheat-sheet for a few newbies — and some old standbys — to hit the ‘hood right.