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With today’s side deal, $10 gets you $25 worth of food and drinks at Stir on the Upper East Side. Stir’s menu promotes a social atmosphere, featuring selections that are prepared to be shared in a lounge setting that’s relaxing without being stuffy, active without being loud, and dim without being dark.
Social plates, or Stir’s take on tapas, are small-portion selections meant to be tackled by a team of friends, hockey players, or coal miners; you’ll want to order a few of these to pass around. Selections range from the adventurous sirloin tartar (served with quail egg, crostini points, capers, and cornichons, $13) to the traditional mac 'n' cheese ($8). The tapas dining format is a utopian table philosophy, allowing you to generously share and nibble from your neighbor, cementing bonds with new friends, and providing ample fodder for dish-comparison conversation.
The restaurant is also well known for its tasty sliders. The sirloin, buffalo chicken, and veggie sliders are $10, while the Philly steak and crab cake run a few more bucks. If it’s date night, there are also various platters for two that are perfect for snacking on while you chat. Choose from the Tuscan Platter (meats, cheeses, olives and more, $24), the Ocean Platter (shrimp, scallops, crab cakes and ahi tuna sashimi, $44), or the Artisanal Fruit & Cheese Platter (cheeses, fruits, Barolo compote and toast points, $19). These and most other menu items are the handiwork of master chef Rene Gonzales, a 15-year veteran who comes from a diverse culinary background, helping to shape Stir’s eclectically delicious offerings.
- What a hidden gem on the Upper Eastside. Great selection of Martinis and tapas as well as a very friendly staff. – munroteri, Citysearch
- Stir is a great place for an after dinner drink, a place to take a date, or a night out with your friends. Great drink specials, fabulous music, and a hip Upper East Side atmosphere. – Kaitlin R., Insider Pages