I wanted to give a shout out to one of my (extremely) local restaurants, Panorama Cafe. Panorama is located on my block, 2nd Avenue between 81st and 82nd on the Upper East Side, basically right underneath our apartment. It used to be located off 2nd on 85th Street but about a year ago, it relocated. It was a very wise move for Panorama because it has flourished in its new location. The number of customers has dramatically increased and the restaurant is now full on a consistent basis.
Our block is fortunate to be located one block south of the new subway line construction, one of the reasons we decided to rent this apartment. Since the move, Panorama’s nice al fresco dining space in the front showcases the bustling UES 2nd Ave community and is a great way to experience the neighborhood. We particularly enjoy the seats located inside but right near the open wall that is adjacent to the patio.
Due to its wide array of menu items and excellent daily special deals, Craig and I eat here about once a month. Panorama is a mix of Italian dishes, particularly a wide array of lovely pastas and thin crust upscale pizzas, and American items like sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Something that repeatedly draws us to Panorama is their Monday night special: $10 pasta night, in which every pasta dish, typically around $14 or $15, is offered for $10, including the night’s specials. Both of us love the vodka sauce and substitute it on most pasta dishes. Panorama has approximately 15 pasta items on the menu plus a number of daily pasta specials.
Tuesday night is 2 for 1 pizza night, so pizza that also ranges around $15 is offered at half price. With the many interesting item choices, it’s so easy finding 2 pizzas to share. I noticed that the pizzas are not located on their website’s menu but they have over a dozen varieties. Panorama also has a half price happy hour offering half price items and drinks.
Panorama’s brunch is particularly popular and worth a visit for. They offer most items for $10 and are rather large portions. We went with my father and each of us had a different delicious omelet, and I even had leftovers. My father’s was particularly yummy, the Venetian with smoked mozzarella and bacon. I had the Valenciana Omelette, with spicy chorizo sausage, red peppers and onions (see photo). Panorama’s main brunch draw is a $15 “Boozy Brunch” which includes a meal and unlimited brunch drinks for 2 hours. Great deal! Most weekends, during the main brunch time, the patio is jam packed and a great place to enjoy a good meal and catch up with friends.
Panorama’s prices are comparable if not cheaper than a NYC diner, especially if you take advantage of the special deals. But the atmosphere and ambience are better, particularly the hoppin’ patio (so go soon!). If you live on the UES or happen to find yourself up there, stop by Panorama Cafe and tell them Hot2Molly sent ya. I eat there a lot so you would be doing me a favor!