When you’re ready to class up girls’ night in NYC, point yourself in the direction of Dopo East, on a tree-lined stretch of the Upper East Side. Inside, you’ll find a warm, old-world welcome. White tablecloths add elegance as colorful art livens up the walls. Ask for a seat near the mellow garden and you’ll feel yourselves immediately relaxing. (If not, there’s a full bar and aperitifs for that.) This is not the Italian of musty red sauce joints—here you’ll find organic vegetables and meats, crafted into fresh, light, and modern creations. While you’re sharing the latest news with your friends, share some dishes as well, maybe a tender grilled octopus with baby artichokes and cherry tomatoes in a lemon-garlic vinaigrette. For the next course, get rich quick with sheep milk ricotta ravioli in a black truffle sauce, or grilled lamb with chanterelles and horseradish yogurt. Should you have something to toast you can raise a glass of one of the house’s deep list of Italian vintages. Come on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll get a little bonus atmosphere from live music on the grand piano. The night’s only dilemma? Choosing between the cheesecake, semifreddo, and tiramisu for dessert. But then, that’s why you brought along all those friends.