Winners for the 2020 Michelin Bib Gourmand NYC awards were just announced, and the list includes four restaurants on the Upper West Side (though three out of four of these restaurants have multiple locations throughout the city). These awards identify the best affordable restaurants in NYC.
Michelin’s Bib Gourmands were introduced in 1997. The awards are given to restaurants by Michelin inspectors, whose main criteria are restaurants which offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, “making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).”
This year, a total of 133 restaurants made the list, including 29 new winners.
Here are the Upper West Side winners:
566 Amsterdam (between 87th and 88th Streets)
Amelie Wine Bar opened in December of 2017. The French restaurant and wine bar features over fifty wines, charcuterie boards, and popular entries including duck confit, a grass-fed lamb burger and red snapper. The interior is sleek with rose-colored light fixtures and a a dramatic wall of lit up wine bottles, making it an ideal and popular place for romantic rendezvous.
258 West 109th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Chinese restaurant Atlas Kitchen opened in October of 2018. Some of their signature dishes include spicy chicken wings and sea snails in a dry wok, beef flank in a dry wok seasoned in peppers and lotus root broth with handmade beef wontons, and pan fried shrimp in garlic Sauce (cooked table side). Atlas Kitchen’s interior is also quite vibrant, with walls covered in work created by Chinese artist Qiu Anxiong.
480 Amsterdam Ave (corner of 83rd Street)
JG Melon has been an iconic burger spot since 1972, when they opened their restaurant on the Upper East Side. They opened their new Amsterdam Avenue restaurant during September of 2017, to the great delight of many UWS meat-fans. JG Melon has since earned a spot on our list of the best burgers on the Upper West Side.
462 Amsterdam Ave (between 82nd and 83rd Streets)
Known best for the noodle soup that’s in the name of the restaurant, Jin Ramen specializes in “Hakata Ramen”, which they describe as having a ‘very pungent smell thanks to a pork rib broth called tonkotsu’, and recommend consuming with ‘pickled ginger and lots of sesame seeds’. The noodles are firm, extra thin, firm and white in color.
In addition to the variations of their signature attraction, Jin Ramen also offers rice bowls, soba noodles, salads and apps.
View the full list of 2020 NYC Michelin Bib Gourmand winners here.Join our newsletter for more food + drink news: