Best Bar Food on the Upper West Side
I’ve eaten through the area to come up with the best bar food on the Upper West Side. Good bar food involves getting a few of the basic choices down, like burgers, fries, but also creating something unique, a new finger food, or a new spicy taste, that keeps folks coming back. Check out my top picks for bar food on the Upper West Side below.
These listed below have passed the test. Give them a try if you haven’t, let us know what you think. If you have others to suggest, send them on in, and tell us why.
OK, here goes.
480 Amsterdam Ave
( closed in April of 2017 )
With a plain name like that, who can resist. Word on the street says it has the best burgers, (veggie, too) and a particularly tasty spicy mayo topping. They also combine the all-American comfort foods — mac and cheese or sloppy joe — as a burger topping. They get four stars for just being clever and brave. While their menu may not be extensive, they know enough to do a few things really, really well. 480 Amsterdam Ave (W 83rd)
A bit more on the menu, and what stands out is the pig wings which has been getting great reviews, and the mixed basket which includes a collection of finger foods so that you don’t have to just pick one. Wings, jalapeno poppers, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, onion rings and curly fries. It that doesn’t please the crowd, nothing will. 485 Amsterdam Ave (W 83rd)
OK, so we also like bars with good bar food AND quirky names. This one has figured that maybe since their clientele occasionally gets pickled, why not a majority of the menu items. We’re finding some “not really seen before” choices here, like pickles of all kinds: hot and sour, dill kosher, pickle slaw, and picked green beans, carrots and tomatoes – all handcrafted by Jacob! Oh, you’ll have some “un-briny” choices, too, like burgers, fries, biscuits, and deviled eggs. 509 Amsterdam (W. 84th)
West End Hall
While Amsterdam Avenue has a great selection of pub grub, lets meander off that strip to Broadway. Their menu, which is described as “beer hall cuisine,” includes pork sliders, pulled pork wontons, tater tots (how cute is that!), and fries with new twists (parmesan truffle, and sriracha, chorizo, Monterey jack and fried egg). Or a good old-fashioned giant pretzel with spicy mustard. 2756 Broadway (106th)
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