The Master Guide to Restaurants on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on November 20th, 2018

We’ve eaten at so many restaurants on the Upper West Side. And when new Upper West Side restaurants open, it’s a celebration.  This post uncovers the very best places to eat, in addition to recent and upcoming openings! We’ve also included bars, bakeries, supermarkets, and any establishment on the UWS that serves food or alcohol!

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Jacob’s Pickles

509 Amsterdam Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)

For lovers of all things fried and pickled, Jacob’s Pickles is your place. Equally delicious and artery clogging, this UWS comfort foods specialist is one that requires the body to prepare itself.

One notable classic includes their buttermilk fried chicken, which can accompany fluffy pancakes and bacon, or their famous mac and cheese, or simply find itself in a super moist biscuit.

Some other soulful foods to enjoy include their shrimp and grits, catfish tacos and their poutine.

And Jacob’s actual pickles come in 8 varieties.

In addition to the great food, Jacob’s has a 22-tap beer list and plenty of spirits.

Jacobs Pickles

Jacob’s famous chicken + pancakes

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Cafe Luxembourg

200 West 70th Street (between Amsterdam and West End)

On the Upper West Side since 1983, Cafe Luxembourg is a posh French restaurant which is usually packed to the brim, oftentimes with celebrity patrons. So make a reservation! They are known for their shoe string frites which can come with our without parm (get the parm) and served with mayo. The steak frites entrée is also amazing!

Other popular dishes include their tuna burgers, eggs benedict and omelettes.

Fun fact: This famous UWS restaurant was featured in When Harry Met Sally!

Cafe Luxembourg

Smoked Salmon Benedict – c/o of @ernotauriainen

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Nice Matin

201 West 79th Street (corner of Amsterdam)

Located in the Lucerne Hotel, this bustling French restaurant has tasty food, delicious coffee, a stunning interior and large, wrap-around outdoor eating space.

For breakfast or brunch, their eggs are super fresh and the spicy lamb sausage scramble is a winner. As are their fresh juices (including their own mix of orange, mango, cranberry and pineapple).

The pre-fixe lunch of either 2 or 3 courses offers several choices, including their popular kale salad and PEI mussels.

They offer a three-course pre-fixe dinner menu for $42. I would recommend the escargot and spice salmon, and for dessert the chocolate mousse is amazing. They also have a great wine and craft cocktail menu.

nice matin

spicy lamb sausage scramble – by @thejordansdiary

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Sarabeth’s West

423 Amsterdam Ave (between 80th and 81st Streets)

Sarabeth’s West opened in 1981, making it the first of the NYC restaurant chain’s locations to open. A widely-celebrated Upper West Side breakfast spot, one of their most positively reviewed item is their lemon ricotta pancakes. Other early morning treats include some unique twists on waffles and French toast, and their fresh juices are spectacular! Try the pomegranate.

Sarabeths West

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, via Yelp

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Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam Ave (corner of 87th)

One of the best Jewish delis in NYC has been a staple of the Upper West Side for over 100 years – popular for breakfast, brunch and beyond. They are not Glatt Kosher but given 90% of the items on their menu, you can safely dine here if you follow a Kosher diet.

Dubbed “The Sturgeon King”, they’re most known for their smoked fish platters and bagels.

Their bagels are outstanding and come in a ton of varieties, as do their spreads.

The décor and ambiance of Barney Greengrass ooze with charm and old-school New York.

Barney Greengrass

Everything bagel with lox – by @travelbound2cu

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Piccolo Cafe

313 Amsterdam Ave (between 74th and 75th Streets)

This rustic Italian spot is cute, cozy and delicious. For early eating, I really love their egg-sandwiches and croissants. And their coffee is amazing (they actually began as a coffee company). If you’re running late for work, grab a super strong pick-me-up through their charming espresso window during the warmer weather.

Dinner includes a large list of home-made pastas, including an authentic spaghetti with manila clams, perfected by the chef while still in the mother country.

Dessert options are also plentiful and include a mouth-watering tiramisu.

Best of all, Piccolo Café is very affordable!

Just one more reason it’s among my favorite restaurants on the Upper West Side.

Piccolo Cafe

poached eggs and Maine lobster in a flaky croissant

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Han Dynasty

215 West 85th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

This Upper West Side Chinese restaurant is part of a national chain which has another location in the East Village. They offer large, family-style dishes which are ideal for sharing. It’s a Sichuan restaurant, so expect spicy – but you can ask your server to tone it down.

A couple of major hits:

Dan Dan Noodles – These plump noodles are seasoned with both spicy chili oil and sweet soy and sesame for an interesting and addicting balance. A 6 on the spicy scale

Dry Pepper Chicken – this entrée style is described on the menu as “Triple flash fried with long hot and dry chili peppers”, and gets an 8 on the spicy scale. You can also get this style with fish, tofu or shrimp, but these little fried chicken bites are the best.

Han Dynasty

Dan Dan Noodles

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Red Farm

2170 Broadway (between 76th and 77th Streets)

One of the trendiest restaurants on the Upper West Side. This innovative Chinese restaurant serves dim sum-styled dishes with a “greenmarket sensibility” and many modern takes on classic Chinese dishes. Try their scallion pancakes with bacon or their shrimp and snow pea dumplings!

They also offer a bunch of dishes you might not immediately think of when you think of “Chinese”: mussels with eggplant and okra, a NY strip steak and shrimp-stuffed jalapeno poppers.

And their “Pac Man” dumplings are a serious fan favorite.

Red Farm

Pac Man shrimp dumplings

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The Mermaid Inn

570 Amsterdam Avenue (between 87th and 88th Streets)

Known most for their enticing oysters and raw bar, with east and west coast options for the connoisseur.

Mermaid Inn has an awesome, awesome happy hour with dollar oysters – every day from 5-7pm! Plus cool cocktails like their “jalapeno hospitality” with jalapeno-infused tequila, pineapple juice, fresh lime and agave.

Their “Nearly Famous” lobster roll (on their brunch menu) comes with thick and creamy chunks of lobster on a grilled brioche bun, served with old bay fries.

They also offer a scrumptious side of smoked gouda mac & cheese with scallions on their dinner menu. It’s pretty filling and only $9!

The Mermaid Inn

The lobster roll

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Sushi Kaito

244 West 72nd Street (between West End and Broadway)

Sushi Kaito opened in June of 2017 and has since gotten rave reviews and media praise.

They like to keep it simple and run a tight ship.

The menu has two main options: 12 pieces ($75) or 16 pieces ($100).

Seating is offered Tuesday through Sunday at 5:30pm, 7:00pm and 8:30pm.

With the vast majority of fish coming straight from Japan, quality here is just as important as quality control. This relatively new UWS restaurant has quickly become considered one of the best Upper West Side sushi places.

Sushi Kaito

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Levain Bakery

167 West 74th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus)

351 Amsterdam Ave (between 76th and 77th Streets)

The cookie king of NYC.  And maybe Earth. Levain’s cookies are giant, soft, moist and perfect. Choose from chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or dark chocolate peanut butter chip.

They also serve scones and muffins and more, but the cookies are where it’s at.

When Levain Bakery on Amsterdam Avenue first opened, Upper West Siders were in bliss – because the lines at their smaller 74th Street location will often extend far down the block.

Levain Bakery cookies

all of the cookies, stacked up in their glory.

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Good Enough To Eat

520 Columbus Avenue (corner of 85th Street)

Among a handful of restaurants on the Upper West Side with rabid cult followings. The highlight at Good Enough To Eat are their famous biscuits with strawberry butter. You’ll also find super fluffy eggs and delicious pancakes on their brunch menu. Their brunch also comes with some pretty inventive bloody mary cocktails, one of which comes with bacon!

For those with a sweet tooth, start with a signature milkshake, and feel free to have it spiked. And the cakes are amazing and come in all types of wacky varieties.

Good Enough To Eat

biscuits and strawberry butter

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The Milling Room

446 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd Streets)

The Milling Room brings seasonal, locally-sourced American cuisine to an enormous and stunningly beautiful sky-lit space, formerly occupied by both Calle Ocho and Corvo Bianco.

Lead by executive chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark, some dish highlights include the prosciutto croquettes, the grilled octopus and the roast farm kitchen. The orzo mac and cheese is also deliciously creamy and topped in crunchy bread crumbs.

The Milling Room Upper West Side

Yep, the interior is insane.

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Playa Betty’s

320 Amsterdam Ave (between 75th and 76th Streets)

Transport yourself to the beaches of the west coast at this upbeat Cali style eatery. Their Baja fish tacos, queso and guac mix perfectly with the loud and happy dance music.

My drink of choice is the frozen paloma margarita which is made with grapefruit and lime and can be scored for just $8 during happy hour. Another refreshing cocktail is their “Cool as a Cucumber”, made with organic crop vodka, cucumber, lime and fever tree tonic.

I’m also a big fan of their chicken wings. Sweet and spicy, their “Rad Wings” are made with a Catalina dressing and are a nice change of pace for any wing fans looking for something new.

Playa Betty’s is a great place to go when you want to get into the spirit of vacation before you’re upcoming  trip to California. Or if you’re less cool, like me, Florida.

Playa Bettys Wings

the “Rad Wings”

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Peacefood Cafe

460 Amsterdam Ave (between 82nd and 83rd Streets)

Peacefood is a casual vegan restaurant and bakery with another location in the Union Square area. Eric Yu opened his restaurant on the Upper West Side back in 2009, to the great delight of local plant fans.

Locally grown ingredients are used in all of their foods, so specials change on a seasonal basis to ensure maximum freshness.

Their sandwiches are served on toasted whole spelt rye bread, and they won a “best sandwich award” in the 2010 NYC Vegan Guide. Try the tempeh avocado: “baked marinated tempeh, creamy avocado, pickled radishes, shredded carrots and cilantro.”

Their special menu (offered daily between 11am-5pm) includes a delicious “protein-packed kale salad” served with diced seasonal tofu, tempeh bacon, pumpkin seeds and raisins tossed with the chef’s secret dressing.

Another crowd pleaser would be the chickpea fries, with a tad of Indian spices and served with their creamy house dipping sauce.

If you’re having trouble shaking that sweet tooth, Peacefood’s bakery offers treats made without egg, dairy or refined sugar. The vegan brownies and raw key lime pie are delish.

Peacefood Cafe chickpea fries

chickpea fries

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Calle Ocho

45 West 81st Street (between Columbus and Central Park West)

One of the top picks for Upper West Side brunch spots, and for good reason. Calle Ocho’s brunch includes eight flavors of bottomless sangria! Add delicious salsa, tangy chipotle, and delicious rolls with passion fruit butter for a guaranteed good time.

This hip Latin restaurant serves creative twists on traditional foods influenced by Cuban, Peruvian, Dominican, Spanish, Venezuelan and Costa Rican cuisines. Popular choices include all five varieties of their ceviche, poached lobster and Cuban skirt steak.

Calle Ocho sangria

The menu advises you to pace yourself, as these are strong.

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Jean Georges

1 Central Park West (between 60th and 61st Streets)

This beautiful French restaurant features walls of windows offering views of Central Park, many celebrity patrons, and acknowledgement from many food critics like Michelin and Zagat as one of the best restaurants on the Upper West Side.

Jean George has earned four stars from The New York Times, James Beard awards, and was considered the sixth best restaurant in NYC by Zagat in 2013.

Choice picks include the foie gras, chocolate lava cake and crab and mango salad.

Certainly among the most expensive restaurants you’ll find in this list, and in NYC.

Oh, and if you’re interested in NYC celebrity sightings, come here.

Jean Georges diver scallops

Diver scallops sautéed a la plancha accompanied by caramelized cauliflower and a caper raisin emulsion.

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Candle Cafe West

2427 Broadway (between 89th and 90th Streets)

Kosher-certified and 100% plant-based foods. Menu items change seasonally to ensure freshness.

For lunch, try their Cajun seitan sandwich, served on grilled focaccia with steamed kale, ancho chili aioli, red onion, avocado and field green salad.

They have noteworthy beverage menus filled with unique concoctions with and without alcohol.  Fresh juices include a “sun kissed mocktail” made with pear, orange, vanilla and lemon. For later-in-the-day visits, I would recommend their “Garden of Eden” which is comprised of beet-infused vodka, lemon, elderflower soda and agave.

Candle Cafe’s dessert menu features amazing sorbet, chocolate mousse and a yummy banana chocolate cake with coconut frosting, chocolate and vanilla coconut ice cream.

Candle Cafe West

banana chocolate cake

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The Ribbon

20 West 72nd Street (between Columbus and Central Park West)

The first Blue Ribbon restaurant on the Upper West Side, The Ribbon serves new American cuisine with a touch of French influence which is recommended by both Zagat and Michelin.

Patrons love their spit roasted meats, notably their prime rib of beef which can be ordered as an entrée or enjoyed through their excellent prime rib poutine, which is served with onions, cheddar gravy and a fried egg.

The Raw Bar gets many positive reviews as well, and features oysters, clams, king crab, New Orleans shrimp, lobster and American Sturgeon caviar.

Additional treats include generous meat and cheese plates, shareable pates, deviled eggs and the show-stopping Blue Ribbon fried chicken.

For those looking to eat and drink, The Ribbon’s bar comes with over 98 whiskeys and bourbons, a 100-bottle wine list, six wines on tap and a collection of local beers and ciders.

The Ribbon

The Blue Ribbon fried chicken can and should be enjoyed as a sandwich (on their lunch menu).

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Emack and Bolio’s Ice Cream

389 Amsterdam Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets)

Serving “Ice Cream For The Connoisseur”, Emack and Bolio’s was founded in Boston in 1975 and are considered the “best ice cream purveyors in the country” by Good Housekeeping Magazine. And it’s definitely my favorite Upper West Side ice cream shop.

They offer outrageous and inventive flavors made from all natural ingredients. These creative tastes find their inspiration from sources like dessert chefs, ethnic grocery stores, mother nature and even their customers.

Some favorites include the Cookie Monster (Oreos with cookie dough), Red Velvet (chewy cake bits), and the Grasshopper Pie (crème de menthe liquor with oreos and chocolate flakes).

Emack’s actually invented the flavored cone in 1980, offering various flavors which can be candy-coated or dipped in marshmallows, Froot Loops or Rice Krispies.

Emack and Bolio’s also offer homemade chocolates and sodas, ice cream cakes and smoothies.

Emack and Bolios

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel and Mud Pie in a Fruit Loops cone – via Yelp

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Absolute Bagels

2788 Broadway (between 107th and 108th Streets)

An Upper West Side breakfast staple, this popular Upper West Side bagel spot makes their fresh and fluffy product from scratch with a new batch coming out of the oven every hour. This makes it a popular spot and so the lines can get long. So, if you’re thinking of making a stop before work, give yourself plenty of time.

The space is modest, as it should be. But there are a few tables and you’ll usually be able to find a seat, if you think you’re too good to eat on the subway.

And also, they only take cash. So keep your wallets padded.

Absolute Bagels

classic plain bagel with cream cheese and lox. thick on the cream cheese, thick on the lox. via Yelp.

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Xi’An Famous Foods

2675 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd Streets)

This Chinese restaurant serves “hand-ripped” biangbiang noodles which are extremely long and flat and perfect for slurping.

The space is small but there is counter-seating, making it a good place for solo dining (or take-out, but a sign on the wall notifies patrons that the noodles are most enjoyable when enjoyed right away).

My favorite hot noodle dish is the spicy lamb cumin.  Xi’An Famous Foods also serves cold noodles and noodle soups.

You’ll also find two salads and two burgers on their menu (a choice of pork or spicy lamb on a flatbread bun).

The Chinese chain opened their first location in Flushing, Queens in 2005.  Today, they have nine locations in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and two in Queens.

Xian Famous Foods UWS

Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles: biangbiang wide, hand-ripped noodles mixed with sauteed spicy cumin lamb.

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Community Food & Juice

2893 Broadway (between 112th and 113th Streets)

Located in the heart of Morningside Heights, this New American restaurant has a wide array of options for those looking to go organic or meat-free.

The yummy times at Community Food & Juice begin first thing in the morning with their wonderful breakfast options.

They have a weekday pancake special from 8-9am which comes with super fluffy blueberry pancakes, a freshly squeezed small orange juice and unlimited coffee. This special goes for $12 total.

The customizable “Community Omelette” is another popular first-meal item. Filling options include avocado, hickory bacon, turkey chorizo, wild mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, maple cured ham, sautéed spinach, Vermont Cabot cheddar, goat cheese, feta, fontina and muenster.

For lunch they serve a tangy gruyere quiche, crispy fried fish sandwiches with golden beet chips, and excellent, rich burgers with onions and sweet potato fries. Plus one of my favorite roast chickens in the city for dinner, served with lemon rosemary couscous.

They also have my favorite salad on the Upper West Side; “The Farmer’s Chop”, made with romaine hearts, green apples, kirby cukes, radishes, carrots, mizuna, chives, tarragon, celery, lynnhaven local feta, sunflower seeds, champagne-cider vinaigrette. Add grilled chicken … it’s great.

And don’t forget their bowls of mystery vegetables, flatbreads to start, and the extreme-chocolate cake. They also make all their own juices fresh, they have an inventive and rotating list of cocktails, and they butter their cider.

Community Food and Juice

the blueberry pancakes

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Maison Pickle

2315 Broadway (between 83rd and 84th Streets)

From the owner of Jacob’s Pickles, Maison Pickle is a more upscale American eatery with a menu centered around French dip sandwiches and classic cocktails.

They offer four French dip sandwiches: Classic, Deluxe, Reuben and Lamb (the first three are beef)– all served on their house baked French bread and with dill pickles.

You’ll certainly want to get their buffalo chicken mac and cheese, which I was very excited to post on Instagram when I first got it. They also offer mac fans one made with sausage, jalapeño, cheese, and a fried egg – the Midnight Mac and Cheese. Other popular items include their deviled eggs, challah French toast (for brunch), and their fried chicken n’ toast.

The cocktail menu has some really elaborate options, including their “Death in the Afternoon” absinthe drink, not to mention a generous beer list with ten rotating taps and bottled brews from companies like Founders and Brooklyn Brewery.

The space itself is beautiful. There’s a bar in the front and a huge rear dining section with multiple levels, bright liquor-bottled walls, plush green and brown leather seating and great natural light. Maison is definitely a date spot!

Maison Pickle

The Deluxe: sirloin of beef, fried and caramelized onions and gruyere fondue.

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Saravana Bhavan

413 Amsterdam Avenue (between 79th and 80th Streets) 

This Southern Indian vegetarian joint is part of one of the world’s largest vegetarian chains.

Specialties include doas, idli and vada, all made from ground rice and lentils.

Dosas are crispy crepes that are frequently served with a potato and onion masala. Try their Masala Dosa: Thin rice and lentil crepe filled with mildly spiced mashed potatoes and onions, served with 3 varieties of chutney’s and sambar. 

Vadas are savory fried snacks, similar to donuts. Try the Medhu Vada: Crispy lentil doughnut served with sambar and chutney.

And idlis are a savory rice cake which are a staple of Southern Indian cuisine. Enjoy the Mini Ghee Idlies: Fourteen pieces immersed in sambar and garnished with ghee.

Saravana is also popular for their delicious sauces and Madras coffee (made by mixing frothed and boiled milk).

And they are certified Kosher!

Saravana Bhavan UWS

Medhu Vada – c/o Yelp

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Silvermoon Bakery

2740 Broadway (corner of 105th Street)

This French bakery has been open since 2000. When it first opened, there weren’t many artisan bakeries on the Upper West Side, so it was a big deal.

Notable sweets include their blueberry muffins, chocolate Babka, chocolate croissants and cinnamon brioches.

If you’re looking for savory, try one of their six varieties of sourdough bread or their classic French baguettes.

Everything at Silvermoon Bakery is fresh out of the oven and Upper West Siders are more than happy to wait in the confined space for their orders.

Plus, they are Kosher and vegetarian and have outdoor seating. The sidewalk cafe is a popular weekend destination for locals (and their dogs).

Silvermoon Bakery

Rhubarb Tart

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Boulud Sud

20 West 64th Street (between Broadway and Central Park West)

Daniel Boulud’s upscale Mediterranean and French restaurant near Lincoln Center offers its patrons seasonal fare, fresh vegetables and seafood, and an extensive wine list.

The seafood section should bring your attention to a wonderful dover sole prepared with lemon, olives, capers and brown butter. The Mediterranean sea bass, also a winner, is served with spring peas, walnut and green cardamom tahini.

The pasta happy hour can be enjoyed every day; after 9pm between Sundays and Thursdays and after 10pm on Friday and Saturday. All pasta is half-priced and served in the bar and lounge. All pasta served at Boulud Sud is made in house using freshly ground local and Italian flavors, and organic eggs made from a farm in Pennsylvania.

Another ongoing special is “Paella Sundays” – a traditional Paella dinner with family-style tapas, paella “Valenciana,” churros and a glass of Sangria for $49 per person.

The wine list offers reds, whites, roses and champagnes from France, Spain, Italy, Greece and California, with a separate menu for dessert wines.

Boulud Sud

Paella – by @Evansungnyc

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Schatzie’s Prime Meats

2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd Streets)

Schatzie The Butcher – also known as “The Meat Man of Manhattan” – comes from a long line of butchers originating from Germany.

Schatzie has been a butcher from the time he was 11 years old and working at his father’s butcher shop in the Bronx.

This is one gritty old New Yorker … an OG to the max … and he is unquestionably one of the best butchers in NYC.

“I know about meat and poultry. I know how to butcher a side of beef, trim a rack of lamb, fillet a duck, cut up a chicken … or discretely make a pass at a customer. I love women almost as much as meat. They are one of my passions along with meat and singing (I have a night club act which I hope you will come and see sometime).”

Schatzie’s is a destination for both ordinary and exotic meats. Even if you don’t see something on the shelves, Schatzie can get it for you.

Their most popular cut is their USDA Prime Strip Steak.

In addition to their meats, they offer some “heat and eat” options on their menu.

The Meat Man’s son Richie has opened up a burger joint next door … aptly named Richie’s Burger Joint, which serves delicious grass fed burgers, delicious French fries, and a nice rotation of micro brews.

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Saiguette

935 Columbus Ave (corner of 106th Street)

This extremely casual Vietnamese eatery is mostly good for take-out, but there are a few stools inside. Regardless, your meal will come in a take-out container.

Ask people in Manhattan Valley and they’ll tell you good things about their sandwiches. Called “Banh Mi”, they come on Saiguette’s home-made bread accompanied by cucumbers, pickled carrots and jalapenos, and a spicy chili mayo. Choices for meats include pork shoulder or belly, flank or skirt steak, a few cuts of chicken, fish and shrimp.

They are also praised for their pho (a Vietnamese rice noodle soup made with beef broth, onion, lime, bean sprout, basil, jalapeno and hoisin siracha). You’ll find them in various “Best Pho in NYC” articles, including those by Thrillist, Time Out New York and Eater.

Pho real …

Saiguette

Pho Nam Vang: made with pork, shrimp, squid, fish cake, bean sprouts, cilantro and scallions. c/o Yelp

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Kirsch Bakery & Kitchen

551 Amsterdam (between 86th and 87th Streets)

The main attraction at this restaurant and bakery is without a doubt their French Toast, which you can enjoy in various forms and at all times.

Their sweet and savory French Toasts are available for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Savory options include lox and onion or bacon, swiss and egg.

And there are three in the sweet section:

  1. Mascarpone cream and mixed berry jam (this one is also on their kids menu)
  2. Cinnamon and pear
  3. Chocolate peanut butter

And for dinner, a lobster French toast appetizer! This is prepared with lemon butter and tarragon.

The dinner menu includes several fresh seafood entrees, like seafood linguine, roasted salmon and sea bass. The wine list is generous and several house cocktails are offered, including a very unique “Kirsch Royal” made with cava and homemade cherry syrup.

Other fan favorites include their spicy avocado toast, mac and gruyere and their quiche – which changes on a daily basis.

Kirsch Bakery & Kitchen

Savory French Toast- house cured lox, Creme Fraiche and Spring onion

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Lincoln Square Steak

208 West 70th Street (between West End and Amsterdam)

This American steakhouse serves delicious dry aged cuts in a vibrant, 1960s atmosphere.

Each steak comes with two sides; we like the garlic herb fries and wild mushrooms, but the potato gratin seems to be a crowd favorite.

The filet minion seems to be the favorite cut among online reviewers.

The porterhouse for three consists of 21-day dry aged beef that comes with sides of your choice and is spiced to perfection.

The menu also has some great seafood dishes; the seafood platter comes with lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters and clams.

Also expect impressive wine and beer lists.

And a piano player!

Lincoln Square Steak

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Gray’s Papaya

As a native Upper West Sider, I have to include it. Open 24 hours a day, and first established in 1973, Gray’s remains a popular hot dog destination for locals and a must-visit venue for tourists. Single dogs go for $2.50, and their “recession special” (2 hot dogs and a 14 oz drink) for $6.45.  They also serve a bunch of juice drinks including their popular papaya.

Grays Papaya

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Upper West Side Restaurants Opened in 2018 (beginning with the most recent):

Mokum

464 Amsterdam Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd Streets)

Mokum opened in the space previously occupied by Hampton Chutney in mid November.

It is slated to be an informal restaurant with “the food you wish you had time to cook,” lead by head chef Benjamin Vaschetti.

Mokum NYC

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Boulevard Seafood Company

2745 Broadway (between 105th and 106th Streets)

This seafood restaurant recently replaced Henry’s, which was a neighborhood fixture for nineteen years. They have another location in Somerset, New Jersey.

Boulevard Seafood Company

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Momofuku Noodle Bar at the Time Warner Center 

10 Columbus Circle (at 60th Street)

David Chang’s Columbus Circle opened on November 15th. The space is huge and they are offering a menu that will be different from their original location in the East Village. It’s located right next to his newly opened Bang Bar.

Momofuku Noodle Bar Columbus Circle

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Living Thai

931 Amsterdam Avenue (between 105th and 106th Streets)

This new Thai restaurant opened on October 22nd. So far the reviews are great. They offer a lunch special for $7.99, popular Thai iced tea, and a nice and friendly environment.

chicken and shrimp thai dumplings

chicken and shrimp Thai dumplings

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Kikoo West

998 Columbus Avenue (between 109th and 110th Streets)

This sushi restaurant opened in late October. At the time of this writing, there aren’t any reviews yet. They have another location in the East Village.

Kikoo West

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Frank Mac’s Pub

425 Amsterdam Avenue (between 80th and 81st Streets)

Long-time drinking establishment McAleer’s recently closed, and came back as Frank Mac’s Pub, which opened in October. It seems to be run by the same owners, so we’re not sure what caused the change.

Frank Macs Pub

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Bang Bar

10 Columbus Circle (3rd floor of Time Warner Center)

Bang Bar opened on October 31st. The small take out shop by David Chang offers Korean wraps for breakfast and lunch.

Bang Bar At The Time Warner Center

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Leonti

103 West 77th Street (corner of Columbus)

Back in June, long time Upper West Side restaurant Dovetail closed its doors. But they told us they’d be back in a new form! And they opened on November 1st as Leonti, head by chef Adam Leonti. The upscale restaurant serves mainly Italian fare.

Leonti NYC

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E’s Bar

2888 Broadway (between 112th and 113th Streets)

E’s Bar opened their second location on October 18th. Word is they still have lots of cool board games, craft beers and great food.

E-Bar 2888 Broadway

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Elea

217 West 85th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

This Greek restaurant opened on October 15th. It comes from the owners of Kyma, in the Flatiron district, which has been getting rave reviews since it opened. Elea is a more casual and affordable restaurant, but with many similar menu items.

Elea NYC

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Mekong

917 Columbus Avenue (corner of 105th Street)

Mekong recently opened in the space which was formerly occupied by Tum & Yum. While it appears that the same owners are behind it, Mekong offers both Thai and Vietnamese cuisines (Tum & Yum only served Thai food).

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Oath Pizza

2169 Broadway (between 76th and 77th Streets)

Oath Pizza’s grand opening was on September 27th. This pizza chain has most of their locations in Boston and surrounding suburbs. Their website mentions sustainability and ethical sourcing among their core values.  They offer some interesting seasonal and signature specials.

Oath Pizza

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Blue Bottle Coffee 

279 Amsterdam Avenue (between 73rd and 74th Streets)

This coffee chain opened in late September. They have a ton of other locations in NYC.  Their angle is freshness, and always check each brew to calculate the peak time for its best taste.

Blue Bottle Coffee

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Friedmans

130 West 72nd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

With a popular location by Columbia University, Friedmans opened their second Upper West Side restaurant and sixth in the city this September. Their menu focuses on gluten free foods.

Friedmans Restaurant

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Bluebird at the Time Warner Center 

10 Columbus Circle (at 60th Street)

Adding to the massive list of new restaurants on the Upper West Side is a restaurant that is massive itself.  The Columbus Circle food spot measure over 10,000 square feet. Plus it has views of Central Park!  Bluebird is a famous restaurant in London, known for classic British foods and a beautiful atmosphere. They opened their Time Warner Center location in mid-September.

Bluebird at the Time Warner Center

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Tea Magic

239 West 72nd Street (between West End and Broadway)

Tea Magic has another location in Morningside Heights. They specialize in Asian teas. The previous tenant a this location was Cafe Bee.

tea magic milk tea

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The Flying Fisherman

269 Columbus Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd Streets)

This new seafood restaurant replaces AG Kitchen, which was also from The Restaurant Group. They have a lot of cool cocktails, plus an attached take out restaurant called Fish on the Fly.

 

The Flying Fisherman

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West Side Wok

691 Amsterdam Avenue (between 93rd and 94th Streets)

This Kosher Asian restaurant had their soft opening on September 5th at 2pm. They replaced Gan Asia, which also served Kosher Asian food.

West Side Wok

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Sala Thai

307 Amsterdam Avenue (between 74th and 75th Streets)

This Thai restaurant opened in August in the former home of Chinese restaurant Lilly’s 74 (and Grand Sichuan 74 before that). They have some interesting looking dishes and a beautiful interior!

Sala Thai

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Gong Cha

2810 Broadway (between 108th and 109th Streets)

This bubble tea spot is part of a worldwide chain with over 1500 locations. They opened this location, on 109th and Broadway, in August.

Gong Cha Bubble Tea

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Gazala’s 

447 Amsterdam Avenue (between 81st and 82nd Streets)

This Middle Eastern restaurant was supposed to be opening in the spring of 2018, but they ended up opening in mid August. They used to have a location at 78th and Columbus Ave which was a regular spot for many Upper West Siders.

Gazalas

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Vin Sur Vingt on Riverside Boulevard

100 Riverside Boulevard (between 64th and 65th Streets)

With another Upper West Side location, this wine bar opened in late July of 2018. They have a generous wine list and plenty of meats and cheeses.

Vin Sur Vingt

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Bluestone Lane

417 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 80th)

This Australian coffee chain opened on August 1st, 2018.  The former occupant was Pretto, an Italian place.

Bluestone Lane

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The Owl’s Tail 

215 West 75th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

A social eatery and cocktail parlor, run by a husband and wife team. Expect seasonal cocktails with house made bitters and syrups, fresh fruits and vegetables and local herbs. They opened in late July of 2018.

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Brodo Broth Company

2144 Broadway (between 75th and 76th Streets)

This wholesome soup spot opened on July 27th of 2018.

Brodo Broth Company

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Yu Kitchen

2656 Broadway (at 101st Street)

This Chinese place seems to be from the same owner as the previous occupant of the space, Lava Kitchen. Yu specializes in Northwestern Chinese cuisine. They opened in July of 2018.

Yu Kitchen Upper West Side

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Dun Huang

1268 Amsterdam (between 122nd and 123rd Streets)

This Northwestern Chinese restaurant specializes in hand-pulled noodles, featuring a very popular beef noodle soup. They had their soft opening on July 4th of 2018.

Dun Huang Beef Noodle Soup

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Dig Inn on the Upper West Side 

100 West 67th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus)

This is a quickly growing chain serving American farm-sourced food in a fast-casual environment. It will add to the trend of healthy restaurants on the Upper West Side. The new Dig Inn is opened on July 7th, 2018.

Dig Inn UWS

Healthy and wholesome, farm to counter from Dig Inn.

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Ikinari Steak UWS

2233 Broadway (between 79th and 80th Streets)

This Japanese steakhouse has opened up shop where BRGR was previously located.  Expect huge and yummy cuts of steak for very affordable prices!

Ikinari Steak UWS

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Sliced by Harlem Pizza Co.

1215 Amsterdam Avenue (between 119th and 120th Streets)

This pizza place opened in May of 2018. Reviews are positive so far. Some of their pies include a “Porchini Truffle Pie” with mixed roasted mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, truffle porchini sauce, as well as a “Piccata Pie” with garlic lemon chicken, spinach, mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Sliced by Harlem Pizza Co

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream 

448 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st and 82nd Streets)

The Brooklyn-based artisan ice cream shop opened in the spring of 2018. They offer both classic ice creams and vegan alternatives. People have been losing their minds over this place!

Van Leeuwen

Try the Honeycomb!

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Infamous Chicken

1012 Amsterdam (between 109th and 110th Streets)

The new restaurant from Chef Zivko Radojcic – who also owns Marlow Bistro and Cibo E Vino – opened in May of 2018. The restaurant describes their menu as “tapas rotisserie”.

Infamous Chicken

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The New Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side 

670 Columbus Ave (between 92nd and 93rd Streets)

The grand opening of the Trader Joe’s on 93rd and Columbus was May 4th! It’s pretty much what you would expect.

Trader Joes 670 Columbus Avenue

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Pokebab 

2047 Broadway (between 70th and 71st Streets)

This poke bowl restaurant opened in May of 2018. Maoz Vegetarian was the previous occupant. I like this place a lot as it’s healthy and packs a serious punch of flavor.

Pokebab UWS

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Dive 106 

938 Amsterdam Ave (between 106th and 107th Streets)

This fourth bar owned and operated by Lee Seinfeld (who owns Dive 75, Dive Bar, and Broadway Dive) opened in April of 2018.

Dive 106

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Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. 

513 Amsterdam Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)

Jacob Hadigeorgis, already with two popular restaurants on the Upper West Side (Jacob’s Pickles and Maison Pickle), opened this small spot on April 24th of 2018. The restaurant comes with touch-screen ordering and has counter seating. The big hit at this place has been the soft-serve pickle flavored ice cream. The dumplings and other entrees have been getting mixed reviews.

Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co

The very buttery shrimp dumplings.

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Lilly’s Cocktail and Wine Bar 

50 West 72nd Street (between Columbus and Central Park West)

This bar opened in April of 2018. Riposo 72 used to be here. The bar is pretty laid back with decent prices and a casual atmosphere. The beer list is limited but they’ve got some of my favorite brews, including Founders All Day IPA and Cigar City Jai Alai.

Lillys Cocktail and Wine Bar

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Make My Cake 

775 Columbus Ave (between 97th and 98th Streets)

They opened in April of 2018. Delicious cakes, pies and cookies.

Make My Cake

red velvet cake.

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Grain House 

929 Amsterdam (between 105th and 106th Streets)

This Sichuan restaurant opened in March of 2018. They also have locations in Queens and Long Island.

Grain House UWS

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Sole Bistro Italiano 

2014 Broadway (between 68th and 69th Streets)

This Italian restaurant opened in March of 2018. The previous occupant was Luce, also an Italian place.

Sole Bistro Italiano

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Oxbow Tavern 

240 Columbus Ave (between 71st and 72nd Streets)

Chef Tom Valenti (formerly at Ouest) opened up this American restaurant in March of 2018. The space was previously occupied by Cafe Talullah.

Oxbow Tavern

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Darket Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar 

152-154 West 72nd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Dark Bullet has an extensive list of sakes and Japanese whiskeys, oysters and other seafoods, and a pool table.

Darket Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar

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Boru Boru 

774 Amsterdam (corner of 98th Street)

Japanese Kosher and vegetarian restaurant, with a focus on wholesome and healthy dishes. Opened on February 11th, 2018.

Boru Boru

Bibimbap, a classic Korean meal. Rice is topped with seasoned vegetables, meat and an egg on top.

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Viand Diner & Bar 

517 Columbus Avenue (between 84th and 85th Streets)

The owners of the original Viand Cafe on 75th and Broadway (one of the longer-standing restaurants on the Upper West Side), opened their second restaurant in January of 2018.

Viand Diner & Bar

steak frites

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Radio Amsterdam 

407 Amsterdam (between 79th and 80th Streets)

Radio Amsterdam opened in January of 2018. Taking the place of former long-time occupant Bourbon Street. It’s a pretty quiet bar; one reason I like it is because it rarely (if ever) gets crowded). Plus they play cool music (mostly 80s and 90s rock, from the times I’ve been there). They don’t serve food, but they’ll let you order delivery.

Radio Amsterdam

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Restaurants on the Upper West Side Opening Soon

Le Gourmand

104 West 70th Street (between Broadway and Columbus)

This gluten-free and organic bakery is scheduled to open on November 18th. It will replace Pain d’ Epices.

Le Gourmand

 

Mighty Bowl

321 Amsterdam Ave (between 74th and 75th Streets)

This is a New York City chain serving bowls inspired by various Asian cuisines. Lots of unique ingredients and spices should be expected.

Mighty Bowl

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Black Press Coffee

274 Columbus Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd Streets)

This coffee and pastry place will open up its second location at the address above. The previous occupant was Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery.

Black Press Coffee

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Don Pedro’s

505 Columbus Avenue (between 84th and 85th Streets)

It was just announced that Don Pedro’s will be setting up shop at Kefi’s old location, some time next year. Don Pedro’s is a Latin and Carribbean restaurant; they used to have a location on the Upper East Side.

Don Pedros Steak

 

Boka

410 Amsterdam Avenue (between 80th and 81st Streets)

Boka is a Korean fried chicken restaurant with another location in the East Village. They’re also known for flavored soju, which is a liquor typically served neat, as well as various Korean classics.

Boka

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Miznon

320 Columbus Avenue (75th Street)

This Mediterranean restaurant comes from Israeli chef Eyal Shani. Much of the menu includes pitas with unique and delicious looking ingredients.

Miznon

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Gyu Kaku

620 Amsterdam Ave (between 90th and 91st Streets)

This giant Japanese BBQ chain will open an UWS restaurant in the former home of Saigon. Things to look forward to include personal grills at every table, lots of beef, and a really generous happy hour (I’m talking cocktails starting at $4!).

Gyu Kaku Upper West Side

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Tacombi

377 Amsterdam Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets)

The long-empty storefront which used to house Sugar and Plumm is finally getting a replacement, in the form of tacos. Tacombi has six other locations in New York, and is popular for the fried fish tacos, fresh juices, cocktails, and upbeat ambiance.

Tacombi

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FUMO

2791 Broadway (between 107th and 108th Streets)

This Italian restaurant is expected to open their second location soon, at the space previously occupied by Mezzogiorno. FUMO has another location in Harlem.

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Le Petit Rooster

491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Streets)

Originally expected to open in October, Le Petit Rooster will be a bistro and wine bar with rotisserie items.  The previous occupant was Gastronomie 491.

 

Tiki Chick

517 Amsterdam Avenue (between 84th and 85th Streets)

Expected to open in November, Tiki Chick will be yet another new spot by Jacob Hadjigeorgis (owner of Jacob’s Pickles, Maison Pickle and Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co.

Expected offerings include small plates, a fried chicken sandwich and drinks.

 

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Chalait

461 Amsterdam Avenue (82nd to 83rd Streets)

This Matcha Cafe serves its own brand of Japanese matcha in addition to espresso, sandwiches and sweet bites.

Chalait UWS

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Jack’s Stir Brew

370 Columbus Ave (between 77th and 78th Streets)

This vegan coffee maker was originally scheduled to open some time during the summer of 2018, but obviously that didn’t happen.  Hopefully soon!

Jacks Stir Brew UWS

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8th Hill

359 Columbus Avenue (corner of 77th)

This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will be opening at the former headquarters of long-time UWS restaurant Isabella’s. According to their website, they’ll be opening on December 8th.

8th Hill

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Sushi Inoue 

35 West 64th Street (between Central Park West and Broadway)

This popular sushi restaurant will open in the former home of Picholine.  The space will be huge, with 3800 square feet spread across two floors.  Sushi Inoue also has a location in Harlem.

Sushi Inoue

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Akimoto Sushi 

146 West 72nd Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway)

The owners of Burrito Mariachi will soon be opening this sushi joint next door. There’s another Akimoto Sushi downtown at 187 Church Street.

Akimoto Sushi

Via Yelp

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Nobody Told Me 

951 Amsterdam (between 106th and 107th Streets)

This Manhattan Valley cocktail bar is currently in construction. They’ll have a food menu and some pretty jazzy looking drinks.

Nobody Told Me NYC

Two cocktails from their exhibition at Taste of the Upper West Side

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Twin Palms

200 West 84th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Tim Harris, who also owns Australian restaurant Burke Wills and speakeasy style bar Manhattan Cricket Club, plans to open his third Upper West Side restaurant in the space which was formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Spiga.

 

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The Morton Williams in Lincoln Square 

One West End (between 59th and 60th Streets)

The supermarket was originally expected to open by the summer of 2018. It will have a larger Kosher section, a bar and outdoor seating. The store will be part of the retail component of the new development called Waterline Square.

Morton Williams in Lincoln Square

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New Amsterdam Burger and Bar

680 Columbus Ave (between 93rd and 94th Streets)

More info coming soon!

 

Damiana

153 Amsterdam Avenue (between 66th and 67th Streets

Lead by chef Julian Medina, this upcoming West 60s restaurant will accommodate 65 people. The menu is supposed to have lots of tequilas.

 

Leyla

108 West 74th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam)

Leyla will be a Turkish restaurant on a residential block (this upcoming eatery is causing a bit of controversy over potential noise ..).

 

Frankie and Matt’s Hamburgers

508 Columbus Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)

More info coming!

 

Billy’s Bakery

410 Columbus Ave (at 80th Street)

With three other locations in NYC, this popular bake shop is scheduled to open on the UWS soon. Billy’s is popular for their red velvet and icebox cakes.

Billys Bakery UWS

Mini cookie sandwiches!

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