The Master Guide to Restaurants on the Upper West Side

The Master Guide to Restaurants on the Upper West Side

There are constantly new bars and restaurants on the Upper West Side, and we do our very best to stay on top of them! Below you’ll find our ongoing list of new Upper West Side restaurants, bars, bakeries and any other place that serves or sells food or alcohol. We’re always updating this page as new restaurants on the Upper West Side open … so make sure to bookmark it!

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Best Restaurants on the Upper West Side!

Jacob’s Pickles restaurants upper west side manhattan

509 Amsterdam Ave

For lovers of all things fried and pickled, Jacob’s Pickles is your place. Equally delicious and artery clogging, this 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.

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Jacob’s famous chicken + pancakes

 

Cafe Luxembourg restaurants west 70s

200 West 70th Street

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 cafe was featured in When Harry Met Sally!

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Smoked Salmon Benedict – c/o of @ernotauriainen

 

Nice Matin restaurants west 70s

201 West 79th Street

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.

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spicy lamb sausage scramble – by @thejordansdiary

 

Sarabeth’s West restaurants west 80s

423 Amsterdam Ave

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.

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, via Yelp

 

Barney Greengrass restaurants west 80s

541 Amsterdam Ave

The classic Jewish deli 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.

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Everything bagel with lox – by @travelbound2cu

 

Piccolo Cafe best restaurants on the upper west side nyc

313 Amsterdam Ave

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.

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poached eggs and Maine lobster in a flaky croissant

 

Han Dynasty best restaurants on the upper west side manhattan

215 West 85th Street

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.

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Dan Dan Noodles

 

Red Farm west 70s best restaurants

2170 Broadway

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.

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Pac Man shrimp dumplings

 

The Mermaid Inn west 80s best restaurants

570 Amsterdam Avenue

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!

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The lobster roll

 

Sushi Kaito restaurants 10023

244 West 72nd Street

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 spot has quickly become considered one of the best Upper West Side sushi places.

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Levain Bakery restaurants 10023

167 West 74th Street and 351 Amsterdam Ave

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.

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Good Enough To Eat restaurants 10024

520 Columbus Avenue

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.

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biscuits and strawberry butter

 

The Milling Room restaurants 10024

446 Columbus Avenue

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.

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Yep, the interior is insane.

 

Playa Betty’s restaurants 10024

320 Amsterdam Ave

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.

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the “Rad Wings”

 

Peacefood Cafe restaurants 10024

460 Amsterdam Ave

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.

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chickpea fries

 

Calle Ocho best restaurants west 80s

45 West 81st Street

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.

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

 

Jean Georges restaurants columbus circle

1 Central Park West

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.

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

 

Candle Cafe West restaurants upper west side manhattan

2427 Broadway

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.

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banana chocolate cake

 

The Ribbon restaurants upper west side manhattan

20 West 72nd Street

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.

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

 

Emack and Bolio’s Ice Cream restaurants upper west side manhattan

389 Amsterdam Avenue

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.

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

 

Absolute Bagels restaurants upper west side manhattan

2788 Broadway

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.

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

 

White Gold Butchers new upper west side restaurants

375 Amsterdam Avenue

Brought to us by April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, this whole animal butcher shop also has a bustling sit down restaurant which gets pretty crowded on weekends.

Their butcher menu has tons of beef and pork cuts, lamb, duck and turkey. And pig ear for only $3 per pound!

They also have a very popular kimchi hot dog on their lunch menu! And if you’re feeling daring, try their pig head with chilis and fried egg. Their chopped cheese sandwich is also popular.

And, articles published by Grub Street say they have among the best hot dogs and egg sandwiches in NYC!

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pulled pork sandwich with fermented red cabbage, sauce and bread and butter pickles

 

Xi’An Famous Foods new upper west side restaurants

2675 Broadway

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.

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

 

Community Food & Juice new upper west side restaurants

2893 Broadway

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.

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the blueberry pancakes

 

Maison Pickle new upper west side restaurants

2315 Broadway

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!

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

 

Saravana Bhavan new upper west side restaurants

413 Amsterdam Avenue

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!

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Medhu Vada – c/o Yelp

 

Silvermoon Bakery restaurants upper west side nyc

2740 Broadway

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).

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Rhubarb Tart

 

Boulud Sud restaurants upper west side nyc

20 West 64th Street

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.

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Paella – by @Evansungnyc

 

Schatzie’s Prime Meats restaurants upper west side nyc

2665 Broadway

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.

 

Saiguette upper west side food

935 Columbus Ave

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 …

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

Recent Upper West Side Restaurant Openings:

Dig Inn on the Upper West Side upper west side restaurants

100 West 67th Street

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 opened on June 28th, 2018.

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Sliced by Harlem Pizza Co. morningside heights restaurants

1215 Amsterdam Avenue

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.

Some early reviews from their Yelp page:

Written on 6/18/2018: “A newly opened pizza place – everything is clean and neat. You can stay in or take out. The owner was serving us himself – very nice & empathetic person. Prices are democratic. And they don’t have debit card minimum (I really appreciate that). Going to visit this place frequently in the future.”

Written on 6/21/2018: “Great pizza, seems to also be LGBTQ friendly (flying rainbow flag), but is not so friendly to women. Huge painting of legs and butt from behind going up the stairs to the seating area. We were just making them part of our routine, but we won’t be ordering from them again. Too bad! Their sausage, onion, roasted garlic, etc. pizzas have been great.”

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream morningside heights restaurants

448 Amsterdam Ave

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!

Some early reviews from their Google page:

Written on 6/8/2018: “Great ice cream, they have a lot of vegan and non vegan flavors. They seem to be inconsistent on scoops though, sometimes they’re small and sometimes they’re big. Helpful staff though.”

Written on 6/21/18: “Inventive flavors, fresh waffle cones. Line is long.”

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Milk & Honey morningside heights restaurants

130 West 72nd Street

This Kosher breakfast and lunch take-out and catering restaurant opened in May of 2018.  The former tenant to occupy this space was 72nd Street Bagel.

No reviews for their UWS restaurant yet.  Here are some links for their Midtown location (at 22 West 45th Street):

Seamless  Yelp

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Infamous Chicken restaurants on the upper west side

1012 Amsterdam

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”.

Some early reviews from their Google page:

Written on 5/22/18: “What a great intimate space to have dinner. Perfect for date night or grabbing some comfort food. The menu is vast and filled with comfort food and other great dishes. The lighting and mood is perfect and a great place for the neighborhood. Just like their other restaurants, the focus is on the food but the decor and staff are just as good!”

Written on 6/16/18: “The brisket was amazing. Chicken and ribs were ok. Brownies we’re great too.”

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The New Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side restaurants on the upper west side

670 Columbus Ave

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

Some early reviews:

Written on Written on 6/21/18 on their Yelp page: “As soon as they opened a new location in this area, I instantly fell in love. God knows how much I like this Trader Joe’s! Produce is right in front of you as you walk in. Nuts are in the back to the left, dairy all the way to the left in the very back, and so is seafood and meat. All the rest is spread along 4/5 isles. Lines are never too long, and flow fast. Customer service is professional and not too cranky. I love you, Trader Joe’s, but I would love you more if you opened a location in Inwood… PLEASE!!”

Written on 5/22/18 on their Google page: “love the food, love the prices. the line lengths can get crazy but there are 33 registers so you end up moving through pretty quickly. still tends to clog up the rest of the store as you are shopping though since the line weaves throughout the whole floor. overall, an awesome place for grocery shopping!”

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Pokebab restaurants on the upper west side

2047 Broadway

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.

Some early reviews:

Written on 5/8/18 on their Yelp page: “So glad to see a poké restaurant in the Upper Westside! I can’t wait to stop by more now that it is so close by my workplace. They had a LOT of varieties of bases, protein, sauces, and toppings so you can never get bored with your bowls. Everything is so fresh and flavorful and overall a very satisfying experience! They let you choose up to 6 toppings for your bowl, which is a lot, compared to other poké restaurants I’ve been to around New York.”

Written on 6/1/18 on their Google page: “So excited there is finally a poke spot in the UWS! :). Excellent service and delicious toppings.”

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Dive 106 restaurants on the upper west side

938 Amsterdam Ave

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

Some early reviews:

Written on 5/22/18 on their Google page: “Super chill place with a great bar selection. Loved the giant pretzel!! The staff is super delightful as well! Has that great new bar smell!”

Written on 6/20/18 on their Yelp page: “This local chain group of “dive bars” are interesting in that they capture that down home spirit, are basically clean, (you won’t feel like you’ll get fleas), consciously decorates to where the place has an old bar charm but with mod cons like big screen TVs and a very good beer selection. 

This bar looks more cool at night.  During the day it looks a little basic, but the bar has very good drink specials. On a Monday night we had $5 tall boy shiner bock beers and $6 pony beer and shot specials. Staff was super friendly and wonderful. Good for groups as the place is fairly spacious.”

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Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. restaurants on the upper west side

513 Amsterdam Ave

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.

Some early reviews:

Written on 4/30/18 on Seamless: “I’m a big fan of both Maison Pickle and Jacobs Pickles so I was excited to see this new spot was on seamless. Food arrived within a half hour. I ordered the veggie dumplings and chicken noodles. They were good but left a lot to desire. I think I like the dumplings more at my local sushi spot. Would try ordering again.”

Written on 6/8/18 on Yelp: “Just average. Noodles were ok but nothing to write home about, and pork dumplings same. Best thing was matcha soft serve. Maybe had too high expectations because I love Jacobs pickles so much… Small portions but not pricey, around six or seven dollars each item.Would only go back to try pickle soft serve!”

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Lilly’s Cocktail and Wine Bar restaurants on the upper west side

50 West 72nd Street

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.

Some early reviews:

Written on 5/11/18 on their Yelp page: “The best Wine Bar on the Upper West Side! A great selection of wine, super cozy, and great ambiance. Tina, Kam, and Amber are great! Flatbreads are to die for. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. I definitely recommend this place!”

Written on 6/21/18 on their Google page: “Super friendly service and a cozy place to start your evening. We had cocktails and a flatbread (Italian sausage). Both were good, not amazing. But we really enjoyed sitting at the bar and relaxing during Happy Hour (until 7p).”

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Make My Cake restaurants on the upper west side

775 Columbus Ave

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

Some early reviews:

Written on 5/23/18 on their Google page: “Their red velvet cheesecake is to die for and their cupcakes are craveworthy. I don’t want to leave out the carrot cake which is also delicious. I was a loyal customer at their 116th location and know that Make My Cake is worth traveling since they’re my go-to for any special occasion cake or treat for myself. The new UWS location is beautiful and so worth the Uber to get to.”

Written on 4/22/18 on their Yelp page: “My new favorite bakery. A few yrs ago they were the only bakery to help me in creating a delicious cheesecake with an image of The Golden Girls on it for my boyfriend’s birthday without charging me an obscene price! So proud that they are black-owned, have amazing product and have great service!!”

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Grain House restaurants on the upper west side

929 Amsterdam

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

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Sole Bistro Italiano restaurants on the upper west side

2014 Broadway

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

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Oxbow Tavern restaurants on the upper west side

240 Columbus Ave

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

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Darket Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar restaurants upper west side

152-154 West 72nd Street

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

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Il Gatto Nero restaurants upper west side

2758 Broadway

This Italian restaurant opened on February 19th, 2018. It replaced Macchina (which was also Italian). They have some interesting pies, including dessert pizzas!

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Boru Boru restaurants upper west side

774 Amsterdam

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

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Viand Diner & Bar restaurants upper west side

517 Columbus Avenue

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.

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Radio Amsterdam restaurants upper west side

407 Amsterdam

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.

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Chickncone at Turnstyle restaurants upper west side

Turnstyle Underground Market (Columbus Circle Subway)

Opened in December of 2017. It’s fried chicken in a waffle cone! And they’ve become a food vendor at Columbus Circle’s Turnstyle.

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The Panda Express in Morningside Heights restaurants upper west side

2852 Broadway

Chinese fast-food, if you’ve never been to the suburbs. Opened in December of 2017.

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Mama’s Too restaurants upper west side

2750 Broadway

Italian comfort foods. Opened in December of 2017.

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Burrito Mariachi restaurants on the upper west side

146 West 72nd Street

Casual Mexican joint serving tacos, Mexican pizzas and quesadillas. Opened in December of 2017.

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Thai 72 restaurants on the upper west side

126 West 72nd Street

Opened in November of 2017, replacing Lime Leaf.

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Serafina restaurants on the upper west side

2737 Broadway

Serafina now has two restaurants on the Upper West Side. The Italian chain opened their second Upper West Side restaurant at 105th and Broadway in early November of 2017.

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Zen Taco restaurants on the upper west side

522 Columbus Avenue

This Latin and Asian fusion restaurant serves creative dishes and alcohol-infused popsicles! Opened in November of 2017.

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Lucciola restaurants on the upper west side

621 Amsterdam Avenue

This Italian restaurant, from the owners of Piccolo Cafe, opened in November of 2017.

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Tartina best upper west side restaurants

1034 Amsterdam Avenue

This authentic Italian spot opened in November of 2017. Every Sunday, they host one of the hippest jazz brunches in the city!

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Prelude Cafe best upper west side restaurants

Alice Tully Hall – 1941 Broadway

Nespresso’s Prelude Cafe opened in November of 2017. The restaurant has a beautifully lit and modern space and serves some interested cocktails infused with Nespresso.

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Big Bang Burger best upper west side restaurants

426 Amsterdam

Kosher burger joint, adding to the plentiful roster of Kosher restaurants on the Upper West Side. Opened in November of 2017.

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2 Dough Boyz at Turnstyle best upper west side restaurants

Turnstyle Underground Market (Columbus Circle Subway)

2 Dough Boyz opened their Columbus Circle location in October of 2017. Edible cookie dough with a 90s hip-hop theme!

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La Sirene best upper west side restaurants

416 Amsterdam

This French restaurant opened in October of 2017.

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Recolte Bakery best upper west side restaurants

300 Amsterdam Avenue

Opened in September of 2017. This bakery is located in the space Josie’s used to occupy. They have a large assortment of both sweet and savory European breads and pastries.

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Oath Pizza restaurants upper west side nyc

2169 Broadway

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.

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Ikinari Steak UWS restaurants upper west side nyc

2233 Broadway

This Japanese steakhouse will be opening soon where BRGR was previously located.  We’re hearing about huge and yummy cuts of steak for very affordable prices! So let’s hope they open up soon.

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Bluestone Lane restaurants upper west side nyc

415 Amsterdam Avenue

This Australian coffee chain is scheduled to open in July of 2018.  The former occupant was Pretto, an Italian place.

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Jack’s Stir Brew restaurants upper west side nyc

This vegan coffee maker is scheduled to open some time during the summer of 2018. We don’t have an exact date or location yet, but read more about the company in the link above!

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Brodo Broth Company restaurants upper west side nyc

2144 Broadway

This wholesome soup spot is scheduled to open in June of 2018.

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8th Hill best restaurants upper west side 2018

359 Columbus Avenue

This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will be opening in September of 2018 at the former headquarters of long-time UWS restaurant Isabella’s.

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Bluebird at the Time Warner Center best restaurants upper west side 2018

10 Columbus Circle

Adding to the massive list of soon-to-be-open restaurants on the Upper West Side is a restaurant that is massive itself.  The upcoming Columbus Circle food spot will measure over 10,000 square feet. Plus it will have views of Central Park!  Bluebird is a famous restaurant in London, known for classic British foods and a beautiful atmosphere.

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Sushi Inoue best restaurants upper west side 2018

35 West 64th Street

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.

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Gazala’s upper west side restaurants best

447 Amsterdam Avenue

This Middle Eastern restaurant was supposed to be opening in the spring. It’s now summer, so let’s sit and wait. They used to have a location at 78th and Columbus Ave which was a regular spot for many Upper West Siders.

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Akimoto Sushi upper west side restaurants best

146 West 72nd Street

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

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The Owls Tail upper west side restaurants best

215 West 75th Street

Described on their website as an upcoming 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’re supposed to be opening in the early summer of 2018.

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Nobody Told Me restaurants 10025

951 Amsterdam

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

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Twin Palms

200 West 84th Street

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.

 

Elea

213 West 85th Street

Joe Ragonese, who was the chef at the now closed Long Island restaurant Kenta, will be opening this Greek restaurant soon.

 

Momofuku Noodle Bar at the Time Warner Center restaurants 10025

10 Columbus Circle

We are hoping David Chang’s Columbus Circle location opens up soon! The space is going to be huge and they’ll be offering a menu that will be different from their original location in the East Village. One of the most anticipated upcoming Upper West Side restaurants.

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The Morton Williams in Lincoln Square upper west side restaurants

One West End

The supermarket is 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.

 

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Mike Mishkin

Blogger & Native Upper West Sider
Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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