The Master Guide to Restaurants on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on September 13th, 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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Best Restaurants on the Upper West Side!

Jacob’s Pickles

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.

Jacobs Pickles

Jacob’s famous chicken + pancakes

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Cafe Luxembourg

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!

Cafe Luxembourg

Smoked Salmon Benedict – c/o of @ernotauriainen

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Nice Matin

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.

nice matin

spicy lamb sausage scramble – by @thejordansdiary

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Sarabeth’s West

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.

Sarabeths West

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, via Yelp

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Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam Ave

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sushi Kaito

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Levain Bakery

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.

Levain Bakery cookies

all of the cookies, stacked up in their glory.

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Good Enough To Eat

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.

Good Enough To Eat

biscuits and strawberry butter

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The Milling Room

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.

The Milling Room Upper West Side

Yep, the interior is insane.

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Playa Betty’s

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.

Playa Bettys Wings

the “Rad Wings”

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Peacefood Cafe

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.

Peacefood Cafe chickpea fries

chickpea fries

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Calle Ocho

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.

Calle Ocho sangria

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

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Jean Georges

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Upper West Side Restaurants Opened in 2018:

Tea Magic

239 West 72nd Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brodo Broth Company

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Yu Kitchen

2656 Broadway (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

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

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

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

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.”

Sliced by Harlem Pizza Co

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream 

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.”

Van Leeuwen

Try the Honeycomb!

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Infamous Chicken

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.”

Infamous Chicken

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The New Trader Joe’s 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!”

Trader Joes 670 Columbus Avenue

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Pokebab 

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.”

Pokebab UWS

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Dive 106 

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.”

Dive 106

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Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. 

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!”

Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co

The very buttery shrimp dumplings.

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Lilly’s Cocktail and Wine Bar 

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).”

Lillys Cocktail and Wine Bar

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Make My Cake 

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!!”

Make My Cake

red velvet cake.

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Grain House 

929 Amsterdam

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

Some early reviews:

Written on 3/28/18 on Foursquare: “Great sichuan food that’s cheaper than (yet comparable in quantity to) the other spots in the area! Try the double cooked porkfish filet in chili oil, and eggplant in garlic sauce”

Written on 4/6/18 on Yelp: “Food tastes good but a bit too oily. Arrangements of the tables and seats are super weird. 1/3 is the space is unused and no indoor waiting area at all. Also felt they didn’t clean the tables and plates/bowls well”

Grain House UWS

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Sole Bistro Italiano 

2014 Broadway

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

Some early reviews:

Written on 6/22/18 on Open Table: “We used to come to this establishment under the previous management, but I have to say the food is better now that they hired a new chef. It’s main allure is that it is a classy spot to eat before attending events at Lincoln Center.”

Written on 5/20/18 on Yelp: “Ambience is very nice, with plenty of open seats. Food is good, but overpriced per weight and per quality. Portions are small and you end up ordering many items to feel satiated. That’s the reality of an expensive Realestate. It should be labeled $$$. Service has much to improve, from a greeter to the waiter.”

Sole Bistro Italiano

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Oxbow Tavern 

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.

Some early reviews:

Written on 6/21/18 on Google: “Upscale wine bar/ tavern. A romantic setting with decor that feels of a Parisien haunt. Aged looking, white tin ceilings, Eiffel Tower like metal work, spotted mirror walls… there is a Happy Hour daily (see pic). Also, brunch Saturday and Sundays 11am-2pm with a bottomless mimosa/bellini drink option (see pic). Great food. Great wine selection. Well staffed service. Prices par. Portions par. Great place for couples or a date!”

Written on 4/15/18 on Yelp: “The drinks are very good.  The food was also good (the burger and the mushroom flatbread). The reason this doesn’t get more stars is that we were handed the check along with our cappucino.  Felt like we were being given the bum’s rush!  It was a very quick meal.”

Oxbow Tavern

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Darket Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar 

152-154 West 72nd Street

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

Some early reviews:

Written on 6/19/18 on Google: “Stopped in for a drink and lunch with some friends. Great atmosphere and service. Food was fantastic and beyond expectations. Sapporo was serviced in a frosted mug which kept the beer cold the whole time. Definitely a nice little surprise. Next time I’ll have to sample the sake and oysters.”

Written on 4/26/18 on Yelp: “Quaint, happy people, happy staff, good beer. It’s open late, it has oysters, and good vibes. Must visit if you’re in the UWS.”

Darket Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar

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Il Gatto Nero 

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!

Some early reviews:

Written on 6/15/18 on Yelp: “food took forever. getting the check took forever. getting the check back took forever. waitress didn’t know anything. food was mediocre. save yourself $40.”

Written on 2/26/18 on Google: “I tried the Cacio E Pepe (with added grilled chicken) and the pumpkin ravioli. A++ on both. My friend had the chicken dish, which I tried. Everything was delicious. They also seem to have a fantastic wine list, which I have not partook in yet. A nice taste of genuine Italian food right in the Upper West Side!”

Il Gatto Nero

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Boru Boru 

774 Amsterdam

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

Some early reviews:

Written on 4/29/18 on Yelp: “Solid dining experience with friendly, attentive staff and prompt food service. Szechwan dumplings were delicious. Crispy chicken starter was also good, however, the mayo could’ve been different – maybe add a dipping sauce with more kick or flavour? Certainly not a criticism! Net-net this place is truly a unique destination on the kosher scene. I look forward to returning soon.”

Written on 4/26/18 on Google: “Very unique. We loved some of it, and other dishes were not quite our taste. The fries were great however should have tried the buns. The beef dumplings were unique although the portion was small (4) for the price (12). The Tokyo ramen was amazing. Every part off it was complex with flavor and delicious. The recommended could squash Raman was ok but but as good as the Tokyo. The service was outstanding. This is a once if a kind kosher establishment.”

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

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.

Some early reviews:

Written on 6/17/18 on Yelp: “The new Viand location is a nice addition to the UWS, and even better than the one over on 74th/Bdwy. Quite possibly my favorite veggie burger anywhere. Otherwise, good, standard diner fare. Service was on point as well.”

Written on 6/19/18 on Google: “Good diner food at premium prices. One of the few places that still Serv dark meat turkey. Breakfast served all day. Slightly more Gourmet than your average New York diner. Very good coffee. Nice pastries and excellent bread for sandwiches. Worth the extra money. Good service friendly mngmnt.”

Viand Diner & Bar

steak frites

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Radio Amsterdam 

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.

Some early reviews:

Written on 4/29/18 on Yelp: “I love Radio Amsterdam! They have the *BEST* Happy Hour around (seriously, check it out), and a great jukebox selection. Kyle and Alyssa are fabulous bartenders who facilitated a lovely, friendly, and fun vibe amongst patrons. Check it out!”

Written on 5/26/18 on Google: “This place is perfect. Excellent happy hour. Comfortable and spacious bar. Always excellent music. I couldn’t think of a better afterwork or weekend drop off.”

Radio Amsterdam

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Restaurants on the Upper West Side Opening Soon

Chalait

461 Amsterdam Avenue

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

Chalait

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Leonti

103 West 77th Street

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’re coming back this fall as Leonti, which will be head by chef Adam Leonti. Expect mostly Italian fare.

Adam Leonti

Chef Adam Leonti

 

Friedmans

130 West 72nd Street

With a popular location by Columbia University, Friedmans will be opening their second in the neighborhood and sixth in the city. Their menu focuses on gluten free foods.

Friedmans Restaurant

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Oath Pizza

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.

Oath Pizza

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Jack’s Stir Brew

370 Columbus Ave

This vegan coffee maker is scheduled to open some time during the summer of 2018.

Jacks Stir Brew

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8th Hill

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.

8th Hill

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Bluebird at the Time Warner Center 

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.

Bluebird at the Time Warner Center

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Sushi Inoue 

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.

Sushi Inoue

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Akimoto Sushi 

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.

Akimoto Sushi

Via Yelp

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Nobody Told Me 

951 Amsterdam

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

Nobody Told Me

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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 

10 Columbus Circle

We are hoping David Chang’s Columbus Circle restaurant 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.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

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The Morton Williams in Lincoln Square 

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.

Morton Williams in Lincoln Square

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New Amsterdam Burger and Bar

680 Columbus Ave

More info coming soon!

 

Damiana

153 Amsterdam Avenue

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

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

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 in the fall. Billy’s is popular for their red velvet and icebox cakes.

billy's bakery

icebox cake

 

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Mike Mishkin

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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