The Upper West Side (UWS) is one of Manhattan’s loveliest boroughs and currently my home address. It’s nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River and has historically been home to artists. Looking at the architecture that dominates the skyline, it’s easy to see their artistic influence – the building facades are gorgeous. The UWS is primarily considered a residential area, but it also has fantastic shopping, really good restaurants and is beginning to spawn a bar scene. Hooray! It’s a great place to live and a good neighborhood to make as your home base if you are just coming to visit.

My dear friend Diane and her family are coming for a few days over the holidays and, since I won’t be here, I wanted to provide them a list of possible restaurants. Hopefully they won’t feel quite as overwhelmed when considering their dining choices on the UWS. If there are any you like that I have missed, please let me know!

See You in the City!

Tried and good:

1. Alice’s Tea Cup http://alicesteacup.com 102 West 73rd
– Lovely little cafe serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and tea. Open until 8pm
2. Kefi (Greek) http://kefirestaurant.com/ 505 Columbus Ave
– Greek tapas and main dishes. Delicious and not terribly expensive. Really good atmosphere.
3. Cotta Osteria http://cottanyc.com/ 513 Columbus Ave
– Italian. Great interior, inexpensive and good food. Music is loud, though.
4. Land Thai Restaurant http://www.landthaikitchen.com/ 450 Amsterdam Ave
– Delicious, smaller portions, inexpensive.
5. Cafe Luxembourg http://www.cafeluxembourg.com/ 200 West 70th Street
– An UWS landmark with really good food. Expensive.

6. Jalapeno http://www.jalapenonyc.com/ 185 Columbus Ave

– Mexican. Good food, nice atmosphere, inexpensive.

7. Patsy’s Pizzeria http://www.patsyspizzeriany.com/  61 West 74th St.

– Pizza place, well-known, well-priced. We’ve taken friends here for lunch when we need something easy and reliable.

8. Bistro Cassis 225 Columbus Avenue

– Delicious French food. Pricey. Good atmosphere.

9. Hummus Place http://www.hummusplace.com/ 305 Amsterdam Avenue

– Yum! Inexpensive and good. 

10. Arte Cafe 73rd Street http://www.artecafenyc.com/ (next to Alice’s)

– Good Italian and not terribly expensive. 

11. Sol y Sombra www.solysombranyc.com/ 462 Amsterdam 

– Spanish tapas. Good, not too expensive.

12. Fred’s  www.fredsnyc.com 476 Amersterdam

– Brunch, good, pictures of dog’s are all over the walls. 

13. SoomSoom 166 W. 72nd

– Falafel Place. Good for lunch.

14. Rigoletto Pizza 208 Columbus Ave

– Pizza by the slice (not like Adam’s Morgan, slices in a good way). Good for lunch. 

15. Grolla Pizza 403 Amsterdam Avenue

– My favorite pizza by the slice! Limited seating.
16. Cafe Viand http://web.mac.com/erickk/Viand_Cafe/Welcome_.html  2130 Broadway

– Good, clean, reliable diner.
Heard good things:
1.Vai Restaurant & Wine Bar (Mediterranean) 429 Amsterdam Ave
2. Telepan http://telepan-ny.com/welcome-to-telepan 72 West 69th Street
3. Ouest http://www.ouestny.com/ 2315 Broadway
4. Sarabeth’s West www.sarabethswest.com 423 Amsterdam
5. Cafe Ronda www.caferonda.com 249 Columbus
6. Good Enough To Eat  http://www.goodenoughtoeat.com/ 483 Amsterdam
7. Momofuko Milk Bar http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/milk-bar/ 561 Columbus

8. The Fatty Crab http://www.fattycrab.com/locations/ 2170 Broadway

Bars and Wine Bars

1. Dive 75 (It’s a dive bar and its great) 101 W 75th Street
2. the Tangled Vine (Good happy hour and big menu) 434 Amsterdam Ave
3. Cava Wine Bar (great atmosphere, dark and intimate) 185 West 80th
4. George Keeley’s 485 Amsterdam Ave
5. Amsterdam Ale House (Standard bar, but really expansive beer selection) 340 Amsterdam Ave

Stay Away From:  Columbus Tavern and Arte Around the Corner