Leyla is a Turkish spot in the bottom of a townhouse on 74th Street, and it very much feels like the kind of nice neighborhood place where people stay out later than they normally do on the Upper West Side. Up front there’s a small bar that works if you want to stop by for a drink or a solo dinner (the cocktails are pretty good) and then a narrow dining room that goes back inexplicably far. The menu is split up in pide (Turkish flatbreads), mezze and hot appetizers, and main courses that all fall within the $25 range. Whichever main you go with, try a pide as well - each come with a ton of cheese in a little boat shape.
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Made In New York Pizza
Made In New York is one of our favorite slice spots on the Upper West Side. Get a square slice with pepperoni, and grab a handful of napkins.
Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
Jin Ramen is a little Japanese restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can get a good bowl of ramen.
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Ultimately, we are sure that Boulud Sud is some kind of Mediterranean culinary stroke of genius, just like the critics say that it is. But this is the kind of restaurant best suited for people who still keep an actual Zagat guide in their house.
Barbounia is definitely not our jam. It’s way too expensive for what they’re serving, and the grandiose and gaudy decor makes it feel like some sort of vaguely Mediterranean performance hall. Like at any moment one of the bus boys might start juggling.
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Marlow Bistro is an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side that feels like the setting of a first date scene from a 90s romantic comedy.
Crave Fishbar’s second location on the UWS is larger than the original UES spot and works for nearly every situation.
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