If you’re looking for some pasta, a kale salad, and possibly a piece of salmon on the Upper West Side, Tessa is a pretty good option. It isn’t anything revolutionary, but this Mediterranean spot on Amsterdam makes a solid bowl of rabbit cavatelli (as well as a bunch of other pastas), and the space is nice enough for a date night or a semi-important dinner. There’s also a bar up front where you can eat while you watch sports on TV. Dinner can get a little pricey, but this isn’t an every-night kind of place. Stop by when you need to get dinner with a family friend who just saw something at Lincoln Center.
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The best modern dim sum restaurant in town now has a second location on the Upper West Side.
We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
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.
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Il Buco is still one of the most special restaurants we’ve got in NYC, and we’d like to remind you of that.
Walking by Bella Blu, you might assume it’s just like every other mediocre, stuffy restaurant in the Upper East Side. Stuffy, it most certainly is. But it’s actually far from mediocre – as long as you order correctly.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
The Smith Lincoln Center
That's right, another Infatuation review for yet another location of The Smith. Why? Because The Smith is always there when you need it to be. Sometimes for the food. Sometimes for the bathroom. Either way, it's there, and it's good.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
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