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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Levain Bakery on the UWS makes some of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. You just have to wait for them.
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This West Village Italian spot is starting to feel just a tad dated - but the food is as good as ever. Try it for a special dinner, and order pasta.
Legacy Records is a big restaurant in Hudson Yards from the team behind Pasquale Jones and Charlie Bird. It’s pricey, but worth it.
Fiaschetteria Pistoia is an East Village restaurant from some Italians who have another restaurant in Tuscany. It’s all about the handmade pasta.
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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.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
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.
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