Nestled between beautiful Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side is one of the great cultural hubs of New York City. This elegant Manhattan neighborhood — home to many beloved sites including Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History — is a must-visit destination for both travelers and residents. Here are 5 Upper West Side spots that’ll keep you happily well fed:
A small and unassuming gem, this location of Parm is an offshoot of the restaurant’s original home on Mulberry Street. Italian-American classics such as chicken parm, the restaurant’s namesake Italian staple, are served up in this retro diner-inspired space. Small plates and platters are also available, along with a refined cocktail program.
Chef Bill Telepan’s eponymous restaurant is a Greenmarket-focused New American eatery. The restaurant was an early trailblazer of the popular farm-to-table culinary concept, and the menu showcases fresh, seasonal ingredients and local seafood. Despite its sophisticated brownstone setting, the restaurant’s dining room is understated and unpretentious, while still retaining the elegance of its surroundings.
Across from Lincoln Center, Boulud Sud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s refined and vibrant Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. The daily menu features fresh vegetables and global flavors, and a weekend brunch menu is also on offer as is a selection of tapas at the spacious bar and lounge. Classic and house cocktails, along with wines and digestifs, are available at the floor-to-ceiling windowed space, which is adjacent to both Bar Boulud and Épicerie Boulud.
Bar Boulud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s casual Upper West Side bistro, serves seasonal French cuisine on both a la carte and prix fixe menus. While the restaurant’s cellar contains wines of Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, the sleek, modern dining room features a tasting table and communal seating at the charcuterie bar. Diners can also enjoy their lunch, dinner or weekend brunch on the outdoor terrace, just across from Lincoln Center.
Despite its 300-seat capacity and its home at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, this Upper West Side outpost of Landmarc TriBeCa has gained a reputation as a neighborhood favorite. Chef/Owner Marc Murphy prepares French and Italian-inspired fare, complemented by an international wine list. With breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, diners can enjoy the restaurant’s modern dining room at any time of the day.