5 Upper West Side Restaurants to Try Now

From upscale bistros to hole-in-the-wall spots, the Upper West Side is home to some of the best restaurants in Manhattan. Here are our five recommendations to try now.

J.G. Melon

Unassuming and charmingly casual, the checkered table clothes that adorn this New York institution are the fanciest part of the restaurant. The only way to go at this cash-only spot is the cheeseburger and the cottage cheese fries — with a cold beer, of course.

Bar Boulud

This modern, tradition-snuffing French eatery by famed chef Daniel Boulud is known for an impressive wine list and an even more impressive charcuterie selection. While offering bistro favorites such as French onion soup and Coq au Vin, Bar Boulud offers a unique take on escargots, fried pork belly, and more.

Red Farm

The ultra-chic Upper West Side outpost of this Chinese restaurant might have more space than the West Village original, but that doesn’t make it any less exclusive. An extremely curated menu of explosive flavors make Red Farm a foodie mecca. The vibe is family style, so bring your friends to munch on crispy oxtail dumplings, pastrami egg rolls, and wok-braised shrimp wontons.

 The Mermaid Inn

Lauded as one of the best affordable and authentic lobster rolls in Manhattan, the Mermaid Inn brings the Cape Cod experience to Amsterdam Avenue. Sidewalk seating is the way to go on a nice day and the people watching goes great with a side of fresh oysters from the raw bar. The “nearly famous” lobster roll is definitely the most popular here, but don’t sleep on on their mermaid fish tacos, made with the market catch of the day.

Calle Ocho

The Excelsior Hotel’s own Calle Ocho offers a modern menu inspired by Latin cuisine. The fusion of Spanish, Venezuelan, and Peruvian cuisine yield a hybrid of flavors and unique offerings. Our favorites are the Cuban style steak frites and the seafood ceviche — and the unlimited brunch.

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