Bracketed by Central Park and Riverside Park, and distinguished by regal, two-towered apartment buildings along Central Park West–The Upper West Side is home to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, sweeping views of Central Park and a big chunk of wealthy New Yorkers pushing strollers. There's culture n the form of the American Museum of Natural History, the Beacon Theatre. For years, people thought the UWS was inferior to the vivacious food scene downtown. After all, how could pre-war buildings and sterile dining rooms compete with the energy and charm of Soho and the Village?
All that's changed.
Today, the Upper West Side's Michelin-starred hotspots like Per Se and Boulud Sud rub shoulders with neighborhood standbys that have stood proud for decades. Places such as Barney Greengrass, Celeste and Symposium where New Yorkers line up around the block for smoked sturgeon and lox, pizza and pastas or moussaka and ouzo that have held the hearts - and stomachs - of locals for decades.
Newcomers like Awadh and RedFarm have brought some of downtown's ethnic charm a little further north, the Upper West Side was no longer a graveyard for delicious eats. Instead it's become a dining destination with residents from all over the city taking notice and trekking past Columbus Circle to see what all the fuss is about. And lately the Bromberg Brothers have moved their spectacular American cuisine at The Ribbon to the former Franconia Hotel.
When diners arrive, they're not disappointed in what they find. You won't be either after perusing our list of the Upper West Side's most revered restaurants.