10 Best Restaurants on New York's Upper West Side: Bright, beautiful, savory

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 GreengrassCeleste 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. 

Owned by Giancarlo Quadalti, who owns Teodora on East 57th Street with his wife, Roberta Ruggini, Celeste serves honest, rustic, and flavorful Neoplotian-style pizzas. Set in a tiny space of 18 tables, this is a family-friendly and sure way to...  Read More

Celebrate something here in Greek – friendly, generous – that about covers the service, the food, the conviviality that leaves locals remembering when they celebrated a birthday back in 1974. New York City was once jammed with such places...  Read More

Ethiopian cuisine is rarely talked about outside of foodie circles, but one trip to Zoma and we're willing to bet you'll be raving to your friends about this African fare. Packed to the rafters with vegan and vegetarian options in addition to...  Read More

The Ribbon
Photo courtesy of Steve Hill

The Ribbon is the Blue Ribbon Restaurants' first restaurant on New York City's Upper West Side and its eight outpost in the city. Brothers, Eric and Bruce Bromberg have created something of a mini-empire as they pair classic food, local...  Read More

The uptown answer to Russ & Daughters, Barney Greengrass is a New York institution that serves up smoked fish platters, caviar and bagels. Located on Amsterdam Avenue, this deli has won best deli in New York more times than we can count, and...  Read More

Braving the crowds is worth it when it comes to scoring a table at RedFarm, the Upper West Side Haute Chinese American take on dim sum. While dim sum purists often decry the hefty price tag of these bite-sized eats, RedFarm's loyal patrons have...  Read More

Owner Henry Rinehart is no newcomer to hospitality, and creating just the right neighborly yet sophisticated vibe at this bistro. Spacious, contemporary with an extensive menu & plenty of sidewalk seating. Dining Room and Bar are designed...  Read More

Just a few blocks north of Keller's Per Se, this may well be chef Daniel Boulud's ode to all Mediterranean flavors from the shores of Southern France to the coast of North Africa, from Italy to Morocco, Turkey and beyond. A semi-open kitchen...  Read More

One of the world's most famous chefs, Jean-Georges Vongrichten is also a savvy businessman whose constellation of culinary successes span the globe [to Tokyo's Roppongi Hills). But the location on the Upper West Side is the jewel in the crown...  Read More

Chef Thomas Keller is the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide. Lauded for its fabulous Central Park views, this Columbus Circle treasure serves French-influenced American...  Read More


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