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 in the form of the American Museum of Natural History, the Beacon Theatre or the Apollo Theater. 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, where New Yorkers line up around the block for smoked sturgeon and lox, and at Celeste, pizza and pastas have held the hearts - and stomachs - of locals for ages.
Newcomers like Awadh and RedFarm have brought some of downtown's ethnic charm a little further north, the Upper West Side is 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 not long ago, the Bromberg Brothers 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.