First trip to NYC - Staying West 77th St - Suggestions!
Even closer to W. 77th St. than Ouest, and even better, IMHO (not to mention more reasonably priced), is @SQC, on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd.
This restaurant, to my mystification, has barely been mentioned on this board, but it's easily my favorite more-or-less-upscale restaurant on the Upper West Side. The restaurant is casual, with a modern urban-chic look and feel (I'm lousy at describing these things--go look at their website!)....it's the food that's upscale.
I've had so many wonderful things there....a really nice she-crab soup, a truly delicious and surprising "roast" chicken, pork loin with cheddar cheese grits and morel sauce, butcher's tenderloin of beef with foie gras and truffle mashed potatoes. (I'm waiting for Scott Campbell to bring back the grilled salmon with truffle grits....the menu changes every couple of months, and boy do I miss that one!)
Me and my UWS dining-out friends seem to about evenly divided on this subject, but for me, @SQC IS, foodwise, what Ouest tries to be but doesn't quite pull off. Every dish I've tried at @SQC has been more satisfying than every dish I tried at Ouest.
Anyone else out there agree or disagree with me? I can't imagine why this restaurant hasn't been discussed here, or perhaps I just missed it (but a search a few weeks back turned up zilch).