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Best restaurant in the Upper West Side

Foodie friend is coming into town and I need a moderately priced to expensive restaurant. Recommendations?

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  1. Telepan hands down. 4 course prix fixe is $55 pp. I've been twice and not everyone at the table needs to do it so you can add in a la cartes. I went with one friend and we did one and ordered 2 more apps. I went another time with 2 friends and we ordered 1 prixe fixe and 5 apps to share. Both times everyone really enjoyed the meal and we felt quite full.

    1. Telepan is, indeed, excellent

      Ouest is also excellent.

      1. Moderately priced: Telepan
        Expensive: Picholine

        both are fantastic. If you go to Picholine go on the later side to avoid the pre-theater rush.

        1. Another vote for Telepan.

          1. Telepan for certain - after that nothing - the UWS is unfortunately a vast gastronomical wasteland.

            1. No, not a wasteland any more.

              Picholine is a great restaurant, if not moderately priced.

              Gabriel's is also very very good, if overshadowed by the Time Warner Center (literally).

              A hamburger at Cafe Luxembourg on 70th St is one of the best in the city, and the rest of their menu is reliably good. It's also one of the nicest rooms in New York, with great wait staff (always a good indicator, in my view).

              Ouest has its champions, as does Cesca. I find both to be a bit idiosyncratic for my taste, but I've had very very good food at the bar in Cesca, and they do have a good wine list.

              But, for your purposes, Telepan is it!


              - Sean

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              1. re: Sean Dell

                Sean, I am with you. The UWS is absolutely NOT a vast wasteland at all!

                I would agree with your and the others' rec to the OP for Telepan, top notch... but I would also strongly suggest the OP to consider Ouest as well. My husband and I (and lots of others) have had wonderful meals there. A recent post of mine details this restaurant in response to another poster.

                livetotravel, you should do a search and you will find plenty of terrific options in all price points...

                Whatever you decide, enjoy!

              2. I had an awful meal here about a year ago & although I live in the neighborhood have not gone back. I do eat next door at Bettola quite a bit. The tapas I got from Bello whatever turned my stomach-first time I've ever gotten unedible scallops as well as unchewable squid.... I shudder to relive that experience.

                1. Bettola is very good.

                  1. Cafe du Soleil (French) At 104th St Broadway

                    1. UWS is not a food wasteland--just have to know where to look in a large neighborhood.
                      Asiate & Mo Bar (drinks) at Mandarin Oriental
                      Stone Rose (drinks)
                      Per Se
                      Jean Georges
                      Rosa Mexicano
                      Calle Ocho
                      I second Bettola mentioned above.

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                      1. re: Ora

                        My comment was strictly confined to the UWS - and I'm prepared to stand corrected on Picholine. But a lot of the restaurants mentioned here are technically Midtown West and not UWS (check out savorynewyork.com). I mean I really would never call Per Se or Jean Georges wastelands.

                        1. re: livetotravel

                          UWS = 59 street to 96 St, from Central Park to River(see the NY Times Real Estate Map.)

                      2. And a little cheer for one of the gems: Bin 71, on 71st and Columbus. It is very small, so it's hard to get a seat sometimes, but it has a very good wine list, and their tapas-like menu is really good.

                        - Sean

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                        1. re: Sean Dell

                          Agree--nice place for drinks.
                          I forgot to include Bistro Cassis on my list, which is near Bin 71.