Upper west side restaurants
We are heading to NYC in a week and are staying at the Excellsior Hotel on W.81st street. Looking for recommendations for dinner for our first night. Not to pricy because we will be a little tired from our trip.
You have pricey right in your hotel w/ Eighty-One.
Shake Shack - fantastic burgers/shakes - 77th/Columbus - can always take it out and bring it right back to your room
Barbao - vietnamese-ish. Can always nibble in the lounge 82nd/Columbus
Celeste - Italian - good and cheap/cramped and crowded - 83rd/Amsterdam - cash only
Pinch/s'mac - pizza by the inch and macaroni and cheese - 83rd/Columbus
others will chime in...
i second Bar Bao...
but my first rec is Cafe Ronda -- Argentinian tapas on Columbus betw 71/72...very reasonably priced food&wine, rustic, comfy, nice staff....the abondigas (lamb meat balls in tomato sauce) are awesome...having this lived on the UWS for 7 months now, this is only restaurant that i can truly recommend in the area...
Also Isabella's sister restaurant, Ocean Grill, up a couple of blocks on Columbus (directly in back of Natural History and about a block from your hotel). I particularly love their very reasonable brunches for which you can and must reserve, can't reserve for brunch at Isabella's.