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New to the Upper West Side

Will be renting an apartment on the UWS and looking for restaurant recommendations. Interested in all cuisines, places for breakfast, lunch and dinner from the West 60s to the West 100s. In addition, any great take out places and bakeries. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Welcome to the neighborhood. You're coming in at a good time. New places are opening regularly and some are quite good.

    check out:

    Grand Sichuan on Amsterdam and 75th
    Ditch Plains, opening soon on Columbus and 82nd
    Luke's Lobster on Amsterdam and 81st
    Shake Shack on Columbus and 77th
    B Cafe on Amsterdam and 86th maybe
    Nice Matin on Amsterdam and 79th
    Burrata on Amsterdam and 76th

    Mike Psilakis has two places up here - Kefi and Fish Tag. Daniel Boulud has Bar Boulud, which is currently expanding to a mediterranean grill, i think.

    we've got Barney Greengrass, Zabar's, H&H Bagels, Grandaisy Bakery, Levain, and Jacque Torres.

    i'm anxious to try Recipe...haven't made it yet, but it looks nice.

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    Barney Greengrass
    541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Grandaisy Bakery
    176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

    Kefi
    505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

    Nice Matin
    201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

    Bar Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    Fish Tag
    222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

    Luke's Lobster
    426 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: coasts

      also Graffit for tapas on 69th (at Broadway)
      Telepan on 69th (at Columbus)
      Aged Steakhouse on Broadway (at 88th)
      Artie's Deli on Broadway (82/83rd)
      Big Nick's on Broadway (at 77th) - best to wait for nice weather & eat outside
      Fairway Café
      Amber on Columbus (at 70th)
      Earthen Oven for Indian on Columbus (at 70th)
      Five Napkin Burger on Broadway (at 84th)
      Fatty Crab on Broadway (76/77th)
      Rosa Mexicano on Columbus (at 62nd)

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      Earthen Oven
      53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

      Telepan
      72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

      Rosa Mexicano
      61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

      Big Nick's
      2175 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Fatty Crab
      2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Five Napkin Burger
      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Gastroarte
      141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

      1. re: boredough

        and salumeria rosi on amsterdam & 73rd

        and if you count also columbus circle, of course there's everything...(Per Se, Jean Georges, Masa, Blue Ribbon, Picholine)

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        Jean Georges
        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        Masa
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        1. re: mow mow

          Adding Marea to Columbus Circle recs...

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          Marea
          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

      2. re: coasts

        Just tried Recipe a week or so ago and liked it. My husband was super impressed with their fish entree - forgot what kind of fish (maybe sea bass?) but he said it was one of best fish entrees he's had in recent memory. Definitely a great addition to the neighborhood!

      3. love Cafe Frida - on Columbus btw 97 & 98 - excellent fish tacos
        agree Luke's Lobster is a really welcome addition.
        Grandaisy Bakery has the best pizza (my bf hates it) - i recommend the cauliflower.
        think the new place Atlantic Grill - is very good and somewhat reasonably priced - don't know that it is a destination place if you live in another part of the city - but for a nice consistent meal - we've had great success there.
        - to each his own - but Nice Matin always seems to be recommended - so plenty love it, but I have never what I would consider good food there and the atmosphere is excessively loud - don't get that place at all.
        ... have fun!

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        Grandaisy Bakery
        176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

        Nice Matin
        201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

        Atlantic Grill
        1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

        Cafe Frida
        368 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        Luke's Lobster
        426 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: calconscious

          Second the cauliflower pizza at Grandaisy (and before that at Sullivan St.). I also like the mushroom and potato varieties, which I usually get at the Tribeca shop. Good walking-around food, at least when the wind chill isn't minus-8.

        2. Try Gennaro for wonderful pasta, meats, other Italian and mediterranean specials. Top-notch food, very reasonable. Amsterdam and 93rd.
          Asiakan--very good Japanese. Not exciting atmosphere but perfectly pleasant. Also Amsterdam, 90's.

          1. and for breakfast of coz there is Good Enough to Eat...amsterdam 83th - 84th

            1. In addition to all the recommendations you've gotten, there's a worthwhile tapas bar on 95th between Amsterdam and Broadway called Buceo 95, and you can get very tasty Dominican rotisserie chicken and soothing chicken soup at El Malecon, Amsterdam between 97th and 98th. Flor de Mayo on Broadway, a Peruvian-Chinese restaurant between 100th and 101st, also has tasty rotisserie chicken, and their beans are better if you want a side.

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              1. re: Pan

                Also a Flor de Mayo on Amsterdam at around 82nd Street.

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                Flor de Mayo
                484 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024