At the start of this century, it was commonplace to say there were no good restaurants on the Upper West Side. It was wrong then and is even more wrong now, as new places open up in spite of the pandemic. Its northernmost edge is the site of one of the city’s most vibrant cluster of Chinese restaurants, new kosher and halal restaurants are surging, pizzerias offer arcane styles rarely seen in the city before, while Mexican restaurants both low- and high-brow dot the landscape, along with Vietnamese, Indian, and Chilean places, supplementing the beer pubs the neighborhood was already known for.
True, the pandemic has closed down 12 of the 35 places that were on this list when it was last published a year ago. But just as old-guard institutions like Old John’s Luncheonette and Shun Lee West close down, new classics like Bánh Vietnamese Shop House and Pastrami Queen appear. Culinarily, the Upper West Side, which extends from Columbus Circle to 110th Street west of Central Park, is always renewing itself.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.
A number of NYC restaurants are offering outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery service. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More