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Stately townhouses on the Upper West Side’s 72nd Street
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34 Reasons to Dine on the Upper West Side Now

The neighborhood’s food scene is in a period of flux, with many restaurants closing and new ones cropping up, but its mouth-scorching hot pot, pastrami many ways, and lively Vietnamese spots prevail

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Stately townhouses on the Upper West Side’s 72nd Street
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 108 Food

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2794 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(917) 675-6878
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108 Food is a dry hot pot that stands up to any in the city. Here’s how it works: Step up to a lavish display of raw ingredients deposited in metal tubs at the rear of the restaurant. An attendant with a sense of humor will assemble the chosen ingredients, putting the meat, poultry, and fish in one metal bowl and the vegetables in another, and then whisk it to the kitchen for the wok. Your meal can be as spicy (including Sichuan peppercorns) as you’d like at your request. Whole fish is available, too,

2. Bombay Frankie Roti Roll

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994 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 666-1500
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This narrow but delicious stall concentrates on the street food of Mumbai, sometimes known as Bombay frankies. Plenty for vegetarians and vegans options are available here in the shape of rolled-up rotis with a variety of fillings, including spinach, mushroom, omelet, and potatoes. This is fast food at its flavorful best, and don’t miss the spicy masala fries.

A pair or flatbread rolls, each cut in two and propped up, filled with green vegetables.
Roti rolls
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3. Happy Hot Hunan

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969 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 531-1786
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Few Hunan restaurants in the city are as good as this one, with a long menu to match. Hunan food exhibits hot and sour flavors, pickled ingredients, and other staples preserved by drying and smoking. Accordingly, try smoked pork with smoked bamboo shoots (which tastes engagingly like barbecue) and — not just for vegetarians — mustard greens that come dotted with garlic and pickled chiles.

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Smoked pork with smoked bamboo shoots
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4. Thai Market

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960 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 280-4575
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Thai Market is one of the best Thai spots in town, decorated with bright red umbrellas and blown-up photos of Bangkok market scenes. The frog legs are spicy with Thai bird chiles; the curry puffs appropriately mellow and starchy, with a braided spine and crisp pastry; and the raw shrimp ceviche in goong chae nam pla flavored with mint and garlic. Indulge in the colorful cocktails if you prefer, but the most appropriate beverage here is beer. Cut-rate specials make lunch the best time to visit.

A bowl of chicken curry with a pale green broth.
Green chicken curry
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5. Bánh Vietnamese Shop House

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942 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

A brand-new and exciting restaurant owned by Nhu Ton and John Nguyen, Bánh has made the Upper West Side one of the primary destinations for Vietnamese food in the city. Many dishes appear with nuances never seen in restaurants here before, such as a dark and turmeric-laced banh xeo with a coconut batter and a wealth of inclusions like marinated shrimp, smoked pork belly, and mung-bean puree (most versions in the city limit themselves to sprouts and steamed shrimp). Every meal here is an adventure.

A plate with leafy green lettuce, white rice noodles, a small bowl with dipping sauce, and barbecued pork, sits on a wooden table
Bun cha
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6. Makana

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161 W 106th St
New York, NY 10025
(212) 678-4569
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Hawaiian restaurants are few and far between in NYC, and Makana, operated by Dave Hom and Dave Chan, is one of the more reasonably priced ones, emphasizing the Japanese elements of the 50th state’s cuisine. Sure, there’s Spam musubi, a spiced tuna poke slathered with spicy mayo, and a loco moco plate including beef patties with mushroom gravy, fried egg, and macaroni salad. But you’ll also find decent sushi here, too.

A sunnyside egg on top of some black beans on top of some white rice.
Hawaiian loco moco
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7. Jerusalem

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2715 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 865-2295
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This long-running halal Middle Eastern cafe, founded in 1979, like the awning says, with limited seating indoors (when permitted) and outdoors, has fine and inexpensive falafel and lamb shawarma, configured as either pita sandwiches or platters. But aficionados often go for such more-distinctive dishes as the bread salad fattoush, garlicky fava beans, or hand-size spinach pies.

A sunny facade with a big and brigh blue awning. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

8. Curry King

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942 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025
(646) 669-7826
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The brightly lit cafe lies in an area frequented by cabbies, and this is the most formidable of the eateries they prefer, their cars often idling outside as they sit in their vehicles and eat. The halal Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Indo-Chinese food is not just meat and gravy, but plenty of vegetables are incorporated, too, including luffa and winter melon. The place also specializes in tandoor-cooked meats and whole fish. Favorites include lamb nihari (a very mellow stew of shank and marrow bone) and beef paya (made with gluey cow feet; it's way delicious). Open late.

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9. Yu Kitchen

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2656 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 678-8784
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Despite its informal demeanor, Yu Kitchen is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city. For those who have a desire to explore regional provincial food, there’s the porridge-like Wulong steamed pork with sticky rice, fern root noodles, and beef soup with pita dumplings — all dishes presided over by chef Ding Ji. But the menu is also filled with more-familiar Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing specialties.

Yu Kitchen chicken and mushroom noodle soup
Wontons in hot oil and chicken and mushroom noodle soup
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10. Naruto Ramen

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2634 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 222-0229
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This sturdy ramen spot offers a surprisingly great range of appetizers, meaning that you could ignore the noodles completely and have a memorable meal. Examples: smoky kurobuta sausage, fiery chicken wings, veggie gyoza topped with cheese, fried rice, and fried chicken. The ramen menu has many options, some of them exceedingly spicy.

A reddish bowl of ramen with an opaque broth with spiraling fish cake and sprouts visible in addition to noodles.
Tan tan ramen
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11. Malecon

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764 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 864-5648
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A reference to the road that runs along the bay in Havana, Malecon is a venerable Cuban restaurant with overlayerings of Dominican and Puerto Rican food, showing the shifting Latin population of a neighborhood that formed the backdrop for West Side Story. Classic pressed sandwiches, pork and pot roasts, rotisserie and fricasseed chickens, mofongos, and meal-size soups have kept patrons coming for decades to this lively spot.

A soup of white beans, ham, and pig feet.
Caldo gallego
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12. Holy Schnitzel

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654 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 362-4659
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The roster of UWS kosher choices gets a boost with the arrival of this homegrown Brooklyn mini chain on Amsterdam Avenue. The kitchen has perfected the art of cooking breaded chicken cutlets so they become super crisp on the outside while remaining moist in the middle. Several coatings are available (including sesame, panko, and cornflakes), as are several flavors. Many non-cutlet items are worth ordering, too, including hot dogs, hummus, avocado salad, and potato cigars (pastry flutes loaded with spuds).

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Chicken schnitzel sandwich
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13. Barney Greengrass

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541 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 724-4707
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Styling itself as the “Sturgeon King,” this 1908 repository of preserved fish on the Upper West Side is also a fully functional meat deli, with notably normal-sized, rather than overstuffed, sandwiches (pastrami, tongue, turkey, salami, and chopped liver), on rye, natch. There are some crossover favorites too, such as pastrami-cured salmon on a bagel and a tongue omelet.

Pale slices of fish fanned on white butcher paper.
Smoked sturgeon
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14. Celeste

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502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 874-4559
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Founded by Carmine Mitroni in 2002, Celeste has long been the Italian standby for Upper West Siders seeking its old-school charm, affordability, and reliable pizzas and pastas. Many of the latter are handmade, including tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage, and sheep's milk cheese. Also don’t miss the spectacular margherita pizza, further decorated with baby plum tomatoes, or the always fresh seafood salad. Cash only.

A seafood salad with green vegetables radiating from a heaped-up center of shrimp, squid, etc.
Seafood salad
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15. Jacob's Pickles

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509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 470-5566
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Originally helmed by chefs Glenroy Brown and Harold Villarosa, Jacob’s Pickles appeared nearly 10 years ago. This might be the Upper West Side’s most downtown-feeling restaurant, and a neighborhood date destination. The menu runs to Southern fare like fried chicken and shrimp and grits; Jewish food like matzo ball soup and turkey leg; biscuit-borne sandwiches, most with bacon; all-day breakfasts; and, as one might expect, pickles, pickles, and more pickles.

Jacob’s Pickles
Pickle assortment
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16. Jin Ramen

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462 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(646) 657-0755
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Via chef Shuichi Kotani, this unexpectedly great mainstay offers reasonably priced bowls of ramen with a choice of six broths: shio, shoyu, tonkotsu, spicy tonkotsu, miso, and vegetarian, the first two chicken-based. Novelty bowls incorporate Thai green curry paste and Korean kimchi, along with a choice of thin or thick noodles, firmer than usual. And more starters (including several salads) are offered beyond the usual fried chicken and edamame.

Jin Ramen storefront with two bushes in front. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

17. Land Thai Kitchen

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450 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 501-8121
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Chef David Bank, who was born and raised in Thailand, trained under chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten upon arriving in NYC in 1995; he and his wife, Vanida Bank, opened Land Thai Kitchen in 2005. This takeout star is as good for its noodle stir-fries and curries as it is for its papaya salads and duck larb.

A fish with tail but no head sprinkled with sliced red chiles and surrounded by other vegetables.
Black sea bass, Thai style
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18. Two Wheels

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426 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(646) 429-8661
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Playful and modernistic, Two Wheels is a pho place of recent vintage, with a brief menu in the fast-casual mode that nevertheless provides some surprises. Chef Jonathan Vu has innovative and popularizing ideas in mind where Vietnamese food is concerned. His deluxe pho lacks some of the noteworthy elements, like tripe and tendon, and turns the usual beef balls into grainier meatballs — not bad ideas by any means. And his banh xeo have been turned into delectable, crisp-shelled shrimp tacos.

Two deep fried rice wrappers loaded with shrimp look like hardshell tacos.
Banh xeo
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19. Nice Matin

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201 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-6423
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This facsimile Parisian brasserie, founded in 2003, is a UWS workhorse, serving French bistro standards to the neighborhood at a brisk pace and has been hopping even during the pandemic. A nice moules frites, the Provencal basil soup called pistou, and New York strip steak frites, plus a few Italian-leaning specialties such as risotto and short-rib ravioli, grace the menu.

A heap of shiny pork, including sausages and bacon, in broth.
Choucroute garni
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20. Blondies

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212 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-4360

It’s all about the wings at Blondies, a sports bar brimming with televisions for unfettered sports viewing. Northwestern University games are especially packed, as it’s the go-to bar for the Midwestern school’s alumni to gather, watch, and knock back purple-hued shots. Nachos, baked potatoes, and a “meltdown sandwich” (chicken tenders with mozzarella and Buffalo sauce) are among other favorites.

Groups sits outside at tables looking up at the camera under a black-hued awning. Photo via Blondies Instagram

21. Jing Fong

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380 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(646) 678-5511
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NYC dim sum staple Jing Fong, owned by Ming Lam and his son Truman Lam, opened its first location nearly 40 years ago in Chinatown and expanded to the Upper West Side in 2017 with a more petite outpost. The bill of fare is slimmer during the pandemic, but it still highlights noodles and dim sum. Go for the turnip cakes, char siu, and beef chow fun.

An aerial photograph of two wooden steamer baskets filled with dim sum dishes
Dim sum service
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22. Red Farm

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2170 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 724-9700
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The uptown version of Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng’s modern Chinese restaurant opened in 2013 and has since settled in nicely to the neighborhood. Locals mob the place looking for bites of pastrami-studded egg rolls, animated dumplings with faces that stare back, and meaty soup dumplings.

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23. Chirping Chicken

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355 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-6631
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Chirping Chicken is a true hero of the Upper West Side, delivering an extensive menu of rotisserie roast chicken, Greek specialties, and American fast-food classics to the neighborhood affordably and quickly. It’s a weeknight go-to for many, from ever-present office workers to couples to families with young kids.

A black plastic container filled with well browned chicken parts, with cut pitas on the side.
Rotisserie chicken
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24. Amsterdam Ale House

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340 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-7260
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The lamb burger on an English muffin is the pro move at this beer-focused pub, which provides a casual setting for meeting friends and watching the game (what game? Any game!) with food that’s better than it needs to be. Next door to the Beacon Theater, it was popular with theater-goers before the pandemic. Don’t miss the tornado tots, with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, bacon, jalapenos, and spicy ranch dressing.

A facade with the name in big block letters and a wrought iron bench in front. Photo via Amsterdam Ale House Instagram

25. Playa Betty's

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320 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 712-0777
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The duo behind Caroline’s Comedy club, Eugene Ashe and Thomas Wilson, debuted the surfer chic bar and restaurant Playa Betty’s in 2015. The menu harkens toward Southern California and the Baja Peninsula with tacos, grain bowls, enchiladas, and margaritas — all perfectly suited to winter carryout.

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Margarita on the rocks
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26. Viand Cafe

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2130 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-2888
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Viand Cafe is one of the neighborhood’s most frequented diners. Over 15 years in, it still pushes out top-notch fare including especially good all-day breakfast options, of which the best are its legendary house-made corn beef hash, huevos rancheros, and eggs Benedict. Come hungry and leaving feeling stuffed.

27. Freddie & Pepper's

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303 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-2378
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This unprepossessing walk-down pizzeria sells good slices and hot subs, but it has another specialty that may not be apparent till you examine the menu carefully: Chilean-style sandwiches. Primary among several options is the chacarero, which looks like a regular roast beef hero, except for the exciting inclusion of... green beans, which moisten the sandwich and add oomph.

A cut hero sandwich with roast beef, white melted cheese, and green beans sticking haphazardly out.
Chilean chacarero
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28. Gray's Papaya

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2090 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-0243
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Founded by Nicholas Gray, who worked at the Papaya King chain in 1973, Gray’s has long since become an Upper West Side landmark. All eating is done standing up, or walking down the street, and Gray’s is the repository of 100 years of New York frankfurter praxis — including the austere toppings of German sauerkraut and Greek onion relish, further topped with mustard and washed down with one of the gritty and indifferent fruit drinks. Hey, it’s traditional.

Two hot dogs sitting side by side on a white paper plate placed on a yellow tables. One of the hot dogs is topped with sauerkraut and another is topped with an orange sauce.
Classic New York City franks
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29. My Pie Pizzeria Romana

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166 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-7200
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At this Roman-style pizzeria, conveniently located right above the 72nd Street express subway stop, slabs of pinsa are the thing to get. The crunchy, cheesy slices have a multi-flour crust, rise for 48 hours, and are generously blanketed in a wide array of toppings. Highlights include the smoky prosciutto cotto and zucchini artichoke, both pictured here.

My Pie Pizzeria Romana
Roman pinsa
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30. Seven Hills Mediterranean Grill

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158 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 724-4700
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Seven Hills has been around over a decade and offers offers all the advantages of a Turkish restaurant in Bay Ridge or on Coney Island Avenue. Find grilled meats in profusion and plenty of choices for vegetarians: salads, eggplant dishes, yogurt, and dips like hummus. Warm Turkic breads and fist-sized dumplings round out the menu. The deliverable wine list is a big plus.

Four crisp cylindrical fried pastry flutes fanned on a plate.
Sigara borkek
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31. Pastrami Queen

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138 W 72nd St A
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-2874
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This kosher Upper East Side (and before that, Queens) transplant turned heads when it opened a few months ago during the pandemic, and it generated long, socially distanced lines. It’s been a long time since the Upper West Side could boast pastrami this good. Carry out — and eat fast. Matzo ball soup and hot dogs liberally smeared with mustard are tops, too.

In a wooded setting, a hand holds an overstuffed sandwich aloft.
Pastrami on rye
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32. El Mitote

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208 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-2929
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A slightly upscale Mexican restaurant, El Mitote at first seems aimed at non-Mexican Americans, till you start ordering the food and poke around the corners of the menu. A case in point is the spectacular pozole in the Guadalajaran style, laced with dried red chiles and filled with chicken and hominy. It’s generously served with a bean tostada on the side. You can smell the oregano as the soup is brought to the table.

A bowl of bright red soup with shredded chicken being lifted out and a green avocado wedge visible.
Pozole
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33. Épicerie Boulud

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1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-9606
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This casual serve-yourself outdoor cafe from Daniel Boulud offers memorable eat-and-run breakfasts, pastries, and a shifting selection of sandwiches and charcuterie right across the street from a now-shuttered Lincoln Center. On a slightly higher plane, Bar Boulud spreads out next door. The breakfast sandwich on bechamel-slathered brioche made with gruyere and bacon is a particular delight.

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Breakfast sandwich
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34. Rosa Mexicano

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61 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 977-7700
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This local chain founded by Josefina Howard in 1984 serves an elegant version of Mexican food with plenty of regional highlights. After the recent closure of the Upper East Side original, this is one of only two still existent in the city. The tortilla soup and cochinita pibil tacos stuffed with chicken in the Yucatecan style are standouts.

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Enchiladas with refried black beans and Spanish rice, with pomegranate margarita
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1. 108 Food

2794 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
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108 Food is a dry hot pot that stands up to any in the city. Here’s how it works: Step up to a lavish display of raw ingredients deposited in metal tubs at the rear of the restaurant. An attendant with a sense of humor will assemble the chosen ingredients, putting the meat, poultry, and fish in one metal bowl and the vegetables in another, and then whisk it to the kitchen for the wok. Your meal can be as spicy (including Sichuan peppercorns) as you’d like at your request. Whole fish is available, too,

2794 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

2. Bombay Frankie Roti Roll

994 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
A pair or flatbread rolls, each cut in two and propped up, filled with green vegetables.
Roti rolls
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This narrow but delicious stall concentrates on the street food of Mumbai, sometimes known as Bombay frankies. Plenty for vegetarians and vegans options are available here in the shape of rolled-up rotis with a variety of fillings, including spinach, mushroom, omelet, and potatoes. This is fast food at its flavorful best, and don’t miss the spicy masala fries.

994 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

3. Happy Hot Hunan

969 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
A white plastic bowl containing a stir fry.
Smoked pork with smoked bamboo shoots
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Few Hunan restaurants in the city are as good as this one, with a long menu to match. Hunan food exhibits hot and sour flavors, pickled ingredients, and other staples preserved by drying and smoking. Accordingly, try smoked pork with smoked bamboo shoots (which tastes engagingly like barbecue) and — not just for vegetarians — mustard greens that come dotted with garlic and pickled chiles.

969 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

4. Thai Market

960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
A bowl of chicken curry with a pale green broth.
Green chicken curry
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Thai Market is one of the best Thai spots in town, decorated with bright red umbrellas and blown-up photos of Bangkok market scenes. The frog legs are spicy with Thai bird chiles; the curry puffs appropriately mellow and starchy, with a braided spine and crisp pastry; and the raw shrimp ceviche in goong chae nam pla flavored with mint and garlic. Indulge in the colorful cocktails if you prefer, but the most appropriate beverage here is beer. Cut-rate specials make lunch the best time to visit.

960 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

5. Bánh Vietnamese Shop House

942 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
A plate with leafy green lettuce, white rice noodles, a small bowl with dipping sauce, and barbecued pork, sits on a wooden table
Bun cha
Rachel Vanni/Eater

A brand-new and exciting restaurant owned by Nhu Ton and John Nguyen, Bánh has made the Upper West Side one of the primary destinations for Vietnamese food in the city. Many dishes appear with nuances never seen in restaurants here before, such as a dark and turmeric-laced banh xeo with a coconut batter and a wealth of inclusions like marinated shrimp, smoked pork belly, and mung-bean puree (most versions in the city limit themselves to sprouts and steamed shrimp). Every meal here is an adventure.

942 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

6. Makana

161 W 106th St, New York, NY 10025
A sunnyside egg on top of some black beans on top of some white rice.
Hawaiian loco moco
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Hawaiian restaurants are few and far between in NYC, and Makana, operated by Dave Hom and Dave Chan, is one of the more reasonably priced ones, emphasizing the Japanese elements of the 50th state’s cuisine. Sure, there’s Spam musubi, a spiced tuna poke slathered with spicy mayo, and a loco moco plate including beef patties with mushroom gravy, fried egg, and macaroni salad. But you’ll also find decent sushi here, too.

161 W 106th St
New York, NY 10025

7. Jerusalem

2715 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
A sunny facade with a big and brigh blue awning. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This long-running halal Middle Eastern cafe, founded in 1979, like the awning says, with limited seating indoors (when permitted) and outdoors, has fine and inexpensive falafel and lamb shawarma, configured as either pita sandwiches or platters. But aficionados often go for such more-distinctive dishes as the bread salad fattoush, garlicky fava beans, or hand-size spinach pies.

2715 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

8. Curry King

942 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025
A shop with dishes depicted in color underneath the windows. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The brightly lit cafe lies in an area frequented by cabbies, and this is the most formidable of the eateries they prefer, their cars often idling outside as they sit in their vehicles and eat. The halal Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Indo-Chinese food is not just meat and gravy, but plenty of vegetables are incorporated, too, including luffa and winter melon. The place also specializes in tandoor-cooked meats and whole fish. Favorites include lamb nihari (a very mellow stew of shank and marrow bone) and beef paya (made with gluey cow feet; it's way delicious). Open late.

942 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025

9. Yu Kitchen

2656 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Yu Kitchen chicken and mushroom noodle soup
Wontons in hot oil and chicken and mushroom noodle soup
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Despite its informal demeanor, Yu Kitchen is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city. For those who have a desire to explore regional provincial food, there’s the porridge-like Wulong steamed pork with sticky rice, fern root noodles, and beef soup with pita dumplings — all dishes presided over by chef Ding Ji. But the menu is also filled with more-familiar Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing specialties.

2656 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

10. Naruto Ramen

2634 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
A reddish bowl of ramen with an opaque broth with spiraling fish cake and sprouts visible in addition to noodles.
Tan tan ramen
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This sturdy ramen spot offers a surprisingly great range of appetizers, meaning that you could ignore the noodles completely and have a memorable meal. Examples: smoky kurobuta sausage, fiery chicken wings, veggie gyoza topped with cheese, fried rice, and fried chicken. The ramen menu has many options, some of them exceedingly spicy.

2634 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

11. Malecon

764 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025