Cafe Du Soleil is a neighborhood French bistro on the UWS that most parents will love. This is partly because of the long list of French wines in the $20 range, and partly because of how old school it feels in here. There’s a TV behind the bar that might have a soccer game on, and you’ll probably be able to see a French street signs everywhere you look. It’s not cool by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s classic. and the food is highly buttery and good. Also, when it’s warm outside, you should try to sit on their sidewalk. If the idea of sitting on a wicker chair, and eating mussels in a dijonnaise sauce on a cool summer night makes you want to smoke a cigarette, we get it.
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The best modern dim sum restaurant in town now has a second location on the Upper West Side.
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Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
The best way for us to give you the lowdown on this place is to explain that it's really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. One is a three course, prixe fixe fine dining experience, the other sleek, more relaxed, often features some Action at the Bar. If you're going, go big and eat in the dining room.
Eleven Madison Park
Fancy though it may be, Eleven Madison Park is surprisingly lively. But make no mistake, this is fine dining at its most serious.
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The New York experience is really about making this gigantic metropolis feel smaller. We’re really all just looking for a few comfortable places with familiar faces in them to retreat to after a long day. Viand is one of those places.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
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