Caledonia is, above all, a whiskey bar. They have an enormous scotch selection, a large number of snifters, and plenty of Irish and American whiskey as well. That said, it isn’t the sort of place where you have to whisper and swirl your glass before you take a drink. Mostly, it just feels like a relatively calm pub that happens to have a lot of brown liquid in stock. The little space is long and narrow, with a bar up front and a few tables in back, and it works for anything from date night to a drink with your parents.
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Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
Finally, the kind of restaurant the Upper West Side has long been starved for. The Ribbon has style and substance and does classic food right.
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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.
Danny Meyer’s Chelsea bar, Porchlight, is all about the details. Cocktails and details.
What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
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DTUT is both a coffee shop and a bar, and you can also make your own s’mores here. If you live on the Upper East Side, it’s a useful place.
If you ever need to get drinks with some people near Lincoln Center, the Dakota Bar is a solid restaurant/bar/lounge nearby.
Gebhard’s Beer Culture
If you want to drink unusual beers or play foosball or both, check out Gebhard’s Beer Culture on the Upper West Side.
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