Elea is a Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can have a great meal and also pretend you’re downtown. There’s a bar area upstairs and a big dining room in the basement, and it’s perfect for a somewhat upscale dinner that isn’t insanely expensive. Your options range from salads to lamb chops to a whole grilled fish - just be sure to start with a few of the dips (we especially like the hummus), and try to not fill up on the complimentary bread. Also, make a reservation. As mentioned, this is the rare sort of uptown spot that feels like something you’d find below 34th Street, and as a result, it gets very busy.
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Dive 75 isn’t quite a dive. Nor is it a cocktail bar. It’s just a nice little bar with board games and couches on the UWS.
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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Pylos is a longtime Greek restaurant in the East Village, and it’s a perfect back-pocket spot.
SVL Bar is a fast-casual Greek spot in Astoria that serves big portions of souvlaki and different types of gyros.
Anassa Taverna is a big Greek restaurant that’s useful for a last-minute dinner in the East 60s.
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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.
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.
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