If you’re looking for some pasta, a kale salad, and possibly a piece of salmon on the Upper West Side, Tessa is a pretty good option. It isn’t anything revolutionary, but this Mediterranean spot on Amsterdam makes a solid bowl of rabbit cavatelli (as well as a bunch of other pastas), and the space is nice enough for a date night or a semi-important dinner. There’s also a bar up front where you can eat while you watch sports on TV. Dinner can get a little pricey, but this isn’t an every-night kind of place. Stop by when you need to get dinner with a family friend who just saw something at Lincoln Center.
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Nobody Told Me
Nobody Told Me is a casual cocktail bar on the Upper West Side that’s perfect for when you need to catch up with a friend and drink something great.
Barney Greengrass is the definition of a Classic NYC Establishment. What’s not to love about a 100-year-old tradition of sturgeon scrambled eggs and a H&H bagel with lox, cream cheese and tomato?
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Gargiulo’s is an old-school Italian spot that’s the most formal place to eat in Coney Island.
Tarallucci e Vino Restaurant
Tarllucci e Vino is an all-day cafe, with a few locations around the city. It’s sort of like a nicer, Italian Le Pain Quotiden.
Carbone is red sauce Italian restaurant theater, and it’s a show you shouldn’t miss. This is one of New York City’s absolute best restaurants.
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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.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
The Smith Lincoln Center
That's right, another Infatuation review for yet another location of The Smith. Why? Because The Smith is always there when you need it to be. Sometimes for the food. Sometimes for the bathroom. Either way, it's there, and it's good.
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