Tum & Yum has one of the better restaurant names on the Upper West Side, and it also has some of area’s best Thai food. This is a neighborhood spot that looks like a little cabin inside, with wood-paneled walls and a lot of lamps hanging from the ceiling, and it’s a great option for a relatively inexpensive weeknight meal. The food is a mix of standard dishes like pad see ew and drunken noodles and more interesting stuff like a soft-shell crab and duck salad.
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Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
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.
Mama’s Too is a tiny pizza place on the Upper West Side, and it’s where you’ll find some of the best slices in the area. Get the square pepperoni one.
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Ugly Baby is a little spot in Carroll Gardens serving excellent, authentic Thai food. Come here when you want to try something you haven’t before.
Lamoon is a cash-only, BYOB restaurant in Elmhurst that specializes in Northern Thai food, and it’s a great spot to eat sausage and pork spine soup.
Uncle Boons isn’t just the best Thai food we’ve eaten in New York City. It’s some of the best food we’ve eaten in New York City, period.
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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.
Crave Fishbar’s second location on the UWS is larger than the original UES spot and works for nearly every situation.
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