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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Caledonia is a small whiskey bar on the Upper West Side that works for anything from a date to a drink with your parents.
If you want to eat delicious almond croissants and cookies on the UES, head to Orwasher's.
George Keeley is a bar on the Upper West Side where you can watch sports and drink a hard-to-find draft beer.
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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.
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There’s only one thing at the menu at Eim Khao Mun Kai: a Thai version of Hainanese chicken. It comes with a side of broth, and it’s very good.
Khao Nom is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst, and it’s a great place to sit down, eat some quick khao moo dang, and grab a few desserts to-go.
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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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