New York City has one of the most famous culinary scenes on the planet. People from all over the globe live here, and chefs from virtually every country on Earth have brought their cuisine here and opened restaurants. Additionally, anyone who has dreams of making it big in the restaurant industry wants to come to New York, where their star can shine the brightest. The Upper West Side is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and new ones are opening every week. Our New York City personal injury lawyers are big fans of the following restaurants on the Upper West Side:
Jacob’s Pickles is a southern comfort food restaurant and one of our favorite brunch spots in the city. Every dish we’ve tried has been packed with flavor, portions are huge, and the food really warms you up – it’s a perfect place to dine on a brutally cold day in New York City.
Some of our favorite items on the menu here include:
- Bacon egg and cheese biscuit sandwich
- Mushroom gravy smothered chicken
- Grit-crusted fried green tomatoes
- Buttermilk fried chicken Caesar
- Buffalo chicken mac & cheese
The Milling Room
The Milling Room is an upscale restaurant and cocktail bar serving amazingly complex New American cuisine. It’s a perfect choice if you’re looking to indulge in a fancy meal after a day of sightseeing on the Upper West Side.
We’re big fans of the following dishes at the Milling Room:
- Salmon belly crudo
- Seared bay scallops
- Spicy vongole bucatini
- Duck wings
- Spicy rock shrimp
Located at Excelsior Hotel, Calle Ocho is a Latin restaurant specializing in Cuban cuisine. This is a very popular restaurant, as word about their delicious food has quickly spread – we recommend making a reservation at least one month in advance.
We recommend trying the following dishes at Calle Ocho:
- Tostada con Dulce de Leche
- Maiz y Camarones
- Cachapa Con Salmon
- Torta de Pollo
- Latin Benedict
Ella Kitchen & Bar
Ella Kitchen & Bar specializes in tapas and Mediterranean food. We’ve enjoyed meals here at brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks with some cocktails.
We love the following foods at Ella Kitchen & Bar:
- Mushroom croquettes
- Coliflor con Alemendras
- Pulpo a la Gallega
- Seafood paella
- Carpaccio de salmon
Maison Pickle’s menu heavily features sandwiches and comfort food with premium ingredients. This is also a sister restaurant to Jacob’s Pickles.
Some of the most delicious choices on the menu at Maison Pickle include:
- Double cut Berkshire pork chop
- Chicken and shrimp Francese
- House-made spinach pappardelle
- Chicken and eggplant parmigiana
- Roasted beet and sheep’s milk salad
Lokal 83 Mediterranean Kitchen
Along with Ella, Lokal 83 is one of our favorite Mediterranean restaurants on the Upper West Side. It’s a great choice for brunch on the weekends or dinner during the week.
Some of the best dishes we’ve tried here include:
- Stuffed grape leaves
- Baba ghanoush
- Grilled Portuguese octopus
- Beetroot and feta cheese salad
- Mediterranean sea bass
The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn specializes in seafood and sandwiches and is another one of our favorite weekend brunch spots, but it’s a great dinner option as well. They have other locations in Greenwich Village and the East Village as well.
You can’t go wrong with the following dishes here:
- Baked eggs shakshuka
- Mermaid black Angus burger
- Beer-battered shrimp po’ boy
- Challah French toast
- Classic eggs Benedict
Bustan is yet another incredible Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side. It’s a bit upscale but it’s a great choice if you’re looking to celebrate something with a fancy dinner.
We’ve enjoyed the following dishes at Bustan:
- Taboon charred octopus
- Grilled Austrailian lamb chops
- Morrocan vegetable terracotta
- Grilled wild king salmon
- Grilled wild king salmon
Tessa’s diverse menu features a variety of Mediterranean, French, and Italian options. We’ve never had a meal here that was anything short of amazing.
You’ll probably enjoy anything you try here, but some of our favorites include:
- Blistered Shishito peppers
- Bruised kale and Marcona Caesar salad
- Octopus a la Plancha
- Hanger steak frites
- Sauteed bitter greens
As you can probably guess from the name, Amelie is an excellent French restaurant and wine bar.
We love the following dishes at Amelie:
- Warm pistachio-encrusted goat cheese ball
- Hudson Valley duck leg confit
- Day boat scallops
- Tuna tartare a la Amelie
- Brussels sprouts de Bayonne