The Old UWS

Visited and lived on the UWS in the 1970’s – 1980’s. There was a vibrant if gritty bar & dining scene which centered around Ruskay’s on Columbus & 75th. Richard Ruskay also owned Empire Diner down on 10th Avenue. Ruskay’s later turned into a fun hot spot for the Manhattan swells called Ruelle’s. The others I remember from…

Dogs Eat UWS Restaurants

Dogs drool and rule at most restaurants. That’s why we stay in and cook or take-out. Nobody seems to mind I guess, yet there are more boarded up bistros every week. Good luck out there!   NYPost

NY Mag Best of UWS

West Side Rag posted New York Magazine’s Best Restaurants on the Upper West Side. To say the list is sad is to be polite. On the list are a couple of actual restaurants rather than hot dog stands and Asian food chains. The good ones include Oxbow Tavern, Sushi Kaito, The Milling Room. Not there…

Molyvos Midtown

Large attractive venue on 7th Avenue in midtown. Beautiful bar area. Grilled octopus, fried calamari excellent. Red Snapper special frozen and overcooked. Braised short ribs said to be very good. Large prawns mealy and inedible according to another diner at our table. Wine list mediocre. Service uninspired. Okay for a large older group.

Santa Fe UWS

A former neighborhood hot spot with lethal margaritas rediscovered in a new venue on 71st & Columbus. Enchiladas Suizas, Burrito excellent. Sauces sabroso. Not sure about the underground venue, but the food is so much better than other choices such as Frida and Calle Ocho.  Miss AG Kitchen so happy to have found this again.

Maz Mezcal UES

Upper East Side stalwart for 68 years. A former fave tried again. Family oriented, yet warm and cozy ambience. Saucy aromas waft as you walk in. Chile Relleno excellent as are assortment of chips and salsas. Guac not cilantro-laden. That’s a good thing. Mole poblano too much of a good thing. Steak and shrimp excellent….

Super Bowl Treats

Picked up treats for the Big Game. Citarella Pasticceria. Our favorite market any day of the week.             Then. Brunch at Café Luxembourg. An UWS landmark boîte. With Dr. H’s former colleague and friends.           Home for Pats v. Rams. With Andouille Chili. Recipe Detours. And Citarella sweets.  

Pre-Opera @ Nougatine

Nougatine. Jean-Georges’ more casual spot in the lobby of 1 Central Park West. Yes. The Trump International Hotel & Residences. That building. Where Regis & Alan Alda share a hallway. But. Hey. It’s great food overlooking the high rises on CPS and Columbus Circle and close to the Metropolitan Opera. To see the new production…

Tree Trimming Cuisine 2018

Figs wrapped in bacon Stuffed mushrooms – from Gwen’s kitchen   Assorted cheeses Hummus Artichoke dip Burmese lamb stew Raita Naan Chutneys Veniero’s Italian treats from the Lower East Side – thanks to Jess     Troppo di vino thanks to everyone   

OxBow Thanksgiving

As natives of the Connecticut River Valley Oxbow in Northampton, we feel familiar at our new neighborhood Tavern. What a special surprise to find that it was open on Thanksgiving. Since none of us is a fan of turkey, we relished our quail, duck and lamb chops at a cozy table on a frigid fall…