Columbus Avenue gets another much-needed booster shot. A vibrant young crowd in a cool space with good food and a DJ to enhance the lively mood. It’s not for everyone. But, it’s fun. Baby clams, carpaccio and tuna tartare excellent. Wine list extensive and reasonable. More of a cocktail-centric crowd. It’s from the owners of Tessa (backwards = Asset) on Amsterdam. But a much different experience.
Pete Wells reviewed a trendy dining spot with a secret door from an art gallery. It conjured an antique shop with a mirrored armoire that led to a hidden little garden restaurant across from the original Barney’s back in the day. I commented on it in the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/dining/frevo-review-pete-wells.html#commentsContainer&permid=102710761:102710761
The best UWS spot morning, noon or nite. Friendly and fun. Chic ambience. Back room perfect for a special occasion gathering. From coffee to cocktails. A neighborhood treat.
A traditional celebratory favorite over the years. This year, our son’s 30th birthday with family was no exception. Still fun and lively. Attentive service. Great raw clams. Succulent and perfectly cooked fish. It is the only place in Manhattan I’ll actually go downstairs to dine for its ship-like atmosphere. We’ll never forget a few years back when Mike Bloomberg and Chuck Schumer stopped by to say hi. And stayed for a long chat. Always a people-watching scene. And. One of those consistently good spots for return rendez-vous.
In its third iteration since we have moved to the UWS 3 years ago. On Columbus and 73rd, A.G. Kitchen was really good. The Flying Fisherman was really not. Now. Harvest Kitchen has potential. In the first week under a new name, not sure about management, lunch was good. Spicy Red Snapper tacos tasty and fresh. Hamburgers a little too fussy. Huevos rancheros a bit skimpy looking. Service fine. Glazed windows and curtains a little claustrophobic, open glass was better. But. Glad it has improved for another option in the ‘hood.
So many Italian restaurants on the Upper West Side. Most of them mediocre. Cotta is casual with outside tables. Inside it is dark and loud with blaring music. But. The homemade pasta is superb. Sauces fresh and delicious. Sets it apart from any of the other choices. For the food.
Two distinctly different experiences for us.
Saturday in the Park. March 2014. PopUp Piano Man. Warm sun. Pure Joy. Outdoor tables ready and waiting. Shake Shack opens. Crowds soon gather. Can Spring be far behind? MadisonPark Onze it. Quatorze–course tasting adventure. Pricey. Priceless. Grilled lobster lunch with friends at ABC Kitchen. Specially good. Roasted octopus, striped bass downtown at Colicchio and Sons. Delectable. Memories of a Mad March Birthday Weekend 2014. Indelible. Folie en food.