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 those times – Victor’s great Cuban. Mughlai authentic Indian. Ginger Man an upscale gem. China Club. Oenophilia. Museum Cafe. Since then, spent lots of time at The Excelsior Hotel visiting family and moved back again in 2016. It… Read more The Old UWS →
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
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 and should be Osteria Cotta, The Mermaid Inn, Da Capo, Santa Fe, Arte Cafe.
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.
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.
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. Nice to find an old spot still very good.
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… Read more Super Bowl Treats →
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.… Read more Pre-Opera @ Nougatine →