Our 10 Best Upper West Side Restaurants

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7. Gazala's - This laid-back restaurant is an expanded version of the Hell's Kitchen original - and it's a hell of a lot more comfortable. Appetize with bread dips on gossamer-thin Israeli Druze pitas, and sup on sautéed quail, succulent lamb kebabs, or shakshuka (above), a North African poach of yellow-yolked eggs against a backdrop of deep-red tomato sauce. One further advantage to the Upper West Side edition: a full liquor license. 380 Columbus Avenue, 212-873-8880


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6. Gray's Papaya - The natural-skin franks at this Upper West Side cheap-eats institution are every bit as good as Nathan's - in fact they're made in the same New Jersey factory. This relentlessly yellow joint hops 24 hours a day, and we can't think of a better symbol of Upper West Side fast eats. Mustard is a given. Your only dilemma: onions or kraut? 2090 Broadway, 212-799-0243


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5. Caffe Storico - Nowadays we've come to expect great restaurants in the city's museums, but in the New-York Historical Society? There amid the staid exhibits of bygone buildings and framed bird prints, find one of the Upper West's greatest refectories, purveying Italian dishes small and large such as the wonderful whipped baccala (potatoes, olive oil, and salt cod) shown below. Wash it down with wines from a distinguished list. 170 Central Park West, 212-485-9211
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Location Info

Gazala

380 Columbus Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Gray's Papaya

2090 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Caffe Storico

170 Central Park W., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Osteria Cotta

513 Columbus Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Boulud Sud

20 W. 64th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Telepan

72 W. 69th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Jacob's Pickles

509 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Thai Market

960 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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