RedFarm
Barney Greengrass, Inc
Bustan
Island Burgers & Shakes
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Awadh
Jean Georges
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1. RedFarm 2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Ed Schoenfeld's Upper West Side outpost of his West Village original serves the same modern takes on family-style Chinese food in a rustic farmhouse-like space. The super-charged dim sum menu features only-in-New-York plates like egg rolls made with Katz's pastrami. Main dishes run the gamut from roasted duck noodles and fried rice to BBQ pork belly and Peking duck. RedFarm is a bit pricey for Chinese food, but the upscale ambience is worth it.

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2. Absolute Bagels 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

For the best bagels above 100th Street, look no further than this Thai-owned bagelry a few blocks south of Columbia. Absolute greets visitors with a Jenga-esque stack of freshly baked, palm-sized bagels with soft dough, a slightly crusty exterior, and mild sweetness. Service is quick, prices are cheap, and cream cheese is applied generously.

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3. Barney Greengrass 541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Open since 1908, this family-run Jewish deli and appetizing store hasn't changed much in the last century -- and that's a good thing. If Katz's is known for its pastrami, then Barney Greengrass is known for its smoked fish. Come for the sturgeon scrambled eggs and bagel with lox, stay for the potato latkes and cheese blintzes. There's guaranteed to be a wait on Saturday and Sunday mornings at prime brunch time, but it's worth it.

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4. Fred's Restaurant 476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

This Upper West Side institution is known for its enticing brunch options, as well as its quirky canine-themed decor. Guests can enjoy an on-the-house bread basket (highlighting a rotating menu of baked goods alongside house-made spreads), generous entree portions, and a number of cocktails -- all while starting at a glamorous photo of some lucky New Yorker's French bull terrier.

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5. Bustan 487 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Israeli and North African influence come together in a multicultural approach to dining and drinking at the Upper West Side's Bustan. Each meal at this eclectic restaurant begins with steaming, seasoned taboon bread, and the dishes that follow are packed with global flavor and great ingredients, from creamy hummus to fish so fresh it seems surprised to be there. The long booths are cozy, and the colorful decor makes you feel like you’re in some sort of Mediterranean-themed fever dream you'll want to lucidly return to time and again.

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6. Island Burgers & Shakes 422 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Island Burgers & Shakes serves some of the most inventive patties on the UWS. Stop in for large, juicy burgers made to order, and choose from a long list of toppings (fan favorites include crunchy pickles, crispy bacon, and the sautéed onions). The French fries ($4, ordered separately) are lightly dusted in starch mix before being fried, making them ultra-crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

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7. Masa 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

If you'd like to see what makes a meal worth most people's monthly rent, head to Masa. Masayoshi Takayama, chef and owner of this New York City sushi standard, manifests perfection in fresh fish dishes prepared with hyper-conscious attention to flavor interactions and plating techniques. Posted up in the Time Warner Center, you'll forget the bustle of Columbus Circle and the mall crowd below as you indulge on delicate nigiri and mackerel of the highest echelon.

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8. Sushi Yasaka 251 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

This casual and affordable UWS sushi joint is known for doling out super-fresh, high-quality fish daily. Opt for the mini omakase (at just $24) to get a taste of the chef's freshest, most unique picks (you'll be hard pressed to find any omakase for that price elsewhere in NYC).

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9. Awadh 2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

Awadh brings authentic Northern indian cuisine to Manhattan Valley, from an attractive two-level restaurant on Broadway. The Khaas Korma (spiced chicken tikka) is incredibly moist and the Bhindi do Pyas (crispy okra, only available onsite - not for takeout!) gets rave reviews.

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10. Nice Matin 201 West 79th St, New York, NY 10014 (Upper West Side)

This French, white-tableclothed, UWS restaurant draws in regular crowds for its weekend brunch service. As for dinner, you might be tempted to go for one of the classic entrees like the duck breast, steak frites, or grilled octopus, but the 5 Napkin Burger is the right pick. Don't believe us? The dish was so good the owners started a chain devoted to the delicacy. Yeah... THAT 5 Napkin Burger.

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11. Per Se 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 (Hells Kitchen)

Per Se, looming over Columbus Circle since 2004, has grown to become synonymous with haute French-American fine dining. It’s all one would expect from Chef Thomas Keller, the man responsible for internationally lauded French Laundry —widely considered to be America’s best restaurant. In the most formal of dining rooms, a straight-laced and buttoned-up staff serve refined and extravagantly plated (and priced) nine-course contemporary tasting menus that entice the eye as much as the palate. No single dish has elicited more gasps of delight than his signature starter: warm oysters and a scoop of caviar in a savory tapioca pudding. In the time since its peak, critical applause has wained somewhat, but Per Se remains emblematic of haute, and costly, dining in the city, nonetheless.

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12. Telepan 72 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

Taking over two restored townhouses, this upscale eatery delivers the quintessential farm-to-table experience: a fancy-yet-comfortable setting with precisely prepared seasonal vegetables alongside fresh seafood and meat dishes using locally supplied ingredients. Your move here: order the three- or four-course pre-fixe (a solid deal) and an offbeat gem from the eclectic wine list.

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13. Jean-Georges 1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023 (Midtown)

There are plenty of fine dining opportunities in New York City, but none of them can compare to Jean-Georges. Since its opening to critical acclaim in 1997, Jean-Georges has been known for its beautifully crafted dishes that blend French, American, and Asian cultural influences. The menu here changes seasonally and is created with locally sourced ingredients to ensure that every visitor can enjoy a truly exceptional meal.

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14. Boulud Sud & Epicerie Boulud 20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

Setting up side-by-side, these two new Boulud-staurants are taking very different approaches: EB's a dine in/take out market with copious charcuterie, Saxelby-curated cheeses, sandwiches, and an oyster bar, while Sud's an upscale Mediterranean concept boa

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