Neighborhood Guides

Must-See Upper West Side

by staff, 12/02/2014

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  • Brunch Spots
    As we mentioned before, the Upper West Side has a homey, residential feel, so it's no wonder that the area excels at that most comforting of meals: brunch. Come very hungry to Columbus Avenue's always-packed Good Enough to Eat, which offers generous portions of food with a side of cow memorabilia festooning the walls. Dishes like waffles stuffed with bacon, cinnamon-swirl French toast and omelets with Granny Smith apples and sharp cheddar won't do much for your diet, but they may lift your spirits. You'll forget you're in Manhattan at Sarabeth's, whose atmosphere evokes Montauk, Long Island, more than the big city. This upscale, green-awning classic specializes in fun twists on old standbys: dishes include a crisp potato waffle paired with chicken apple sausage and short-rib hash with eggs and jalapeño; a bloody mary can be ramped up with poached shrimp. Caffè Storico, nestled inside the New-York Historical Society, offers diners a glass-windowed view of the institution as they dine on cured meats and cheeses, polenta and eggs with mushroom ragout and other Italian-inspired dishes. And, of course, Zabar's and Barney Greengrass are both fantastic places to pick up bagels and lox—the quintessential NYC morning meal (more on that in slide 6).

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