Must-See Upper West Side
by nycgo.com staff, 12/02/2014
The Leopard at des Artistes. Photo: Marley White
Man cannot live on brunch alone (though Upper West Siders might try). Fortunately, there's a long menu of area places to sit down for a swank dinner. Among them: Asian-fusion dim sum favorite RedFarm; new-kid-on-the-block Mediterranean eatery Tessa, whose desserts like dulce de leche pot de creme and lemon-thyme and ginger panna cotta have generated as much buzz as the main courses; The Leopard at des Artistes, which picks up where the beloved Café des Artistes left off (and preserves the Howard Chandler Christy paintings from its predecessor); and Bar Boulud, which, thanks to its eponymous chef, Daniel Boulud, needs no introduction. Bar Boulud's location makes it a popular place to stop for a meal and a few glasses of wine before or after a performance at nearby Lincoln Center.
Jean-Georges, one of the world's top-rated French restaurants (it has received three Michelin stars), is a place to have a fine-dining experience—the staff attends to every detail in the food and service. At Tom Valenti's Ouest, diners settle into red leather booths, sip martinis with orange zest and onion-stuffed olives and dine on farm-fresh dishes like local scallops with potato puree and pea tendrils or hanger steak with polenta and red wine sauce. Pairings are the name of the game at Michael Psilakis' Mediterranean seafood spot, Fish Tag, where wine, beer and cocktails are matched with savory dishes like grilled prawn bruschetta, smoked octopus, tilefish ceviche and grilled oyster mushrooms. Finally, inside the Time Warner Center's gleaming glass towers are acclaimed restaurants like A Voce, Landmarc and Thomas Keller's Per Se.