Must-See Upper West Side
by nycgo.com staff, 12/02/2014
Barney Greengrass. Photo: Marley White
In a city that takes bagels and lox seriously, Barney Greengrass rises to the occasion—and also serves plenty of other fish, soups and sides. The dine-in portion of Zabar's (also a popular supermarket) and Barney Greengrass are places where you see generations of visitors and Upper West Side locals dining together—old-timers who could have ordered a bagel with a schmear 60 years ago next to kids who first stepped in there after the advent of gluten-free rugelach. Barney Greengrass opened its doors in 1908 (its current location dates to 1929), and Zabar's in 1934; unless you look out the window, you'll feel like you stepped into a time machine. Says Gary Greengrass himself (Barney's grandson, who's been in the family business for more than three decades), "People who move to the suburbs, to California or the Midwest or Washington—they come back 10 years later and everything is the same; it's comforting to them."
Tangled Vine is a new(er) kid in town—but what this wine-focused restaurant lacks in years, it makes up for in flavor. With more than 40 wines offered by the glass, plus an additional 225 by the bottle, you'll find the perfect pairing for dishes like ravioli Bolognese, pork belly sliders and mushroom-and-cheese rice balls. Vegans and their friends will want to check out PeaceFood Café, a place for satisfying bites like chickpea fries and a pan-seared French horn mushroom panini.