Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Upper West Side

by Alyssa Grossman, 10/08/2013

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  • Casual Dining
    If you're looking for a completely laid-back culinary experience, you'll find that here, too. In a city that takes its bagels and lox seriously, Barney Greengrass rises to the occasion—and also serves plenty of other fish, soups and sides. Sure, you could grab a meal and go, but to fully soak up the true character of this classic New York City appetizing joint—which opened its doors in 1908—you'll want to stick around for a sit-down meal. 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 pappardelle Bolognese, pork belly and beer-battered fish. Dining with kids? The abundance of strollers at the entrance to Ditch Plains should be the first clue that this place is ready to accommodate your family. It's all about comfort food here, with daily specials like a $30 lobster bake on Sundays and Mondays. Our advice: order several appetizers for a shareable meal. After all, choosing between warm crab dip, deviled eggs, fried pickles and pig wings is a decision no one should have to face.


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