Upland

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Chef Justin Smillie is in partnership with Stephen Starr (Buddakan, Morimoto) at this lovely, warmly lit Park Avenue South restaurant where he layers a California sensibility over an Italian foundation. Upland is Smillie's hometown in Southern California, but he became known for Italian food during a celebrated stint at NoHo's Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. A few Asian and Spanish accents flavor pasta, fish and meat dishes, which change seasonally. The copper-trimmed bar is like theater in the round, encircled by comfortable booths and tables dressed in gingham. Wine bottles and jars of preserved lemons and artichokes line shelves, evoking a high-design country store. Though it's not your typical pizza place at all, pizzas are a highlight, such as the dreamy white truffle with creamy stracciatella and 24-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano.

345 Park Ave. S.
Manhattan, NY 10010
  (212) 686-1006
  Hours: Mon.–Sat., 5pm–11pm; Sun., 5pm–10pm


Cuisine
Italian
Amenities
Private Function Room(s)
Miscellaneous
Good for Groups
Notable Chef
Reservations Accepted
Payment Types
Credit Cards Accepted
Price
$$$$

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