zagat.com – zagat.com
The Upper West Side’s dining scene has been heating up over the last few years thanks to uptown expansions and trendy newcomers that are helping to liven up the roster of mostly casual neighborhood eateries. And in recent months, the blocks between Lincoln Center and Columbia have seen new and improved operations spring up that touch on all the trends defining New York City dining right now: craft beer, fried chicken, Neapolitan pizza and more. Here are 10 spots to try on the Upper West Side.
The Ribbon: The latest from the Blue Ribbon empire and its first foray northwest of 59th Street, The Ribbon represents the Bromberg brothers’ mission to create an upscale family dining destination in the neighborhood. Their unique brand of comfort food is very much intact and the expansive menu shows an eclectic mix of French, Italian and American influences. The fried chicken that many associate with Blue Ribbon makes an appearance every Sunday and Monday night. There’s a raw bar, three types of pâté, hearty prime ribs of pork and beef, and burgers in beef and veggie versions. The 200-seat space is dark and cozy with leather booths, a long bar and an open kitchen. 20 W. 72nd St.; 212-787-5656