The Upper West Side of New York City spans between 59th and 110th Streets west of Central Park. This picture postcard looking neighborhood includes historic brownstones, Columbia University, great shopping and under the radar restaurants. Read on to find out our favorite weekly indoor and outdoor market, a restaurant worthy of Food Network, a wine bar owned by a model and actress and where J-Lo and Gayle King were recently spotted eating comfort classics.
Grand Bazaar NYC is Manhattan’s largest weekly curated indoor and outdoor market located at 100 West 77th Street. Local and tourists alike can come out to find 70+ independent vintage vendors and dealers selling rare and unique vintage collectibles, furniture, fashion, handbags, jewelry, records, posters, and furniture. On Sunday, February 11th from 10am to 5:30pm don’t miss Grand Bazaar NYC’s Sweethearts Bazaar. You and your Valentine can explore unique NYC artisans and indie antique/vintage dealers, all while enjoying some tasty treats from vendors like Cereally baked; cereal inspired cookies like Fruitfetti made with Fruity Pebbles cereal The indoor and outdoor market is open every Sunday from 10am – 5:30pm rain or shine.
2. A.G. Kitchen
A.G. Kitchen just celebrated its 5th anniversary this month and serves Latin comfort classics as well as creative preparations of burgers, Brazilian style roasted chicken, and over the top paellas. From hosting “The Melting Pot” on The Food Network, Alex Garcia, chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author has dedicated his career to the celebration of Latin culture specifically through its cuisine. A native Cuban, Garcia’s family taught him to appreciate the simplicity of ingredients and the power of conviviality centered around the table. Don’t miss their special El Catalan hot chocolate, made in honor of the restaurant’s 5th anniversary, which is made with creamy thick hot chocolate, caramelized crema catalana foam and a churro stick.
For more information please visit http://www.agkitchen.com.
3. Zen Taco
The new Latin & Asian inspired eatery located on 85th and Columbus brings a delicious fusion to the UWS. Executive Chef Rene Garcia and owner Jeremy Wladis teamed up to create a menu that features a variety of tacos, bowls, noodles and poke all with a twist. Choose from items such as The Crowd Pleaser; chicken, pico de gallo, queso fresco, chipotle mayo, and pickled onions in a corn tortilla or a latin rice and black beans bowl and more. In addition to their lunch and dinner menu, Zen Taco offers popsicles, which are are made in house and have no added sugar. These delectable popsicles can come alone or paired with with perfect mixes of your favorite spirits, such as The Cake Pop with Stoli Vanilla, Amaretto.
If Jennifer Lopez likes it, it must be great! Good Enough to Eat (520 Columbus Ave) has served classic American home cooking food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch at this farmhouse themed restaurant since 1981. You can find signature, wholesome, mouth-watering and ample plates of comforts like Macaroni and Cheese, Lemon Parmesan Chicken, Pecan Trout, Caesar Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, the now legendary Meatloaf and Turkey Dinners and their wide assortment of pies with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Located at 286 Columbus Ave, this cozy wine bar and restaurant serves French and Italian inspired dishes with a southern twist. Guyer’s is considered the “Cheers” of the Upper West Side, owned and operated by actress, model and neighbor Cindy Guyer. The menu includes options such as truffle pizza, mini burgers, beet salad and tuna tartare complemented by an eclectic assortment of wines from around the world.
– Lauren Wire