Best Wheelchair-Friendly Restaurants in Uptown Manhattan

From our friends at the NYC Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities
December 18, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Dining out at delicious Zagat-rated restaurants should be an experience enjoyed by all, but that can be increasingly difficult in a city that wasn't necessarily designed for accessibility. Luckily the Restaurant Access Program, created by the NYC Mayor's Office For People With Disabilities and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has compiled a list of restaurants compliant with their program. Below we've selected some of our top picks in Uptown Manhattan that are wheelchair-friendly venues, from sushi to Caribbean fare.

Malecon
Latin American · Washington Heights · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

When “you're looking for a fix” of “super-good” “traditional” Dominican fare, it's “hard to beat” these “favorites” known especially for their “mmm” rotisserie chicken slathered in “garlicky goodness” ; “huge portions” at “bargain” prices mean most don't mind if the settings are on the “tacky” side.
Shake Shack
Burger · East 80s · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.4

“Premium fast food” is the draw at this “widely syndicated” Danny Meyer chain, offering “mouthwatering” burgers, “rich shakes” and other “upgraded” eats (plus beer and wine) at a “manageable price” ; they’re “a magnet” for “legions of fans” who can create “hectic scenes” and “insane lines” , especially at the “landmark” Madison Square Park shack “where it all started.”
Kappo Masa
Japanese · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

You’re “in the hands of a master” at chef Masa Takayama’s “serene” UES Japanese below Gagosian Gallery, where “delicate” sushi made from the “freshest-quality” fish is offered alongside a diverse array of cooked dishes; “painfully expensive” tabs are no surprise given the “elegant” surrounds and ritzy zip code.
Jin Ramen
Japanese · West 80s · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Slurp-alicious” bowls of hand-pulled noodles will “warm you up” at these “inexpensive” ramen shops where the “limited” menu is dispatched in “timely” fashion; the wood-lined spaces are “small and cramped” , so prepare for a “wait at peak times.”
Lolo's Seafood Shack
Seafood · Harlem · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

This “tiny” Harlem seafood specialist rolls out a “delectable” mix of New England summer fare and Caribbean street eats, offering “sloppy-casual” dishes like conch fritters and steampots with an array of sauces; while the counter-order space is “rough” , it suits the eats, and there’s patio seating out back.
Awadh
West 90s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“A far cry” from your average Indian eatery, this “contemporary” UWS duplex showcases “high-end” Awadhi cuisine “innovatively prepared” with “complex” flavors; service ranges from “prompt” to “spotty” , but it’s still hailed as a “gem” whose “flair” is “no longer a secret.”
BO's Bagels
Brunch · Harlem · $

What began with a couple making their own bagels at home has turned into this daytime Harlem shop attracting long lines for its handmade rounds in traditional varieties (plus a three-cheese flavor) with an array of spreads. Look out for deli offerings too.