Best Restaurants in the West 70s

Tops eats on the UWS
October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the West 70s. 

Levain Bakery
Harlem · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.9

“All hail” the “just-out-of-the-oven” chocolate chip cookies at these simple bakeries where the “hockey puck–sized” treats are “dense, gooey and decadent” ; “exceptional” breads, pastries and sandwiches are other reasons to go, just be ready for “impressively long lines” at the “tiny” Upper West Side flagship.
Dovetail
West 70s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Something of a “surprise gem” on the UWS, John Fraser’s “sophisticated” New American delivers “terrific” tasting menu–only cuisine in “chic, modern” and “serene” environs via an “intelligent, caring” crew; “wonderful for special occasions” , it’s unsurprisingly “expensive” – though the ‘Sunday Suppa’ and “veggie-focused Monday” are relative “bargains.”
Gari
West 70s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

The “out-of-body” omakase experience “never fails to amaze” at these Japanese “standard-bearers” from Gari Sugio, long known for their “sublime bites” of “imaginative sushi” ; the “cramped” quarters and “plain decor” are less impressive, but regulars advise “just open your wallet” and “eat at the bar.”
RedFarm
Chinese · West 70s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Intense” flavors and “innovative” preparations make for “unbelievably good” Chinese plates and “contemporary” dim sum (a “strong suit” ) at these “lively” hangs from Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng; “long waits” (no reservations) and “elbow-to-elbow” seating are the downsides, but “incredible” cocktails help ensure “everyone leaves happy.”
Saravanaa Bhavan
West 70s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

“Interesting” dosas are “delicious” standouts at these “bustling” branches of a global chain, where the rest of the South Indian veggie fare is “terrific” too; the settings are “uninspiring” and “service could improve” , but you do get “excellent quality” grub at “reasonable prices.”
Salumeria Rosi
Italian · West 70s · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

A taste of “Italy on the UWS” , this “authentic little gem” is known for its “vast” charcuterie selection and “high-end” cheeses plus “inventive” Italian tapas too; the space is “cramped” but nevermind – “score a table outside” and “watch the neighborhood go by.”
TESSA
Brunch · West 70s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A “well-conceived” menu of “beautifully prepared” grilled dishes and “scrumptious pastas” served by “personable” servers brings Upper Westsiders to this “buzzy” Mediterranean; though the “dark” , industrial-chic dining room can be “noisy” , locals dub it a “keeper.”
Lincoln Square Steak
West 70s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

At this “welcoming” “high-end steakhouse” on the Upper West Side, “charming” servers set down “delicious” prime cuts in a “well-spaced” room with a “colorful” mural, barside pianist and “bordellolike” crimson walls; sure, the tabs skew “pricey” , but it gives rivals “a run for their money.”