Best Restaurants in the West 80s

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the West 80s. 

Barney Greengrass
Brunch · West 80s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

An “essential” UWS “institution” , this circa-1908 “temple to smoked fish” “still reigns” with its “fabulous fresh bagels” , “silky” nova and other “quintessential” Jewish deli fare; on weekends service turns more “brusque” and the “cramped” space gets “chaotic” , but “so what?” – it's “part of the charm.”
Sushi · West 80s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Sublimely fresh” sushi and “inventive” cooked dishes keep these “sophisticated” Japanese eateries “packed” with “neighborhood” types; “prompt, friendly” servers man the “modern” surrounds, further justifying prices deemed slightly “more expensive” than some competitors.
Italian · West 80s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

“Down-home” Neapolitan cooking, “excellent” wood-fired pizzas and “standout” cheese plates add up to a “molto buono” dining experience at this UWS “gem” ; a “cramped” space, no reservations and no credit cards are part of the deal, “but for the price you can get over it.”
Luke's Lobster Upper West Side
Seafood · West 80s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

When “you can’t make it to Maine” , this “standout” seafood chain’s “real-deal” lobster rolls – “chock-full” of “succulent” meat with “no filler” – are just about the “closest you’ll get” (and “priced accordingly” ); the “utilitarian” , counter-serve setups suggest “takeout” , though wine and beer poured at some branches encourages lingering.
The Milling Room
American · West 80s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

A "well-curated" New American menu with "flair” is matched by a "gorgeous" dining room at this "sprawling" Upper Westsider; the “welcoming” vibe spills over to the “big” bar where “delicious cocktails” help keep things “lively.”
Crave Fishbar
West 80s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Popular” neighborhood “standouts” , these seafood spots specialize in “fresh” sustainable catch “well prepared” with “interesting” flavors; the “modern” digs host an “energetic” scene, especially during happy hour, when “you’ve gotta love those dollar oysters.”
Pizzeria Sirenetta
Italian · West 80s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

An instant UWS “staple” , this Mermaid Inn sibling fires up “killer” Neapolitan pizzas alongside “creative” pastas and “simple yet delicious” small plates; though it “can be noisy” , the “crisp” white-brick space is sufficiently “charming” for a “casual” meal.
Bustan NYC
Italian · West 80s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

A neighborhood “favorite” , this “warm” Upper Westsider supplies “shockingly good” dishes from “all around the Mediterranean” (including “fabulous flatbreads” ) via a “welcoming” staff; while the arty interior can be “packed” and “noisy” , the “sweet garden” is “a real draw.”