Elea is a Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can have a great meal and also pretend you’re downtown. There’s a bar area upstairs and a big dining room in the basement, and it’s perfect for a somewhat upscale dinner that isn’t insanely expensive. Your options range from salads to lamb chops to a whole grilled fish - just be sure to start with a few of the dips (we especially like the hummus), and try to not fill up on the complimentary bread. Also, make a reservation. As mentioned, this is the rare sort of uptown spot that feels like something you’d find below 34th Street, and as a result, it gets very busy.
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Dive 75 isn’t quite a dive. Nor is it a cocktail bar. It’s just a nice little bar with board games and couches on the UWS.
We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
Gazala’s is a Middle Eastern restaurant on the Upper West Side where you can get a casual meal that involves a big mezze platter.
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Ela Taverna isn’t too special, although it’s a little better than your run-of-the-mill Greek, and it’s good for an easy dinner in Williamsburg.
Astoria Seafood is a seafood market and restaurant where you pick your fish and tell them how you’d like it cooked.
Zenon Taverna is a Greek-Cypriot restaurant in Astoria where you can get a great, affordable prix-fixe with an excessive amount of (very good) food.
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Finally, the kind of restaurant the Upper West Side has long been starved for. The Ribbon has style and substance and does classic food right.
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
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