Zabar’s is kind of like a cross between Russ & Daughters and Dean & Deluca. The gourmet deli and grocer has been in the same location for over 80 years, selling high-quality cheese, meats, and baked goods - but they’re famous for their smoked fish. We like the nova breakfast sandwich, but you also can’t go wrong with the classic pastrami sandwich or any of the soups. Eat a bagel with smoked fish and some chocolate babka while you read the morning paper, and you will feel like you’ve lived in this city for way more than three years.
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Good Enough To Eat
The Upper West Side may not be flush with noteworthy dining out options, but they certainly have one meal on lockdown – brunch. Good Enough To Eat has been an institution up in these parts for a good 30 years, and a spot we'll happily go to for simple, heavy handed home cooking.
Caledonia is a small whiskey bar on the Upper West Side that works for anything from a date to a drink with your parents.
Levain Bakery on the UWS makes some of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. You just have to wait for them.
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Madre is a seasonal American restaurant in the bottom of a boutique hotel in Greenpoint, with food that’s better than most other hotel restaurants.
Lincoln Station is a nice, big coffee shop in Prospect Heights where you can also get a good sandwich or some rotisserie chicken.
Eastfield’s is a sort-of-healthy restaurant on the UES where you can bring a date and pretend you’re downtown.
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