The Mary-Kate Olsen to the Upper East Side's Ashley, the Upper West Side, labeled a dining wasteland, has long shivered under a cloud of misunderstanding. And while it's impossible to ignore the massive uptick in real estate development and mallification the area's undergone, the neighborhood's opti ... More >>
Dish no. 11: Banana leaf-wrapped blue crab fried rice from Sura (2656 Broadway, 212-665-8888)
Pedestrian deaths in New York City are on pace to eclipse homicides in 2014.
Good morning/nearly afternoon! While you (we) were sleeping off that fifth rum and coke, our good friend and creeping British menace Banksy struck again. After his vaginal foray into the wilds of Staten Island yesterday, he hit the brunch-mobbed Upper West Side with this adorable child intent on des ... More >>
Early this morning reports emerged that the block of West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was closed due to NYPD activity, and now we know why. A building crane on 157 W. 57th malfunctioned while hoisting a load up the building. Get this: This is the second time a crane has gone haywir ... More >>
Dear big developers: Not every tax break is worth a bad headline. Extell Development Company is building a 274-unit luxury condo building in the Upper West Side, with plans to put in a separate door for people living in its planned below-market-rate units. The reason? It's a workaround enabled by th ... More >>
A tipster sent us this photo of an elaborately adorned person/tree hanging out on the Upper West Side.* Said tipster writes: "Saw him yesterday walking down 106th, near Broadway, while at gym. Probably 8-9' tall on stilts, had to duck under deck scaffolding and was agile in doing so. Saw again toda ... More >>
Burger patties flaming in the window of Big Nick's Four years ago, FiTR inaugurated the Our 10 Best series. For most of that time, we've put it up at 8 a.m. on Friday mornings -- but now we're going to start posting it Monday morning at 7 a.m. instead. This coming Monday, look for Our 10 Best Uppe ... More >>
The offending piece of fish (click on image to enlarge) Even the best restaurants make mistakes. Common ones include spilling a glass of water in the lap of a customer, who, of course, has no dry set of clothes; delaying the appearance of a dish by an unconscionable length of time, say one hour af ... More >>
We're almost two weeks into January, and for those of you still dieting, we offer our congratulations--reluctantly. It can't be easy to live in a food city such as New York and spend your days and nights chugging down BluePrint Cleanse cashew drinks and eating raw kale chips. So bravo, we guess. Now ... More >>
You read it right -- pastrami sandwiches for only $2.50 each. A street cart parked at the southeast corner of 72nd Street and Broadway, the crossroads of the Upper West Side, has started outflanking area delis by offering a hot pastrami sandwich at the incredible price of $2.50. Typical pastrami s ... More >>
Police are searching for help to capture a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman in her Upper West Side apartment elevator.Early Tuesday morning around 2:30 a.m., the victim was just returning to her apartment. She was being followed. A young, fit Hispanic male with dark hair, a ... More >>
This luscious squash and pecan tart could be the seasonal conclusion to your meal. CIA grad Bill Telepan had worked at Le Cirque, Gotham, and Ansonia - the first really ambitious restaurant on the Upper West Side - when he was propelled to fame by a 3-star Times review of Judson Grill. After the u ... More >>
Another Spanish tapas and wine restaurant is coming to town. From restaurateur Sid Gupta (Pappardella, Village Pourhouse, Hudson Terrace, Little Town) and Marion Maur (who most recently ran her own restaurant Marion's Country Kitchen for five years in Woodstock), Casa Pomona will be debuting on the ... More >>
Crime citywide is up by 4 percent through last week, pushed largely by an increase in grand larcenies, though there have been 15 percent fewer homicides so far this year over last, NYPD figures through July 8 show. Much more troubling are the larger increases in some of the city's police precincts. ... More >>
Fuel up before your next ride
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know.Lady Gaga's father and chef Art Smith's buzzy new restaurant, Joanne, is open on the Upper West Side. Though it's already been bashed by the Post's Steve Cuozzo, who repo ... More >>
One fish, two fish...Say you come across as intriguing a menu item as "tuna ravioli."
Starbucks, no longer satisfied with being everywhere, has decided to be everywhere even more. The Seattle-based chain bought Evolution, a high-end juice company, Thursday. Execs plan on opening health and wellness-themed stores.[Washington Post]Papasito Grill and Agave Bar's Upper West Side locat ... More >>
Ye ole Upper West Side farmhouse.The Upper West Side is about to get a dose of wholesome, locally sourced food. Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table (680 Columbus Avenue, 212-280-6501) is a new restaurant working with organic and biodynamic ingredients for its menu of American comfort food classics ... More >>
Daniel Boulud will indeed be opening a new restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, as previously rumored. [Toronto Star] More on those in-flight American Airlines meals designed by Richard Sandoval and Marcus Samuelsson. [Chicago Tribune] Occupy Wall Street protesters are sitting o ... More >>
The world's cuisines possess too few bitter dishes -- and clams with linguine in white sauce is one of the best.
What better way to pass a slow summer day than with idle speculation?
H&H Bagels may be closing its iconic Upper West Side store this week, but that doesn't mean its admirers are going to let it go gentle into that good night.
Purple YamBroadway bound.Some encouraging news for Purple Yam fans who are weary of the Q train: the Ditmas Park Filipino restaurant will soon have two outposts on the Upper West Side, thanks to the NYC Parks Department.
flickr/rdpeytonFlex those musselsAccording to Crain's New York, Flex Mussels owners Alex, Bobby, and Laura Shapiro's bivalve business has done so well over the past three years since its opening, in addition to their Upper East Side and West Village digs, they're currently scouting for an Upp ... More >>
Jacob B. asks: Where would you take someone who seems to generally prefer chain (or mini-chain) restaurants? Ideally on the Upper West Side, but I'm open to elsewhere in the city. Dear Jacob: A better question: Why does your friend like chain restaurants? Sure, maybe portion sizes are large ... More >>
Dave Schuttenberg, formerly of Fatty Crab on the Upper West Side, will be the new chef at Dickson's Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market, replacing Gabriel Ross. [NY Times] Nate Appleman, of Chipotle's, won Chopped All-Stars, going up against Michael Proietti, Anne Burrell, and Aaron Sanchez. ... More >>
Suspected muggerA little guy who may not even be out of his teens is suspected of being a cell-phone bandit who stalks his victims, strikes up conversations with them, and then snatches their property at the point of a gun or knife, cops say. So far, the 18- to 22-year-old, only 5-5 and no more ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Satsko on the Lower East Side has been shuttered recently and plastered with bright orange "seizure" stickers, apparently due to state taxes owed. [Bowery Boogie] Salt & Pepper in Midtown West ... More >>
Tarallucci e Vino, the Italian café and wine bar chainlet with three downtown locations, spawned an Upper West Side outpost earlier today. It's located at 475 Columbus Avenue, near West 83rd Street, and it'll be serving breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. In the evenings, it will bec ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Benito's One Restaurant has been evicted from its Little Italy space and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, with some $481,000 in liabilities. [Crain's] La Bonne Bouffe in the East Village ha ... More >>
Anthi's Greek Food opened a few weeks ago on Amsterdam Avenue. Hidden among a strip of businesses that include a deli, dry cleaner, hair salon, and barbershop, it's so small that it doesn't even get a full street number -- finding its address, 614A, brings to mind Harry Potter's secret trai ... More >>
Just in time for tomorrow's midterm elections, the following video -- by the finest working act in hip-hop sketch comedy, It's The Real (three white, mostly-Jewish guys living on the Upper West Side) -- comes this: "My Girl's A Republican."
The NYPD has released a sketch of a man wanted for two sexual assault/robberies on the Upper West Side. The first happened in May at about 1 a.m. in the vicinity of Manhattan Avenue and Columbus Avenue. The suspect approached the victim, a 30-year-old female, inside an elevator, groped her, s ... More >>
An English professor from Manhattan was forcibly ejected from an Upper West Side Starbucks after refusing to order her bagel "without butter or cheese," which she claimed was linguistically stupid. [NY Post] Fruits and vegetables are ripening early this year due to warm weather, likely leadi ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Gazala PlaceGazala HalabiThe Upper West Side will soon be able to get a taste of the spinach boreks and excellent Druze cuisine that has so endeared Fork in the Road to Gazala Place: the tiny Hell's Kitchen restaurant is opening a second location on the Upper West Side.
Robert SietsemaOur Man Sietsema called Kesté's margherita "an enduring thing of beauty."Some disappointing news for Neapolitan pizza freaks on the Upper West Side: it looks like Kesté won't be opening a pizzeria there after all. At least not anytime soon.
The Upper West Side sips and nibbles a bit of Spain
Good morning! In case you fell into a hole over the weekend (no judgments from us), here's your list of what everybody will be talking about today: • There was a 7-alarm fire at Grand Street and Allen (285 and 283 Grand) in Chinatown last night, bringing more than 250 firefighters and 60 f ... More >>
nromagna/FlickrBeauteous bomboloni.Behold, more fried dough fetishization: following months of delays, Bomboloni has opened on the Upper West Side. A project of David Ruggerio, who owns the neighborhood restaurant's Lansky's Old World Deli and Sushi a Go-Go, it will sell, as its name suggests ... More >>
This guy is suspected of bank robbery at 2350 Broadway (between 85th and 86th) on the Upper West Side. At 2:06 p.m., January 20 (Wednesday), he entered a Citibank branch, passed a note demanding money, got an unknown amount, and fled on foot. No one was injured. He's described as 30 to 40 years old ... More >>
The New York Post thinks it's found the tiniest studio in New York City. Reporter Angela Montefinise has a fun story about a couple sharing a 175-square-foot Upper West Side apartment with a couple of cats, but that place is a castle in comparison to the living situation we wrote about last m ... More >>
Couch potatoes can rejoice this week. Not only is Zak Pelaccio's Upper West Side Malaysian-fusion mecca starting delivery service, but more than 100 restaurants around the city are participating in Delivery Week, a stay-at-home version of Restaurant Week. From October 19-31, order dinner at h ... More >>
Renters around town are getting ousted from illegal hotels
A sign of the apocalypse on the first block of Bleecker Street
L-Shaped Studio In 26-Story High-Rise