I am going to be on the Upper West Side of NYC for a few days and am looking for some restaurant recommendations - thank you!
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2 near Lincoln Center:
Atlantic Grill (http://www.atlanticgrill.com/)
Nice Matin (http://www.nicematinnyc.com/) west 79th
Time Warner Center at 59th/Columbus Circle has some very expensive restaurants that are special( http://www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com/restaurants-and-bars)
Vegan -Candle Cafe (http://www.candlecafe.com/west/) 89/bway
Celeste on Amsterdam Ave between 84th and 85th St. The restaurant is a neighborhood institution and always packed. It's' on the casual side and reasonably priced. No reservations and cash only.
Another vote for Telepan, one of the city's best farm-to-table restaurants; I like Nice Matin too. Also excellent, but more expensive, are Daniel Boulud's two places across from Lincoln Center, Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud.
I love The Lincoln - when we were there last they had a mix and match negroni bar. If you sit at the bar, you have a beautiful view out of the big glass windows. Also, for more casual bistro fare, Cafe Luxembourg is also fantastic.
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Amsterdam between 73rd and 74th
Barney Greengrass (a Sunday institution for bagels and lox)
Amsterdam between 86th and 87th
Gray’s Papaya – 72nd and Broadway
Hot dogs! (to grab as sidewalk food)
Red Rooster (West African)
Lenox between 125th and 126th
The Boathouse in Central Park. Food is average but it is a *very* pretty place. Don't go on a Saturday or Sunday... wait times are too long.