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A Foodie Guide to the Best Upper West Side Restaurants

May 09 2018 | Dining

It’s walkable, family-friendly, and a great place to visit, especially if you want to experience the best of New York City. We’re talking, of course, about the Upper West Side. This is the home of Hotel Beacon, so we’re obviously a bit biased. But there are a million reasons people love this part of the city — and one of them is the food. There’s always something new to taste. So here’s our starter guide for you foodies out there.

Marlow Bistro

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Warm and welcoming, Marlow Bistro has great food and a great atmosphere with exposed brick and charming outdoor seating. You’ll enjoy chef Zivko Radojcic’s expression of modern Mediterranean food as the menu perfectly combines Mediterranean roots with a European sensibility. Many of the ingredients are sourced from local organic farms.

Getting there: Marlow Bistro is just about two miles north of Hotel Beacon at 1018 Amsterdam Ave.

Sushi of Gari

Cuisine: Japanese

Masatoshi, “Gari” Sugio first came to the United States to help a friend open his new Japanese restaurant in NYC. After seeing the way many Americans use soy sauce by dipping the full piece of sushi, Gari created his own brand of sauce to put directly on the sushi during the preparation stage. The result? The true taste of sushi. You can experience it at Sushi Of Gari.

Getting there: Sushi of Gari is just half a mile away from Hotel Beacon at 370 Columbus Ave.

White Gold Butchers

Cuisine: Meat, American

An all-female staff. Whole animals — raised in upstate New York —  skillfully butchered into steaks and chops. Chef April Bloomfield’s White Gold Butchers is both a butcher shop and a restaurant. One visit here and you’ll understand why people do both — dine in and take out.

Getting there: A short, five-minute walk will get you to White Gold Butchers from Hotel Beacon.

Nice Matine

Cuisine: French

Experience an inventive menu of French cuisines, some dishes classic in their presentation, and others with an all-new interpretation. Nice Matine is a great spot for outdoor dining and has a huge wine list — 2,500 selections, highlighting mature wines, mostly from Bordeaux and Provence, alongside the rest of France, Classic Europe, California and a smaller selection of the rest of the New World classics.

Getting there: Nice Matine is less than a half-mile north of Hotel Beacon.

Levain Bakery

Cuisine: Baked goods

The mission? Create the world’s best chocolate chip cookie. Mission accomplished? You decide. Just head to Levain Bakery. We think your answer will probably come in the form of muffled, jubilant praise as you devour Levain Bakery signature crispy-outside, gooey-on-the-inside treats.  The New York Times says these "may possibly be the largest, most divine chocolate chip cookies in Manhattan."

Getting there: It could hardly be closer! Just a two-minute walk to 167 W 74th St.

Finally, if you’re looking for something even closer to us, head to Beacon Bar for a style and sophistication in a spacious and relaxing atmosphere. A great selection of wines, beers, and inventive cocktails is waiting.