The 8 Best Lunch Spots on the Upper West Side

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January 14, 2021
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There’s no shortage of great restaurants in this neighborhood, but many are particularly celebrated for their lunch options. Here are eight of the best restaurants for lunch on the Upper West Side:

1. Fred’s

The first thing you’ll notice when walking into Fred’s is the hundreds of dog photos that cover its walls. They are all dedicated to the restaurant’s namesake — the owners’ black lab. But after eating in this cozy, friendly spot what you’ll remember most is its delectable array of classic American cuisine, including its famous 8oz burgers.

2. Luke’s Lobster

Without question, the best lobster rolls in New York are at Luke’s. Spiced to perfection in and served in a grilled bun, these rolls have justly earned their reputation for being some of the best fast-casual dishes around. A native of Maine, Luke and his team work directly with fishermen to bring traceable, sustainable seafood to New Yorkers.

3. Sarabeth’s

This legendary restaurant dials up the homey vibes to deliver unique takes on breakfast and dinner foods, served all day. You can think of it as an elegant diner, but you’ll keep coming back for the homemade baked goods and preserves that first put Sarabeth’s on the map.

4. Jacob’s Pickles

With a reputation as one of the finest and most indulgent southern-style restaurants in the city, Jacob’s menu of biscuit sandwiches and brunch foods are comfort food at its finest. The restaurant also has a selection of beer and cocktails, but the star is the seven varieties of pickles.

5. Daily Provisions

A block away from the Natural History Museum, Daily Provisions offers afternoon sustenance such as made-to-order sandwiches and rotisserie chicken, not to mention whole loaves of bread to take-away. If you’re looking for a sweet pick-me-up, their crullers have been called the best doughnuts in New York.

6. Nice Matin

Known as the sophisticated heartbeat of the neighborhood, Nice Matin has been an elegant lunch destination for two decades. With a menu featuring the Provençal cuisine of southern France and a wine list famous for winning the Wine Spectator Grand Award, this is a lunch spot you won’t forget.

7. Leyla

Leyla is the place to go for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes in a fine dining environment. If you’ve never had foods like Shakshuka or Mihlama before, this is about as good as it gets without having to buy a plane ticket.

8. Barney Greengrass

They don’t call Barney Greengrass the Sturgeon King for nothing. This Jewish deli is over a century old and an Upper West Side institution, besides boasting one of the finest smoked fish platters in a city that’s famous for them.

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