As fairly new residents of Manhattan's Upper West Side, Jay and I have been trying to sample as many of the local restaurants as we can. So what better way to try a lot of restaurants in one place than by attending the New Taste of the Upper West Side's "Best of the West" event? (Disclosure: We attended as press, so had our tickets to this event comped.)
In a huge tent on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets, we sampled dishes from more than 40 UWS restaurants, some we'd already tried and enjoyed (like Graffit, Fishtag, Kefi, Dovetail, Lincoln, La Boite en Bois, Atlantic Grill, and Blue Ribbon Sushi - okay, maybe we've already tried a number of places in our new nabe!), and some we still need to try (like Columbus Tavern, Bar Boulud, Picholine, and Alice's Tea Cup).