The Upper West Side has plenty of gourmet restaurants that receive awards and recognition, but some of the more affordable spots are also being noticed.
Michelin released its “Bib Gourmand” list this week, highlighting restaurants that feed you well without breaking the bank. Here they are:
Amelie, 566 Amsterdam Avenue (87th-88th): Amelie is technically a wine bar, but it’s got a full restaurant too and has been recognized by Michelin before. “From the French chefs, staff and owners, to that nation’s culinary favorites (moules, but of course!), Amelie is the embodiment of that winsome neighborhood bistro of your dreams,” Michelin said.
Atlas Kitchen, 258 West 109th Street: The Chinese restaurant opened last year, and has been praised for the authenticity of its dishes.
Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread, 366 West 110th Street: If you like Southern food, you’ll probably like Miss Mamie’s. “This tiny institution sports a bright, clean dining room, and is furnished with comfortable wicker chairs, roomy tables, and lots of flower arrangements. But despite its somewhat sophisticated appearance, the kitchen still embraces such tried-and-true classics as fried chicken thighs with black-eyed peas and collard greens, Louisiana catfish, and a creamy red velvet cake for dessert,” said Michelin.
And two restaurant chains that have locations in the neighborhood also won.
Jin Ramen, 462 Amsterdam Avenue (82nd-83rd): The Morningside Heights location of Jin Ramen won, but there’s also one on the UWS. “All you really need to know is that this is hands-down the best ramen above 59th Street.,” Michelin said.
And JG Melon, an Upper East Side diner, was also cited. JG Melon opened a UWS restaurant at 480 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd) last year. “Posterity will remember J.G. Melon as a classic and coveted New York institution. Make your way into this cave set upon a cozy Upper East corner, where the timeless vibe and cheery staff make up most of its allure,” said Michelin.