Restaurants Can Reopen Indoor Dining on Wednesday; Here’s How Some Local Spots are Preparing

Restaurants city-wide are gearing up for the start of indoor dining, which can begin this Wednesday at 25% capacity. Many Upper West Side restaurant owners and man … Read the rest of this entry >>

Outdoor Dining Will Continue In the Winter and Beyond; Heat Lamps Allowed Too

Mayor de Blasio said the city will allow restaurants to set up seating outside year-round, and the policy will continue indefinitely. De Blasio … Read the rest of this entry >>

Indoor Dining Set to Start Back Up in New York City on September 30

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced on Wednesday that indoor dining in New York City will be allowed to start up again on September 30th with a 25% occupancy l … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Section of Amsterdam Avenue Becomes Restaurant Row on Weekends Starting Saturday; Here’s How It Will Work

Amsterdam Avenue will be blocked off to traffic from 97th to 110th Street on the weekends from August 8 to October 31 as part of the city's plan to make it e … Read the rest of this entry >>

13 Blocks of the Upper West Side Approved for Traffic-Less Outdoor Dining

Amsterdam Avenue between 97th and 110th Streets will be blocked off as an "open street" for restaurants to operate outdoors starting this weekend, the mayor anno … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community Board Debates How to Help Restaurants Handle Outdoor Dining and Stay Safe, But Comes to Few Conclusions

At the Community Board 7 Business and Consumer Issues Committee meeting on July 8, the committee discussed the current safety hazards posed to communities by resta … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Will Delay Reopening Bars and Restaurants Inside; 4 of 5 Restaurants Didn’t Pay June Rent

Restaurants were expected to open for in-person dining on July 6, this coming Monday. But mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo said on Wedn … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Restaurants Get Creative About Outdoor Seating

Restaurant owners are improvising to find ways to seat people outside during the Phase 2 reopening in New York. On the Upper West Side, … Read the rest of this entry >>

Restaurants Start Placing Tables in Streets and Parking Spots; Here are Some That are Opening Outside

The outdoor furniture has been dusted off and placed six feet apart, “outdoor seating” signs have been posted, and customers are more than … Read the rest of this entry >>

Columbus Avenue Business Owners Call for Visionary New Dining Plan; One Starts Prepping for Phase 3

A cluster of Columbus Avenue business owners, reeling from months of revenue loss due to the pandemic, are calling on city officials for a radical new … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community Board Supports Temporary Outdoor Restaurants, But the Details Could Get Tricky

If local leaders have their way, an expanded version of al fresco dining may be coming to the Upper West Side. After discussion and debate, the Busi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Is It Time to Move Restaurants Outside? Wednesday Meeting Will Consider Options

Covid-19 can spread quickly in crowded indoor spaces, making it difficult for restaurants to create safe spaces for nervous customers. But some people in the industr … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Menus in a Drawer Spark Delicious Memories

Doc Rich Weiss found some old menus and sent us a photo of them, writing a little about what makes those memories special. The restaurants featured in … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend Column: The Comeback For One Bar & Grill Will Take Creativity and All Hands on Deck

When I opened Hi-Life Bar & Grill, on the corner of Amsterdam and 83rd Street, in 1991, the Upper West Side was just beginning its retail and restaurant renais … Read the rest of this entry >>

Reopenings: Francesco Pizzeria, Starbucks (63rd Street), Chirping Chicken, Telio/Perfecto Pizza, La Sirene

Introducing a wonderful new feature: Reopenings! We’ll post them as soon as we get word of them. Right now, restaurants fill the … Read the rest of this entry >>

An App That Can Tell You Which Restaurants are Open on the UWS — And Much More

WhatToOrder, a recently released restaurant search app, aims to be the Google of New York City restaurants and the dishes they serve and ingredients they … Read the rest of this entry >>

Where are the Open Restaurants? Generous Geniuses Convert Our List Into a Handy Map

Two enterprising and philanthropic readers each had the same idea this week -- to turn our list of restaurants that are still offering delivery and takeout into a map. … Read the rest of this entry >>

More Than 100 UWS Restaurants That Are Open For Takeout and Delivery: A List

The Upper West Side would hardly be a neighborhood without its restaurants. Aside from employing hundreds of thousands of New York … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Hungry Reporter Makes the Rounds on Sunday Night

Pio Pio? Closed. Café Luxembourg? Closed. Barney Greengrass? Open. “It’s a new normal. The earth turned on a dime. I feel like we’re going into Armageddon,” said Gary Greengrass, propr … Read the rest of this entry >>

Restaurants are Suffering; Some Find Creative Ways to Keep Serving Upper West Siders

As COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming pace, lives have become topsy-turvy in a matter of days. Nothing is normal and things are changing by the mi … Read the rest of this entry >>