Where: 345 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)
Why: This California inspired restaurant by the chef, Justin Smillie, goes back to the roots of California cuisine, blending Italian fares with creative American bites, along with an extensive, worldly wine list (500+), upland is surely worth a visit.
Named one of Jetsetter’s Hottest Tables in NYC and one of the New York Times’ top restaurants of 2015, Upland happens to be one of my favorite NYC restaurants and is still one of the hardest reservations to snag in NYC. (During my last visit it took me three weeks). Everything on the menu is simply delicious and in my opinion worth a try. Even ordering what may seem like “ordinary” chicken transforms into something succulent at Upland. Seriously, I’m not playing, even the complimentary Bread is delicious.
Here are MY TOP FIVE RECOMMENDATIONS AT UPLAND
Estrella (chicken liver, sherry, rosemary + sage)
Crispy duck wings (with lemon, olive oil + yuzu kosho)
Smoked salmon pizza cloumage, sunflower sprouts + caper berries or the sausage + kale pizza young pecorino, stracciatella + parmigiano Photo via Facebook
Upland cheeseburger grass fed beef, american cheese, peppadew peppers + avocado Photo via Facebook
Last but not least, don’t forget your
Try the Broccoli Rabe ‘nduja, crispy parmigiano + breadcrumbs (not pictured) or the
Blistered Shishito Peppers (pictured below)
blistered shishito peppers