UPLAND

Located in the Flatiron District in Manhattan, Upland is one of the most coveted reservations in NYC this summer.

For Flashback Friday, I pay homage to the the delicious Estrella from Upland!

Happy Friday

-TBF

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Tasting Notes – The Estrella was served hot in a wide, dark bowl topped with ground, sautéed chicken liver, sherry, rosemary and sage. The Estrella was cooked perfectly “al dente”. The chicken liver had a meaty texture and was deliciously flavored with the sherry, which added a rich, acidic flavor to the pasta. The fresh herbs provided texture. The components were harmonious. This was a meal highlight.

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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

Estrella (chicken liver, sherry, rosemary + sage)

Estrella (chicken liver, sherry, rosemary + sage)

DUCK WINGS

Crispy duck wings lemon, olive oil + yuzu kosho

Crispy duck wings (with lemon, olive oil + yuzu kosho)

PIZZA

Smoked salmon pizza cloumage, sunflower sprouts + caper berries or the sausage + kale pizza young pecorino, stracciatella + parmigiano

Smoked salmon pizza cloumage, sunflower sprouts + caper berries or the sausage + kale pizza young pecorino, stracciatella + parmigiano Photo via Facebook

CHEESEBURGER

Upland cheeseburger grass fed beef, american cheese, peppadew peppers + avocado

Upland cheeseburger grass fed beef, american cheese, peppadew peppers + avocado Photo via Facebook

Last but not least, don’t forget your

VEGETABLES

Try the Broccoli Rabe ‘nduja, crispy parmigiano + breadcrumbs (not pictured) or the
Blistered Shishito Peppers (pictured below)

blistered shishito peppers

blistered shishito peppers

Who: Philadelphia’s most famous restaurateur Stephen Starr and head of the STARR Restaurant Organization. His honors include “Restaurateur of the Year” accolades from both Bon Appétit and Zagat

WhatSTARR Restaurants

Where: Started in Philly, STARR Restaurants has locations in Philly, Florida, Atlantic City, and NYC

Why: Delicious food and fantastic service. STARR Restaurants are a must try if you are in Philly or NYC. Starr is on a quest to expand his empire in NYC. This time, he’s expanding with the opening of a fancy hotel restaurant, The Clocktower, which overlooks Madison Square Park. The menu offers contemporary British cuisine featuring updated takes on classic dishes and traditional tavern fare.

Scroll through the list to see what STARR Restaurants I’ve visited in NYC