I am a Brooklyn loyalist but after a harried two weeks, I relocated to what initially felt like a brand new country: the Upper West Side. But along with having Central Park half a block from my door, I am discovering more than a few culinary treats in my new neighborhood. The Upper West Side has oft been maligned for its mediocre restaurants - at least, for quantity over quality - but there are several already on my list to try, including the recently-reviewed Dovetail on 77th. And, within just a few blocks of my apartment, I have Citarella (where I picked up a delicious burrata and heirloom tomatoes), Patsy's Pizza (where I ate my first night in the new digs), Jacques Torres (where I felt reminded, happily, of Brooklyn), Levain Bakery (where Sara swears I will find the best cookies in the city), Fairway (a madhouse, but one I keep going back to), City Grill (a comfy, favorite neighborhood bar and grill spot with a good burger and a bartender who knows his wines) and a branch of Le Pain Quotidien literally downstairs from my apartment. It was hard to leave all my favorite local Brooklyn shops and foodie haunts, but I'm starting to feel at home, here on my nice new block.
So share: what are the best spots on the Upper West Side? Good take-out options? Best brunch? Wine shop?