Spend NYE on the UWS

There’s one thing every New Yorker knows to be true on NYE; do not go near midtown. Our Upper West Side location makes it easy to avoid the crowds, and some of your best options are just a short walk away from The Sagamore!

Bustan

This Mediterranean restaurant has been spicing up the Upper West Side’s food scene since last year, and is introducing a new executive chef specializing in breads just in time for the New Year. For $75, enjoy a family-style menu full of items such as beefsteak tomato tart, taboon charred octopus, lamb terracotta, and raspberry champagne gelee. Toast 2016 with spicy apricot margaritas or lavender martinis or, if that’s just too out there, spring for a bottle of Baron Fuente Champagne Grande Reserve. 487 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-595-5050

Burke & Wills Australian Bistro

Head down under for New Year’s Eve at this Australian Bistro and UWS hotspot. Their Prix fixe menu features irresistible dishes, such as smoked arctic char with salmon roe, grilled scallions and lemon butter, as well as other tasty ensembles. For NYE they’re offering two different seatings with prices varying. Both come with complimentary champagne! 226 W 79th St., 646-823-9251

TESSA

This modern Mediterranean UWS dining spot is certain to be on the radar of every Upper West Sider in 2016. During the first seating at 5pm-7:30pm, the standard menu will be available. For the second seating at 9pm the chef has created an abridged, all-you-can-eat menu featuring TESSA’s hit dishes, like the irresistible Rabbit Cavatelli. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, with party music flowing through the hip, industrial-chic interior. 349 Amsterdam Ave., (212)-390-1974

New Restaurants on the Upper West Side

There are some new restaurants to check out on the UWS this December!

 The first one, Playa Betty’s, is a surf-themed bar opened that just opened this month and is sure to keep the winter blues awau. The emphasis is on beach-minded fare, with margaritas ($12 each) and tacos ($4-$5) with ingredients that range from fried chicken to tempura-battered avocados.

Also new to the neighborhood is  Crave Fishbar, the second location of Todd Mitgang and owner Brian Owens’s seafood cuisine (the other is in midtown). The focus is on sustainable seafood prepared in inventive ways, from spicy scallop tartare to lobster curry. A raw bar is also part of the mix.

 Amity Hall, the new bar at 982 Amsterdam Avenue (108th-109th street), opened this month as well! The bar has a full kitchen and serves Irish and American entrees priced at about $15. Set to become the “neighborhood spot” it will also cater to families and locals who use the bar as a local gathering place.

 There are also some places due to open soon – so keep your eyes out! Babeth’s Feast is set to open at 309 Amsterdam Avenue, between 74th and 75th street. The store sells gourmet frozen foods. Olma Caviar Boutique and Lounge has also put up its awning at 420 Amsterdam Avenue (80th). They’re aiming for a January opening.