Mon-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri, 5pm-4am; Sat, 10am-4am; Sun, 10am-2am
1 at 86th St.; B, C at 86th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
60th St. to 100th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.
Although it's only been around since the late nineties, Fred's feels like it's been on the Upper West Side forever. With its comforting American cuisine, relaxed mood, and lively bar, it's no surprise it attracts a loyal following of young locals and families. Though technically at basement level, the restaurant is unexpectedly bright, with many well-placed windows. Exposed brick, stonework, and candles give it a rustic aura, but its personality is doggie-driven. Named after a pooch that flunked seeing-eye dog school, Fred's furry visage graces numerous photos on the wall, flanked by scores of snapshots of customer canines. Starters include crispy-fried calamari rings with a righteously spicy tomato sauce, mussels in garlic sauce, and spicy chicken wings. The menu leans toward half-pound burgers, roast chicken, pork chops, classic salads, and a rich array of Italian-styled pastas. Good old macaroni and cheese carries the day, however, with its creamy mixture of aged cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Entrées like Mom's Meatloaf will make mom throw away her baking pan—Fred's version is moist and its mushroom gravy hearty. Plus, it's served with a mound of onion-infused mashed potatoes the size of your fist. Now that’s something to bark about.Brunch
Sat.—Sun., 10 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
The street-level outdoor café charms regulars during the warmer months; brunch draws big crowds. The café is also the only part of the restaurant that's handicap accessible.
Mon.—Thu., 5 p.m.—11 p.m.; Fri, 5 p.m.—midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.—midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.—11 p.m.
Macaroni & cheese, $13.95; Mom’s meatloaf, $16.95