- Nice Matin
201 West 79th Street, 212-873-6423
If ever there were a neighborhood in need of more restaurants, it’s the Upper West Side. Happily avoiding the feel of either a sports bar or a pickup joint, Nice Matin breezily balances the informality of the surrounding area with the seductive variety of chef Andy d’Amico’s Mediterranean-accented cooking. Sit under its weird white chandelier and savor ravioli flecked with sage and orange. Lounge outside and enjoy sweetly grilled bass necklaced with artichokes. No, you won’t feel like you’re seaside in Nice. The exhaust from the crosstown bus kills that illusion. But how cool is it to have such a nice time not that far from home?
Best Neighborhood Restaurant
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
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