- 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
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).