Comfort Inn Central Park West
31 West 71st St.
New York, NY 10023-4103
Phone: (212) 721-4770
Fax: (212) 579-8544
Bars & Cafes
Given enough time in the cozy, dreamlike surroundings of Shalel, you might feel more like you are in Marrakesh than Manhattan. Candlelight dances on rustic brick walls. Arched doorways lead to secluded alcoves of plush seating and an ambient sensuality, one such alcove even features a trickling waterfall sprinkled with flower petals. It's a neighborhood escape: the kind of place where it's easy to forget about the world outside, and where you think James Bond might order a shaken martini if he ever found himself on the Upper West Side. All for the imaginative North African/French fare, you might miss this subterranean den altogether. If you're willing to pay a premium for your cocktail, it is a perfect spot to take a date for a romantic evening and impress him/her with your knowledge of hidden gems like this one.
Indulge in various kinds of margaritas, frozen, or without ice at Santa Fe, New York's most beloved Mexican restaurant and bar. The restaurant offers a peek into Mexican dining along with the Mexican style of revelry and pleasure with Margaritas in hand, and a belly full of Tex-Mex cuisine. Choose from Masa Chicken, Fish Tacos, Shrimp Chipotle, Chimichanga, Fajita and Black Bean And Sweet Potato Burrito that will keep one craving for more. Assuredly one of the most popular food in town, Santa Fe is packed in the evenings, making bookings all the more important. Naturally, Margarita is the star of the menu, however, do not miss out on the tequilas which are aplenty!
Cafe Ronda offers delectable Latin and Spanish dishes that are hand-made to order. The menu consists of hearty Ronda Eggs or poached eggs, grilled burgers and juice for breakfast and brunch. Lunch comprises of Calamari, Chorizo, Empanada, crisp salads and wholesome sandwiches with assorted vegetables and meat as tapas, while the heavier meals consist of mushroom croquettes, Bravas or roughly-cut potatoes and Mejillones Al Ribeiro or mussels cooked in Ribeiro wine. The drinks are a range of cocktails and wines go perfectly with the food. They also take orders for delivery and catering. The ambience is relaxed, good for hanging out with friends.
If one is craving for or curious about East Asian culinary art, then Amber West is a good option to indulge one's taste-buds. The casual restaurant serves an array of Japanese and Thai dishes including sushi, sashimi, rolls, Thai curries and fried rice. The Angry Lobster with lobster tempura, lettuce and avocado and Dragon's Bride made of shrimp tempura and caviar are specialty rolls that are worth a special mention. The restaurant is popular for its unique taste that is a big reason for a steady flow of diners at any given time. Cocktails are served in the bar that add more life to the evening.
Arte Around the Corner offers you an array of freshly baked delicacies like cakes, croissants and a variety of breads, apart from the Italian menu of pastas and salads. The Upper West Side locals couldn't be happier with Arte Around the Corner filling up the desire for an authentic bakery and coffee place. If you can't spare the time to drop in here and leisurely indulge in the gourmet delights complimented with a newly brewed cup of coffee, then you can make full use of the carry-out and delivery service that the eatery offers. You can also drop in here for a quick breakfast of muffins and fruit salad, on your way to work!
Wine and Roses, true to its name is a haven of wines and roses. The entire venue is decorated with the flower, as people linger awhile over their favorite wine. More popular as an after meal hangout due to its splendid wine selection, Wine and Roses is a must visit for wine connoisseurs, tired of the regular drinks available in the market. It features less common labels, constantly changing the menu and offering diners a chance to explore this popular beverage. Each wine is explained in the menu, making the choice fairly easy for the uninitiated, though the excellent wait staff offers suggestions wherever needed. Feast on the cheese and charcuterie provided along side the drink and let the magic unfold over a glass of wine.
Il Violino is a cozy and intimate venue that serves affordable Italian dishes that are a classic favorite among the American palate. The menu includes salads, soups and pastas, among which the most notable is the Gnocchi Ala Bolognese which is creamy and delicious. The dishes are simple and sensible doing away with over-the-top flairs and frills, in keeping with the informal ambience of the place. One of the oldest restaurants in the neighborhood, it lives up to its reputation of being the most trusted. A few dishes may not be spot on, however, on the whole, Il Violino manages to give a decent meal at affordable prices.
Unique European cafe specializing in fine desserts and pastries with live music nightly. Serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Luce Restaurant & Enoteca is a quaint venue, warm and cozy, immediately putting one at ease. The food is tempting with rich flavors in keeping with the Italian cuisine. Risotto, pappardelle, spaghetti, fettuccine- all varieties of pastas are available in delicious sauce bases. A bit high on the prices, the food may be hit and miss, but is wholesome and filling- just right for a midday snack or a great dinner. Its proximity to the Lincoln Center makes it a good stop as a prelude to a theater show. Wine is served by the bottle. Try the Tre Lecce or milk cake served with raspberry sauce and meringue topping.
If one is in the mood for some simple Italian meals at an affordable price, then head to Pappardella. Here one might get more than what was bargained for, for along with the cheap prices and the basic, wholesome meals, Pappardella also packs in a powerful flavor and mouthwatering spices that heighten the appeal. Dig into morsels of Rigatoni Bolognese, Pappardelle Funghi e Tartufo and Pollo Milanese that leave faint memories of Rome and Italy. The terrace is a romantic place to dine and offers splendid views of the skyline.
If you like your drinks strong and don't mind next morning hangovers then come down to this little watering hole on the Upper West Side. Dive 75 may be quite laid back but does not attract skeevy or raucous crowds, rather you'd find it packed till late with convivial locals from the neighborhood. This old-timey space keeps it simple and even has board games like Battleship, Connect Four and Othello which you can play. The friendly bartenders will chat you up while mixing your favorite cocktail.
Gina La Fornarina serves one of the most delicious pizzas in New York. It also serves some really good pastas and Italian meals. Owned by Paola Pedrignani who is a die-hard pizza fan herself, Gina La Fornarina recreates the essence of the Neapolitan pizza in the heart of America. Patronized by locals who can never get enough of the pizzas, it is a good place to curb one's cravings of Italian delicacies. The menu consists of classic Italian dishes that are futher classified into organic, low-fat and vegetarian for the health conscious. The Focaccia Gina is popular dish here which is worth a try.