Upland

4.7
2213 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Built around a California-style culinary philosophy that takes heavy cues from the seasons, Upland balances a familiar rusticity with a smart global approach, all enhanced with a New Yorker’s eye for detail. The restaurant offers an artful array of starters, entrees and sides, each plate accented with chef Justin Smillie’s enticing and urbane touch. The wine program, overseen by beverage manager Chantelle Pabros, matches the excitement coming out of Upland’s open kitchen, with a worldly 500-bottle list and a clever by-the-glass selection that’s remarkably food-friendly.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2213 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love everything about Upland!

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4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely birthday celebration with my fiance. We sat at the lively, yet spacious bar, sipping wine prior to dinner. The hostess led us to our table promptly in keeping with our reservation. The wait sfaff was friendly, helpful, and attentive. Each dish was succulent and flavorful, in addition, the portions were more than ample. We were surprised by a delicious scoop of homemade ice cream with a lit candle. It was a truly memorable evening!

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CL
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice restaurant-food and ambiance

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c
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding night at Upland. Pizza was great. The steak tartare had the most fabulous crunch and texture. Cioppino was a total surprise hit.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was really great!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious!!

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MY
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance. The lamb shoulder and Brussels sprouts were incredible. Would dine again.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing - will be back

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b
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Food at lunch was rather underwhelming and felt overpriced. Most of the dishes were heavily salted which made it difficult to enjoy the taste. We had 2 pasta and burger, but none of them really was memorable. Overall we had high hopes for Upland, but came away dissapointed...

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s
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Love the restaurant but the table was not suitable for 7 pax.

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S
61 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upland is always a treat. Very good and friendly service and the food
is wonderful. The physical space is so fresh and airy-looking. Fun!

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WH
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Frequent visitor to Upland and it never disappoints. Great place in all respects.

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NJ
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place never disappoints. They are doing it all right, from the greeting at the door to the service and then the amazing food, you cannot help but leave happy.

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o
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is excellent and service is amazing. Quickly becoming one of the favorite places to eat in the city

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AP
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The two young ladies that we encountered at the hostess podium upon arrival were less than friendly. Otherwise the wait staff and food were excellent. We will be back though- despite the grumpy hostesses.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner with my parents was fantastic. The staff took their time to filet the roasted branzino we ordered and it was well worth the wait. Thanks for a great time!

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FV
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything at Upland was great except for the noise level. It was simply deafening. All the surfaces are hard and reflect the sound. Everyone has to scream to be heard over the background noise. My wife's throat was sore the next morning from her having to shout. There is a simple engineering fix. The decibel level reading from my iPhone app read 95 db. Come on, Upland, do something to preserve the hearing of your customers. It won't cost much.

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TL
71 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s been a great lunch with my girls friends, we shared the falafels (crispy outside and delicious), a margherita and a cacio e Pepe (perfectly al dente and well balanced). Then a wonderful espresso macchiato, cookies basket and cheesecake really tasty. The service was attentive and nice. I will for sure come back

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WC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The food is exceptional from a wonderful menu. The staff is friendly and professional. It’s a happy, lively space. Can’t wait to return

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G
51 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Brunch with a girlfriend on a Sunday on our way to a play. Enjoyed the simple menu and excellent service.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! We arrive early for our reservation and were seated almost right away.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upland is great for group dinners (3 or more people). You can't go wrong here.

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R
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The food was top notch; portions were generous and shareable. We could actually enjoy a conversation without shouting. Would absolutely go back!!

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G
9 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with cool decor and varied menu. The brunch salmon dish with brown rice was tasty, but the salmon was undercooked, similar to a smoked salmon texture with only light searing on the surface.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the atmosphere, the service and the food - everything was fantastic!

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AT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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LD
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My son and I celebrated at Upland and had an amazing time. The cocktails were amazing, food was delicious and a shout out to our server who was so great.

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PF
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Fried Chicken Sandwich with avocado mash was excellent for lunch. Very tasty!

The staff was professional, courteous and responsive. I appreciated their well-groomed appearances, from host- to wait staff.

It gets a bit too loud in there for a business lunch.

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b
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fabulous service, fabulous food. Service was very good though I would like to see the hosts being friendlier and smiling a little surly. The noise level is quite high.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

It was a fun night with a good vibe going. The food was dead on delicious. Waitress & hostesses were very nice. Sometimes the staff can be unfriendly or unpleasant here. The bartender had a attitude and was quite sarcastic I was surprised they were completely out of Anjou tequila

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YB
17 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My go-to for lunch meetings. Always great! Upscale yet comfortable. Nice lunch menu. Service never disappoints.

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JA
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were so pleased with the restaurant we plan to return with more family.

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OT
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food and drinks always top notch. This time we felt rushed, dinner was served within an hour of arriving at the restaurant. We had ordered appetizers etc.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

made a reservation but still had to wait like 20 mins ... was clear that no table was set aside for us

portions are TINY

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LG
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved our breakfast here. Comfortable restaurant, energetic atmosphere. Tortilla and eggs was great and we loved the sprouts on the chicken sandwich. My opinion, you should eat here.

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JW
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We felt very rushed as they were trying to turn the table over. Otherwise, enjoyed the food and ambience!

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YR
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

This place was cute but there is so much good food in the area this would not be my first choice.

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l
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upland is always a stellar experience and food is phenomenal as usual!!

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LJ
34 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

creative cuisine served in a well designed space.......professional and convivial staff
all contributed with a unique and delicious lunch
looking forward to my next visit

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KL
14 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had to make the dinner reservation weeks in advance...and now i understand why. Food was excellent. We tried the caesar salad -- how different could a salad be...very different and possibly the most delicious dressing i've ever had. We also tried the crispy mushroom, very good, the pappardelle and the scallops. Everything was superb.

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