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The Best MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand Spots For Under $50 in Uptown New York City

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Uptown Manhattan has been immortalized in song and on screen, synonymous with a well-heeled (and deep-pocketed) crowd but that doesn't mean you can't find a slew of spots that cater to all budgets. Below, check out a few of our favorites on both the east and west sides of Uptown that won't break the bank.

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Updated on 04 June 2024
Chick Chick
618 Amsterdam Ave., 10024 New York
$$ · Asian

Occupying a prominent corner of the Upper West Side, this delightful operation arrives courtesy of Chef Jun Park. Asian cooking with Korean leanings is what this team does best, so await—with bated breath—the likes of piping-hot fried chicken, its crisp amber skin and ivory meat permeated with spicy gochujang and sweet peanut sauce.

Inspector notes: "Fried rice, that ubiquitous menu favorite, is turned on its head with the likes of complex truffle essence."

368 Columbus Ave., 10024 New York
$$ · Mexican

New Yorkers have restaurateur Cristina Castañeda to thank for this special Mexican spot with a spirited, warm and welcoming atmosphere. The tequila selection is a perfect companion to the Jalisco cooking. It's not your typical Mexican menu: think of everything from delicious and messy shrimp ajillo with hollandaise to torta ahogada with birote salado, pork and oregano-spiked tomato sauce.

Inspector notes: "Every item offered here is an amalgam of smoky, sweet and unique flavors. The dessert selection is concise, but don't miss the nutty-creamy avocado mousse paired with ginger-flavored shaved ice and an achiote meringue."

Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too
366 W. 110th St., 10025 New York
$$ · Southern

Come to Miss Mamie’s and plan to indulge, Southern style. The kitchen embraces such tried-and-true classics as baked turkey wings, homemade meatloaf, Louisiana catfish, Southern-fried chicken sided by candied yams and collard greens, and a creamy red velvet cake for dessert.

Inspector notes: "Grab a fresh-squeezed lemonade and dive into the sampler, stocked with deep-fried shrimp, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs, fried chicken, and sides of cornbread stuffing and hoppin' John."

566 Amsterdam Ave., 10024 New York
$$ · French

The postage stamp-sized restaurant radiates with warmth, so settle in with a glass of wine before perusing the menu—it's scattered with delicacies alongside as an ever-changing roster of specials.

Inspector notes: "A perfect sphere of goat cheese rolled in crushed pistachios and drizzled with honey starts things off right. Then move on to the delicate, Southern France-inspired ravioli filled with Comté and a blend of cheeses in a heady vegetable-based broth."

Bohemian Spirit
321 E. 73rd St., 10021 New York
$$ · Czech

It's old-world Bohemia, not hippie-chic, at this Czech beer hall located on the first floor of the National Bohemian Hall building. Naturally, beers and pilsners are the drink of choice, but for grape lovers, there is a nice European-focused wine list sprinkled with Czech and Austrian wines. Hearty fare is in store here.

Inspector notes: "Svíčková, a flatiron steak in a deep orange all-spice accented sauce, leans sweet. Deep and flavorful, the meat is fork-tender, while the thick sauce is best when swiped up by the bread dumplings."

1618 Amsterdam Ave., 10031 New York
$$ · Mexican

Housed within a brick storefront across from the City College of New York, this welcoming little spot is a true neighborhood gem, thanks to Chef Cassandra Rhodes’ concise, well-conceived menu, which draws inspiration from the street food of Mexico City. A Dia de los Muertos mural marks the wall opposite the open kitchen, where you’ll see industrious cooks working the grill and pressing house-made corn tortillas at a steady clip, which helps explain why they’re always so wonderfully tender and fresh.

Inspector notes: "The tacos, like a spot-on al pastor, are of course excellent, as are homey offerings like braised chicken salsa verde enchiladas, smothered in melted queso Oaxaca."