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Ditch Plains UWS
Ditch Plains UWS

Ditch Plains UWS Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ditch-plains.com
  • Email: info@ditch-plains.com
  • Phone: (212) 362-4815
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Murphy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Benchmarc Events is happy to cater your next rooftop party, wedding, rehearsal dinner,
    birthday party or any other event you have in mind. We provide a full service catering
    staff and help coordinate all aspects of any party, including rentals, decor, music and
    anything else you might desire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Group dining and Private dining menus are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Christa Weaving (212) 625-8270

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Amsterdam Ave and Columbus Ave
  • Public Transit: Train-B,C,1
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking only!
A word from Ditch Plains UWS
Chef Marc Murphy's Ditch Plains offers fresh seafood and the best of beach dining - from oyster shooters and lobster rolls to a grilled fish of the day plus celebrated specialties such as the Ditch Dog (a hot dog smothered with mac & cheese), fish tacos, spicy Bloody Marys, a selection of beers on tap and the famously well-priced wine program that Murphy is so well known for.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "I went here for a big brunch after completing a half marathon. People in our group arrived at different times, but the staff was very accommodating. The wait staff was friendly, attentive and fast. Food was great, if not a bit pricey. I would absolutely come here again, and am looking forward to trying their downtown location."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I brought some family members to the restaurant for dinner the other evening, and everything went really well. We had a reservation, so we were seated immediately, and we had a waiter and a trainee (who actually was ready to go and didn't need anything else) so we felt very taken care of. I enjoy the food there, and so did everyone at the table, and we had a nice bottle of wine as well."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great spot for dinner. Our server Hannah was fantastic as was Risto the gracous bartender. Fortunately, we sat in the front area because the main dining room was like a rec room....loaded with kids; very loud."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is the 2nd visit to ditch plains & I was hoping it would redeem my previous visit but sadly it just confirmed that it isn't worth a 3rd visit. The food is overpriced for what you get. I'm a foodie; nothing at ditch plains is even remotely special. The egg sandwich is not even as good as my local bodega; Bloody Mary is fine but again not great; and the chopped salad is flavorless. In addition the hosts are super rude. This time we were with our friends and their two kids. We were sat in a back, dark area which was hot. There were empty tables in the brighter area near the front but our hostess said they would not seat families up there. That's fine except when we left the front area was filled with families. This place is off our list."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We've been to this UWS spot a number of times... The food never disappoints. The menu consists mostly of well prepared American comfort food. The cocktails don't disappoint. Great spot for a late night gathering!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Appetizer and main came out 5 minutes apart Felt rushed Food was subpar at best never again"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We met friends for brunch with our twin toddlers and had a wonderful time. They are extremely kid-friendly and have a kid menu, room to park your stroller, an endless supply of high chairs and booster seats, crayons and coloring menus, personal TV at every booth and small plastic cups with lids and straws. The omelettes, pancakes and fries were delicious! It was packed for brunch so make a reservation. We will definitely be back again soon!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I wasn't impressed by the food or the ambience, and although the waiter was sweet, he commented that I was making a lot of "specific requests." And the food is definitely too pricey for what it is. The shrimp "cocktail" turned out to be a heap of the watery "peel and eat" type of shrimp that were already peeled-- the quality -- or lack thereof -- certainly not justifying the $16 cost. And at $28.00, the lobster roll was definitely not up there... It seemed quite small and I couldn't even taste the lobster as there were so many scallions in it. So overall, it won't be one of my regular neighborhood standbys (the best part was the cup of taffy they give to you with the bill.)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Located perfectly for a visit to the Museum of Natural History and the Children's Museum, Ditch Plains has a broad, family friend menu, TV screens playing popular kid movies at every table. A good menu for both adults and kids fills out the picture, as well as a very casual rustic atmosphere without a lot of things to break. I had the Clam Chowder (New England Style) which was excellent, as were the Shrimp Tacos. Certainly a place to visit and keep in mind for trips to the neighborhood and its attractions."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great spot for families. Great food, good drinks, tv's at the tables. Casual atmosphere. Killer bloody mary!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was the chill NYC brunch I have been searching for. To top that, I took my husband here for birthday brunch, so the stakes were high. And Ditch Plains totally nailed it. Yes, I do want to eat outstanding food in a cool environment that has fantastic customer service. Yes, I will be back. Yes, Ditch Plains, you and I ARE going to be seeing a lot of each other. You are now my go-to brunch place whenever I have visitors. I don't mind a bit of noise-- but no, I do not want to bump elbows with the person one table over. No, I do not want to have my conversation domineered by the drunken group to my left. These irritations were noticeably absent at Ditch Plains. Tip: come early (~11am) to beat the parents with young children crowd."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It was great. The smoked hamburger was fantastic and the menu has many options and sizes of dishes. Very relaxed, nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a great sunday brunch at Ditch Plains. We were impressed by the number of families and the vibe is always great. We love the salt water taffy to compete the meal."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Saw this restaurant in several lists of UWS kid friendly places. It is clear kids are welcome but TV on table with soundless video is not enough. Service was way too slow for kids. Kid friendly needs to mean they will be eating something pretty fast. Take kid dinner order with parent's drink order and everyone will be happy. Food pretty average but fine for a night out with the toddlers."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Beginning to end, a really good dining experience. Upscale fish shack with a fun atmosphere. Marvus was a great sennett"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and plenty of space for larger parties to settle in & enjoy the evening. Some of the dishes were delicious but others were mediocre, and my wife's fish-and-chips was raw in the center. Service was friendly but there were also long stretches where we didn't see anyone."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food is absolutley awful and obscenely overpriced."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I had never been to Ditch plains and although the menu appealed to me, I didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I selected this place for a catch-up meal with my friend. We shared their fried pickles as an appetizer (which were so tasty and not greasy) and I had a cheeseburger. What I appreciated most was that it was appropriately sized (i.e. not gigantic) and came with both french fries and a salad (so some french fries to indulge in but greens to get in good nutrients with your burger). Our server was also so very nice and welcoming. I will be back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very accomodating - found us "quiet table" - for baby and older adults."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Ditch Plains is a cavernous, loud and rather chilly restaurant. Perfect space to bring small active, loud children. The entrance way is filled with strollers of every shape and size, should have been a clue. Good food, good service, but not a relaxed morning spot for a table for two. May try going back for a weeknight dinner."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Excellent brunch! I had two bloody Mary's, we shared an order of buffalo and BBQ wings, and had the pulled pork sweet potato hash for my meal. The Bloody Mary was delicious and spicy. The wings were nice and crispy dripping with a nice sauce. And the pulled pork hash came with this green herby hollandaise sauce. I almost licked the bowl clean. Will def be back for more..."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Great service, very kid friendly for lunch. A bit pricey"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Friend recommended restaurant downtown, but I tried this one. Burgers overcooked and not very good. Overpriced."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "A rare find: a kid-friendly restaurant that's not adult-offensive: good food, reasonable prices, patient staff, nice ambience. Our other other friends (none of whom have kids) also loved it. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were seated right away after we checked in, and loved that we were able to hook our coats to the rack above the booth. Furthermore, they brought out waters and KIDS LIDDED cups without even asking:) So many restaurants are hostile to us asking for kid cups-we know little kids are messy! The server was great, and brought out the kids meals (healthy whole wheat quesadillas that my son ate without noticing veggies for a while! and a burger) with our appetizers. ! Food was great, especially the jalapeño tots, calamari salad, and seared tuna burger, and they even comped us dessert because there was a delay in our food arriving. Highly reccomend!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "came in for a sunday brunch and ordered the sloppy dog, red velvet pancakes and fish sandwhich. Food was good and high quality. Good and fast service. would definitely come back and recommend it to friends"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "This place was great after our visit to see Macy's Balloons with two kids and I'd come back sans kids as well too. They have kid friendly wood booths with mini TVs in the back, staff was attentive, food was great, and good beer selection."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Visiting NYC from DC, wanted a more laid back place, went early one evening..great surprise. Will make a point of returning on next trip."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "My group at work went for a celebration and had a private room fitting 15. Service was great - attentive and accurate. It was also the perfect location as we had done a scavenger hunt at the museum of natural history."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Had a reserve for 4 at 12.30. They were out of pancakes? The pulled pork dish was disappointing to my friend. the French toast was "different" and I thought rather ordinary. Not a terrible experience but fairly average."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Sunday brunch at 1pm. A lot of families with young kids that seemed to clear out around 1:30pm. Very loud with most parents letting their kids run around unsupervised."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "I absolutely love Ditch Plains. I often order from the one in the West Village, but I finally made it to the one on the UWS as well. You must get the ditch dogs and the jalapeno & cheddar tater tots. The ambiance was great for brunch and I had a pretty tasty bloody mary. Warning: There are A LOT of kids in the restaurant. It was a Sunday around noon, so that probably makes a difference as well as the fact that it is the UWS, but just a heads up!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "It was a pleasant evening, we love seafood and Long Island so I figured "Ditch Plains" should be fun, and it was. A bit expensive for what it is though."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Great menu, lots of interesting choices. We went on a Monday night and the service was great (the restaurant was very quiet). No complaints, we will go back."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "creative menu --- decent amount of kids and it was the evening. I imagine it is overloaded with kids at lunch or brunch. You can eat creatively casual and get pretty serious with whole branzino, etc."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We were a large group of adults. The space is nice and large, with many big tables; we had a corner oblong table, which worked pretty well for our group. Unfortunately, the place attracts a lot of large groups with kids, so it got very loud at times, which made it hard to have conversations. Our server was very friendly and helpful, but the service was definitely slow. The food was o.k. Appetizers were probably the high point - we had the tater tots (and they have a kick!), onion rings and crab dip. Salads were large, but described as being 'heavy on the lettuce and light on the fixins.' We had the lobster pot (their Sunday special), which was a nice treat, but nothing special. But don't miss the brownie skillet dessert!!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We came as people who grew up along Chesapeake Bay and know about blue crabs. While the Old Bay Seasoning on the crabs and corn were delicious, we were a bit shock and very disappointed at the size of the crabs. These crabs were so small that they were barely worth cracking into since there was so little meat in them. To make matters worse, some of the meat was just mushy and inedible. We've been looking forward to this for months and were definitely upset and disappointed about the crabs when we left. On a positive note, our waiter Tim was terrific - the perfect mix of professional, friendly, knowledgable and attentive. Also, we had a green salad (fabulous dressing) that was delicious as were all the sides that came with the crabs."
    Dined on 8/15/2013