Upland

4.7
1866 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
DINNER
Sunday: 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM to 11:00PM

LUNCH
Monday - Friday: 11:30AM to 3:00PM

BRUNCH
Saturday + Sunday: 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 686-1006
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Smillie
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Cross street
On 26th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing.pancakes are fluffy and thick, topped with fresh fruit and the caccio e Pepe was so perfect. The service was great and the seats were comfortable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best. Never fails. Fantastic food, atmosphere and service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Food, cocktails and wine all great and very friendly and accommodating staff

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

My pasta was so salty that I couldn’t eat it. The waitress was very nice and took it off the bill and gave us a dessert on the house. It was a Monday night so maybe the regular chef was off. The restaurant is very nice inside.

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JW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious cocktails. Server was knowledgeable, and didn't rush us. Good vibe. Solid food, but not outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent and loved the ambience. Also, really enjoyed the apps and dessert, but the main dishes (Estrella and Cioppino) were a little disappointing, b/c they over salted. And, that’s saying something, b/c I love my salt. Both my husband and I felt this way.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I really wanted to love this place because the location is great and the service is also excellent. I had Saturday brunch and it was just alright. The donuts were a little dry and the eggs and sausage with roasted potatoes were decent, but I felt like I paid a lot of money for an only decent meal. Again, I was seated quickly and the ambiance was nice, the location was nice and the staff was great.

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NA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great and there is plenty of space for your group to sit (I thought the tables were pretty spread out for nyc). Our waiter was very slow and didn’t acknowledge that he didn’t bring our drinks after 20 mins of ordering them. He wasn’t too attentive. The food was good but honestly didn’t enjoy the service.

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KG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was slow . Our waitress was not engaged no personality . The food was mediocre will not recommend this restaurant

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t
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it
The food is excellent and the service was great i have already recommended upland to many people

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service!

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very overpriced and not great choices for dinner
Maybe add hamburgers and less expensive choices for dinner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodbye party

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is a fabulous restaurant: great ambience, exceptional food, attentive service. What more can I say? It is well worth the trip and the hefty price tag.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since last night Upland is one of our favorite places in NY. Food and drinks are amazing, but also decoration and atmosphere is unique and gorgeous. On the other hand, it wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for our friendly server, Guerino. He was not only welcoming and always available for us, but also a warm and super host, he definitely made our evening a special occasion. We would absolutely recommend this place and really hope to come back soon.

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb food. They had a wood ear mushroom dish that was unbelievable. The pastas are amazing. The whole branzino for two was extraordinary ($72). Not cheap but not terrible. You have to be something of a lip reader, however, as the noise level is something else.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delighted to find this little gem! Very cool and relaxed, food amazing and service also! Cheers!

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f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had anything less than an outstanding meal and experience at Upland.

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AQ
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Consistently a good spot with a unique menu. Wine list is solid with a good selection at all price points. My problem here is every time I visit, the front staff is rude and unfriendly. When you give them your name and reservation, they act as though you are interrupting their day and they are trying to figure out what to do with you. They need some better social skills. Once you get to your table, things settle in and the meal goes well and everything is delicious.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, mimosas were amazing although i dont really drink so i was buzzed by the 3rd sip lol Warm atmosphere only thing numerous bathrooms downstairs,if you have older company there is only one bathroom on the floor level.

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LM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! Romantic and beautiful atmosphere. Truly a 10/10.

Came here for our anniversary and we're seated at one of the best booths in the restaurant. It's clear Upland values their customers. We had great and attentive service from our waitress and the sommelier. The bartender also made it easy to get drinks and move them to our table later on. Wonderful experience overall and definitely will be going back!

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ME
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment, trendy style, good food, excellent service but....a LOT of noise! So if you don't mind the noise ( not unusual in NYC) then go to this place!! Enjoy everything! It is great!

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ZM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute restaurant. Great location, nice food. Love the decoration

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HO
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Couldn't hear my partner or my waitress. We had dinner at 6 PM. Never again

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L
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck wings.. the branzino to share.. are phenomenal. This place is so consistently good it's ridiculous.

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k
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall: overhyped but still a good spot. No rush to come back.

Food: the food was good, not great. Some dishes, particularly the appetizers, were incredible. I loved the whole mushroom and the duck wings got good reviews. The bread was also excellent. The beef tartare was ok (but weirdly brought out later than the other two apps.) The main dishes were ok. I had the cacio e pepe which was good, not as large of a serving as I expected. The other members of my party had the lamb shoulder and the duck, which they said were good but not amazing. For dessert we got the basket of cookies (again, good!) and tea (served in an adorable glass teapot)

Drinks: I was the first of my party to arrive and instead of sitting us me, I had to wait at the bar for everyone else to come. Ok, fine. So I order a drink, the Dog Days, from the bartender who is a bit grumpy. Two more of my party arrive and they still won’t sit us. So one orders a drink and the bartender kind of rolls his eyes at his order. He ordered a whiskey sour... not sure why he needed to get attitude for that but fine. Finally we are seated when the last guest arrives. The sommelier was great and helped me pick out a wine I enjoyed, but the interaction with the bartender started the night off on the wrong foot and left a sour taste in my mouth.

Service: our server was great, but it was sometimes hard to flag her down.

Ambiance: love the space and location. Super cool, low-key elegance.

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MB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Reminded me of my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area - farm to table in the most delicious form!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

My Bolognese tasted like balsamic vinegar and

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NY
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall, excellent food though salad dressing was too acidic and pasta portion quite small. Pizza nothing special. Best Cacio and Pepe outside of Rome.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

First time coming to Upland after trying to get my boyfriend and myself a reservation here for the last year or two. Atmosphere was chic but casual, dare I say a bit of a “hipster” vibe. Metal piping, understated light fixtures and casual waitstaff in jeans and checkered aprons. Comfortable, cozy place. Service was attentive and friendly, though I agree with other reviews that it is quite a noisy room due to the open, wooden design. We were excited to come here for the lunch menu since it’s a weekday, had our heart set on certain items and when we arrived we discovered they were actually serving the brunch menu instead, due to the Labor Day holiday. I kind of wish that had been more clearly disclosed somewhere on their website, as I would have waited to come back to Upland on a non-brunch day. My boyfriend and I are both chefs so we are often picky about brunch: it’s creativity, value etc. the food we received was tasty, but didn’t blow us away. $24 for a burger, I would expect it to be the best burger of my life. While it was very tasty and cooked properly, it didn’t knock me off my chair as anything special. I ordered the California B.E.C sandwich, which to my surprise was cold when I took my first bite. Perhaps because of the avocado on top the dish cooled down or is not intended to be served too warm, but I found that odd for a sandwich including bacon, Romano cheese spread and buttery Texas-style brioche toast. Though, it was very tasty. We ordered a slice of the chocolate mousse cake and coffees for dessert. The cake was very satisfying, though again nothing super creative about it. The coffee was very good. Overall I think we would consider coming back to try a regular lunch menu or dinner menu someday, but may be a while, since we were a little turned off by spending over $80 for a lunch that didn’t even include the items we hoped to come to Upland to try in the first place.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time for brunch at Upland. Our server Guerino did a great job! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect for a friend group. Have been several times and the service has been awesome each time.

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NY
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Upland strikes all the right notes, from food to service, with a fun and upbeat atmosphere. Freely recommended.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall our experience was very good.
The staff were terrific, just the right level of friendliness.
The ambience is always great.
The food was good. I was a little disappointed in the salmon entree. The salmon itself was perfect but the farro salad was a bit bland and not very cohesive. The clam spaghetti was really delicious and my husband loved the duck wings. While eating his lamb however, he got a mouthful of gelatinous fat, and had to excuse himself to go spit it out in the restroom and that put an end to his meal.
Cocktails were very good too.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great! The restaurant is spacious and I like the ambulance

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Upland serves the best burgers in town. It is always a pleasure to join upland

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance...fun vibe...delicious food! Perfect for Brunch!

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AG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great for Sunday Brunch. Nice menu, tasty food (if a bit pricey), very good and friendly wait staff. Very nice ambiance.

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PD
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland was a great place. Even cooler was it fed two former presidents Obama and Clinton. Went for brunch. The server was very knowledgeable and suggested trying something a little unconventional off their menu and was it ever worth it. Tried the fish cake with an over easy egg on top served w a salad. It stole the show and was the highlighted meal at the table amongst many. Donuts were warm when they arrived at the table and the price point was neither a wallet buster or unreasonable at the atmosphere was welcoming and sophisticated. Worth the travel to have a bite there.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was SOOOO salty...inedible
Was very disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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