Upland

4.7
2312 reviews
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Contemporary American
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.
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BG
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was overall spicy and this was pretty much every dish! There was no indication on the menu that the dishes are all spiced... two out of five of us had to change our main course because it was too spicy...

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE were celebrating a Law School Graduation and had a GREAT time

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

Excellent food
Very efficient server but we were made to fee too rushed.
As we got there we wanted to order a flatbread with a cocktail, were told we could not, everything had to be ordered together.
A bit of a assembly line mentality, unlike the other Steven S restaurants

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KK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May be my favorite restaurant in NYC Excellent for special occasions, feels fancy but comfortable at the same time. The duck wings and the burger were to die for.

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V
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Fabulous service and delicious food. Especially loved the mushroom appetizer and seafood soup.

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EV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place and god food.

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NO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Upland with one exception....the hostesses at the front were quite rude and off putting. However, every other staff person was incredible!

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SK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. And amazing food. A bit inconsistent as we went two nights in a row and the Cacio was different each night but still wonderful !

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S
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is such a special place. The hostess was very gracious (she recognized
me from before), the food is excellent, the service was very good and the ambiance
is so charming and fresh. A delight.

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k
New England
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Steven Starr restaurants. I haven’t been to one that I haven’t enjoyed. 20 and counting.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Love Uoland all over US but was disappointed as favorite dish Short Ribs was not on the menu and ran out of cheeseburgers as well. Waiter brought salad and meal together and felt very rushed by support people. Miami always phenomenal but NY had tough experience.

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L
Lincolnshire
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Salad leaves had brown tips and there were only two small unripe avocado pieces. Estrella pasta was over cooked and falling apart, and the liver was over salted. Could not hear my lunch guest much of the meal. Service was neglectful.

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PT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is a NY standard. Food is very good. Many options and solid. Service outstanding

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great again, BUT please bring back the wise guy drink.

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U
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always good. Hard to get dinner reservations, so try brunch as an alternative.

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W
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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BF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice space and delicious food. A little pricey for what it is but you’re paying for the design and architecture which is really pleasing.

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S
New York Area
176 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Long-time fan of Stephen Starr spots. Upland is an attractive, comfortable spot. Lunch offered interesting, if not especially numerous options. Would have liked a prix fixe. Clam pizza with its spicy tomato sauce and minimal clams an unusual take on a difficult dish to get right. Chicken pita was tasty. Others enjoyed their food. Thought wine by the glass was pricey. Service was extremely pleasant and efficient. Minor caveats aside, will definitely return.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I’ve had at least five different dining experiences at Upland so it’s difficult to write this review. The food still delivers. There’s no question about that. But the service was adequate at best. From the start of this meal, it was apparent that service was going to be a challenge. Water choice was offered nearly immediately upon being seated. Over 15 minutes later, the server asked if we had made food selections. There was absolutely no discussion or check-in regarding drinks. After delivering our meal choices and defining clear course lining, we then had to request drinks. She was knowledge about the menu and beverage selections, but it had to be prompted. The meal flowed with proper timing, but always delivered by food runners with little explanation. Our server only checked in once. We had to request water refills and second drinks. This experience was not consistent with other meals at Upland and hardly justifies the $300+ check for three people. We’re moving on to another restaurant as part of our rotation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends from out of town

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was nice

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love, love, love the food here. Sausage and Kale Pizza for appetizer every time. Reservations are a must!

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend here for dinner, it did not disappoint! Always great food and atmosphere!

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OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, inventive and classic at the same time. Service is spectacular. Order the branzino for 2. It is a show stopper. Hen of the woods mushroom was fun. Caccio e pepe memorable. Skip the tartare and order the sunflower and carrots. Little gem salad is perfect. The clam pizza is not evocative of New Haven’s finest, but it’s own delicious entity. Buon Appetito!

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend in town

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Amazing food. Good services. Other than having to book weeks in advance, I love this restaurant.

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SV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch there this morning! Huge portions...despite this get the pastry basket. It was amazing!!!

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F
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for brunch here - great menu and skirt steak w/egg was wonderful. Always great food & service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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b
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit disappointing- was expecting too much maybe? we enjoy fine dining and heard this place would fit the bill. We came to celebrate an anniversary which they knew and our table was not at all conducive to a romantic dining experience. we were seated in between two other parties at very close proximity- felt like they were with us- thankfully one of the couples was very nice. My wife’s fish was very good but my steak ordered medium rare came out mooing 😂 and I could only get maybe half way through it as it was tough as nails. The tuna appetizer and the strawberry ice cream sandwich dessert were good but still overall just not what we were hoping for based on reputation

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F
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great, branzino for two is must.
Very happening place with a good vibe.
Try carrots as well. Never new carrots can taste that good

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck wings were amazing

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VM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was good quality food and excellent service. The waiter was kind enough to take a request to have an off menu version of a dish without complaint.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious, and the staff were very welcoming and attentive.

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ZS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and knowledgeable staff except the host counter which was frazzled and took an extra 15 minutes to seat as tables sat vacant. The bar staff obliged with great service during the wait.

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GF
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starr Restaurants never disappoint! The branzino goes down as one of my top three dishes ever. Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amaizng farm to table. Fresh ingredients and quality food.

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RV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and food from apps to dessert. Service was perfect!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. Table was in the back corner by the emergency exit door (possibly violating fire code); we felt a bit on the periphery of the restaurant but food still great and enjoyed the meal

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