Upland

4.7
2088 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.

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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 2088 People Are Saying
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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Received no attention from any server (not even an acknowledgment that there will be a delay but we will be served) until 30 minutes in. When we arrived the restaurant was not crowded; 30 minutes in it was. Table seated 30 min plus after us was finished at the same time due to this delay. Another staff member kicked my friend’s umbrella while rudely asking it to be moved, rather than politely asking.

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an upland cheese burger. It was so good. The servers were really kind and the ambiance was great.

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

Mushroom was amazing.

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

Place to being your parents

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

Absolutely loved everything... environment, attentive staff, fun vibe, fabulous food!

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AI
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been for dinner several times and found the late lunch quality a little lacking. Food temperature was off and server hovered, when we were just having a leisurely late lunch and the restaurant was pretty quiet by that time. If they were closing to switch over to dinner service, they should’ve mentioned that timing.

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v
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and innovative food! Super wine list.
Superb service! Way to go Katy!
The staff was very helpful with gluten-free issues.

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

Now from the moment I stepped foot inside I can't state anything negative about this restaurant. Everything was top notched.

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LP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Food was fantastic. The popardelle is the best i have ever had

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Two of our dishes were very salty. The pasta with chicken livers so salty we had to send back. The Caesar salad was salty too and did not resemble a Caesar as one knows it. Server should have mentioned this. Service was slow but respectful .Our concerns were addressed in professional way. The chocolate cake was terrible, cold, reminding one of something storebought.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Used to be good. Food not so good at Brunch. Never been to brunch here. Dinner has always been good. Chef is super talented but maybe not at the wheel at brunch

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was extremely rude. The waitress was very unprofessional.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter disappeared- we asked for coffee as we were being seated- took 30 minutes to be served. When brunch was served they brought the food for only four of five diners. Had to call the waiter over to check on the missing food. He was oblivious. It was either not ordered or taken by another server. No attempt to indicate what happened.The waiter then disappeared again and had to ask the hostess for our check.

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AF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice birthday dinner at Upland. The food was great. I thought they might make the birthday celebration a little more special, not just bring the dessert over with a candle and not even say happy birthday, but we had a nice time non the less. I will say that the restaurant was freezing, especially at the bar since it is close to the front door.

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FW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In the neighborhood for a charity event at Irving plaza and could’t miss the chance to try Obama’s favorite restaurant

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ST
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place remains epic! Great everything! Always a great time!

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EH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! The service was excellent and the skirt steak was perfect!

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E
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great vibe and delicious food. Everything you want in a fun place to grab a drink and share food.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Everything we ordered was not good...the drinks too sweet... duck wings too spicy, couldn’t eat them...liver pasta was disgusting, tasted like raw liver without any kind of flavor...scallops tasted raw and too tangeriny. Anyway, this is second time I’m writing a review but we honestly didn’t enjoy anything but desert

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great, creative, delicious menu, lovely ambience/atmosphere and service.

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e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the duck and the pappardelle and both dishes were amazing.

I also really enjoyed the beef tartare with farrow on top. Delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible! Highly recommend the duck wings and the Pappardella.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was date night and this was PERFECT. The Branzino for Two was amazing and we had Brussels sprouts to start, and they were so well prepared. This restaurant was the whole package: beautiful ambiance, exceptional service, top-quality food and beverages.

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NS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is great - wonderful food, really great service , fabulous bottle of wine recommended by the waitstaff. The ambience is very nice- sophisticated but not fussy. I will be back.

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MD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Upland but won’t be our last. Loved the comfortable yet elegant ambiance of the restaurant and the food, wine list and service were exceptional! Also appreciated that we were actually able to have a nice conversation amongst the 6 folks at our table.

Awesome and well done!

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cacio Pepe and great ambience! Food was all really fresh and delicious

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MH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

don't understand the hype - food mediocre; waitstaff seemed overly stressed; noise level unnecessarily over the top and this was just for brunch.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited Upland many a time and it never disappoints!

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NC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful although the portions are large. Our waitperson, Courtney was delightful.

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The noise level was positively deafening and overwhelming. If you are under the age of 35, fagedaboutit! The setting is very nice, the seating and tables were comfortable and spacious and the food and service were quite good, but not great; and, it ain't cheap. If you have to go, make sure it's after 10:30pm, if not a bit later. I guess this is the price of success.

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NB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything about our experience was wonderful. Our incredible server set the tone for our meal with his attentive yet restrained service. He made great recommendations for the menu and we enjoyed every last thing we consumed. From the delicious duck wings and crudo, to the pizza and exceptional pasta I wouldn't have changed a thing about our experience at Upland.

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GK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Fish so salty could not eat
Chicken average
Order salad and pizza save money

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BG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is creative and delicious. The ambiance is warm and inviting.

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LD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great location, directly across the street from where we were staying at the Hotel Giraffe. The ambiance was great, very warm and friendly, along with the staff. Now for the food. The bread was very salty but tasty, this was followed by a salty and vinegar heavy salad. My salmon was okay, a little crusty. My husband ordered the mushroom appetizer that was large and intimidating. He returned it and to the restaurants credit, we were not charged. Okay but not a perfect meal.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The love of my life accompanied me on this date which made this experience perfect ❤️ But if you will as constructive criticism I’d just like to say the service was a tad bit slow... we started with a margarita pizza ... maybe the waitress thought that was all we were having although my date said we’d have the margarita to start... she returned at which point my date ordered a coke ....I want to say we waited about forty min for the food definitely more than thirty min ....my meal was delicious chicken senat I believe with Brussel sprouts. My date had potatoes covered in a dill sauce that he didn’t love i on the other hand enjoyed them and a tasty steak for his main that I found a bit rough but tasty ... a different gentleman replaced the female waitress at some point btw both very friendly and professional. Option to check a coat was nice I declined my date had his checked . Side note Upland was nicely lit and cozy spaceous seating . Overall I’m very happy with the experience . Hope this helps

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall! Loved the ambiance- very handsome space, and a perfect place to celebrate my birthday. The food was all delicious, and we were spoilt with extras, compliments of the chef. The service was professional, personable, and very pleasant. 5 stars all-around!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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d
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you can’t have a good time here you have some issues !
The food is uniformly excellent, the vibe great, the noise level low but not dead, and the service is always attentive and knowing.
The duck wings. Oh man.
The mushroom if they have it. What.
The cacio. Seriously.
You can’t go wrong here. Enjoy !

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back again.

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