Upland

4.7
1915 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
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.
What 1915 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LD
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Truly, very few restaurants are better than Upland!

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KA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor-bright, airy. Friendly staff from hostess to waiter and servers. Lunch was very good. Will try it for dinner. A bit noisy but not distracting level.

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upland is consistently excellent. A warm greeting at the door, great service and a delicious and generous menu. Book in advance - it’s popular for all the right reasons!

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

Beautiful design. Fantastic ambience. Delicious food. Great service. Will definitely be back and recommend to everyone.

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GW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was not as good as usual. I love the little gem salad and it was not the same in looks or taste. New chef? And my beloved mushrooms were good but portion was half the size.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, from Chile, was incredible - gave us nice suggestions, was gentle and fast, and the food was amazing!

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h
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Our server was amazing too!!

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M
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had brunch there on Sunday. Very nice selection of breakfast items as well as great dishes from the dinner menu were available. My eggs Benedict was cooked to order as I don’t like runny yolk. Service was great as usual.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service. Didn’t rush us when we were having coffee after.

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IR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always leave Upland feeling happy and full! Great brunch spot because of the food and the aesthetics of the restaurant!

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EL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Normally, we love Upland but our last visit was disappointing. The service was rushed (entrees delivered before salads were finished, plates snatched up if you rested your fork) and the food was not up to par. Salmon with farro was mayonnaise-y and too rich. Skirt steak was tasty but SO tough. Five Lettuce Caesar salad was bitter, over dressed, and not worth the considerable effort required to eat it. Little Gem salad and pastas were delicious as usual. Stick with those.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente completamente !!
Vuelvo

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i
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 25th birthday here with my girls, it was absolutely amazing. The food was sooo delicious the wine was really good!! Definitely try the chocolate cake!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Branzino I've ever had. I would definitely recommend. Heirloom tomatoes fresh and colorful though they were a little drenched with too much dressing. I love the restaurant. The crowd is vibrant, and the banquette seats are extremely comfortable. My one criticism is that the restaurant is incredibly noisy. By the end of the evening I had a sore throat and headache which was too bad. The noise level ruined an otherwise lovely evening.

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Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

After careful research, I made a 6 pm reservation at Upland's for early dinner. The restaurant itself is beautiful, warm, welcoming, and comfortable. We ordered the Kale salad, which was not to our liking at all -- perhaps slicing the Kale leaves would have made it easier to consume (Kale leaves are tough), but our major issue was the overwhelming acidity of the dressing. Similarly, I ordered a fish dish with risotto and the acid/vinegar was overpowering. I couldn't even eat it. Nobody bothered to ask me if I had a problem, she just whisked the plate away. Which leads to the final issue, service - it was distant at best.

I was confused about our experience vs. all of the positive ratings I'd read and the James Beard achievement. But, then I went back and read the reviews in least to most positive ranking. There it was, several mentions of food saltiness and lackluster service. When you plan and anticipate a unique and satisfying dining experience, its a huge let down when it doesn't pan out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and am a big fan of this place.

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KP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was okay but the service was terrible. We waited for like 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee. We had to ask twice for a refill before they brought us one. We had to flag our waitress down every time we wanted something. She never came by to check on us.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It’s a very nice place and the staff was very pleasant. However for the pricing there is little value since the liquor markup is obscenely high and the food pricing as well.3 duck legs for $21? Overall this is typical. The service was missing a beat-no refills of water unless asked.No wine pours from the somm after she poured the first glasses from the bottle.No bread refill.Pasta with livers was bizarre.Spaghetti with Fish roe overly salty and bland at the same time.
No value here at all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little on the pricey side, but the quality of the food and atmosphere are worth it. There’s an attention to detail with the food yet the environment is comfortable.

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JD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch at Upland. The food was good thought the doughnuts we thought would be warm! The atmosphere is very nice and the service was good. Our server was kind but didn't appear to be too happy. A good connection with your server set the tone for the rest of the meal right off the bat.

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A una delas personas de los 4 no le trajeron la comida se les olvidó y a un que no cobraron el plato el mal rato fue igual no recomiendo el sitio por mucho presidente que vaya

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CH
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed wonderful lunch, in and out in timely manner, great service attention, and shared a wine from extensive wine list.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Buen lugar para comida con amigos, el ambiente muy bueno, el servicio también.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and attentive service. Quite noisy, but fun.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect. Upland hit the highest marks and had a great atmosphere. The design and lighting define and compliment the experience. The food was wonderful and interesting and well proportioned and the menu had just the right options. Cocktail and wine were also superb. Service was friendly and authentic. Well done!

The labneh cheesecake was one of the more fascinating desserts I’ve had...one people will be trying to recreate at home I think.

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UW
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great buzzing atmosphere. Waitress was spot on with all her recommendations. Food was delicious and creative with reasonable size portions unlike many other similar caliber hot spots.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service in the city.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had the best time! my friend flew in from Florida and we stayed a few blocks away in a hotel. Walked over and enjoyed a fabulous meal - the cacio e pepe was beyond delicious ( i didn't share) and the branzino was one of the best ever! Can't wait to come back!

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BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service has fallen off a bit since it first opened, and the food isn’t quite as inspired.

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JW
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was great but the service was so poor that it ruined the experience. Had to wait 1/2 hour to be seated although we had a reservation through Open Table. The restaurant is so loud -- everyone is yelling at each other to be heard over the din. Not sure I'd go here again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food took over 45 minutes and server never apologized/warned us that the kitchen was backed up. Server didn't even check in on our table routinely - had we had known there was a back-up, we would have ordered an appetizer to subside our hunger and pass the time. Once the food finally came, one of the plates was still missing and took another 10 minutes. Disappointing.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal as always! I wish they would bring the dessert with angle food cake back!!

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food is just slightly above average, service was not there, overall the main feature here is the space itself, its a very nicely designed restaurant.

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YS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Not an easy menu. I couldn’t pick an appetizer and the rest was pizza pasta and mains

Chicken came with an actual leg with claws. Didn’t like that

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here for a birthday celebration. Ordered the estrella and the salmon to share. The salmon was beautifully cooked, the farro salad was bright and had a hint of licorice - a great combination with the estrella which is delicious and very rich. My only quibble is that the estrella was only lukewarm; I really would have preferred it to be a bit warmer. The service was friendly and attentive without hovering. When we made the reservation, we noted it was a birthday. The hostess and waitress made sure to say happy birthday and sent us a creme fraiche ice cream with candles to celebrate.

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The stunningly beautiful “Caesar” salad is my favorite in the city. This is my go to for lunch with a friend. The restaurant is super pretty. The food is delicious. You can get crudo if you’re looking for something light or pasta is your hungry. Everything on the menu is fabulous. As for a booth.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great vegetarian food (although I am not a vegetarian), good ambiance and lovely wait staff. Great wine selection.
Very high noise level is a problem, which would eliminate certain friends whom I might have invited to dine there with me. However, there are those others who would be OK with it.

I'd certainly go back, any time....

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W
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty dishes in general. Bustling energetic place.

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SF
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our server ignored us for most of the time. Had to ask several times for drink refills.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent 3+ hours at a little table tucked in a corner. Food was delicious, service was excellent. Never felt rushed. Would definitely go back.

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