You can take a trip around the world for dinner between 125th and 155th Street on Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights. The strip is emerging as a Restaurant Row destination with new establishments cropping up regularly, offering delicious fare in abundant variety from all around the globe. From Colombian arepas, satisfying poké bowls, a family-friendly Indian restaurant, to homemade Greek yogurt, one can have a dizzying time walking up and down Amsterdam Avenue trying to decide where/what to eat. Here are a few new establishments for you to consider:
Barepas – offering Venezuelan cuisine with an Asian and Spanish twist, Barepas opened in late 2018, and is the perfect place to unwind, sampling an extensive selection of wines. Pair them with ceviche and chips, empanadas or patacones, or the traditional Venezuelan chicken soup. The food, much like the atmosphere, has an upscale flare, is as delicious as it looks and smells, the menu changing with the season. Not yet offering lunch service, Barepas is a great place for dinner or post-work small plates and bites.
Barepas – 1792 Amsterdam Avenue (between W 148th & 149th Street), New York NY 10031, (646) 410 0261, (https://www.barepas.com)
A new comer to the scene is L’Argot – a restaurant and wine bar with an eclectic menu on Sugar Hill. Enjoy offerings from ceviche to an apple strudel dessert while enjoying the relaxing ambiance, live jazz music and sip a cocktail. With reasonable prices for the fare, there is surely an item on the menu for everyone, at every price point. L’Argot’s menu is as inviting as the ambiance and staff, sure to be a neighborhood favorite for when one craves an atmosphere and unsure of what they would like to eat.
L’Argot – 142 Hamilton Place, New York, NY 10031, (646) 858 0312 (https://www.largotnyc.com/)
Makana – The Hawaiian poke trend has reached Hamilton Heights, and as of a year ago, the Makana franchise is a welcomed healthier (well, in part) option in the neighborhood. The casual eatery offers poke bowls (consisting of rice, edamame, raw fish and a seaweed salad) and other Hawaiian fare like BBQ, the Loco Moco (beef patty topped with an egg and homemade mushroom gravy), spam, and true to trend, tacos with a Hawaiian twist. For fast, casual, colorful, tropical flair, come say Aloha at Makana.
Makana – 1503 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10031, (212) 368 5033, (http://www.makananyc.com/)
Mumbai Masala – becoming a fast favorite in the neighborhood, Mumbai Masala has a lively environment with vibrant floor to ceiling wallpaper of the Mumbai cityscape and lotus light fixtures. For the superior quality of the food, it is hard to beat these prices. Plenty of seating and family style meals makes Mumbai Masala a good option for group destinations, with an extensive menu of Indian favorites of starters (samosa, shrimp, pakora, etc.), tandoor, lamb & goat dishes, seafood, chicken, breads, rice, desserts – and importantly, a wide variety of vegetarian AND vegan options. Don’t forget to take a look at the dessert menu, offering kheer, gulab jamun (fried milk balls with sugar syrup), rasmalai (cheese patties with cream and nuts) and kulfi.
Mumbai Masala – 1768 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10031 (btwn 147th and 148th Street), (212) 368 0100, (http://www.mumbaimasalanyc.com/)
Whaddapita – a casual, airy and open space, with a counter for ordering and a few two-top tables for seating, Whaddapita offers Greek street food favorites such as pita sandwiches, platters, gyros and salads. There are plenty of sides to choose from – rice pilaf, spanakopita, fries and pita bread and the selection of homemade dips are not to be missed – tzatsiki, feta, eggplant and hummus are fresh and delicious. A personal favorite – the homemade greek yogurt is creamy, smooth and perfect with honey and/or oats toppings available. For quick, delicious Greek food, served by a friendly staff, you can say OPA at Whaddapita. Be aware, however, that they are closed on Saturday and Sunday, so you will need to find an alternative to satisfy your craving for fresh Greek food.
Whaddapita – 1625 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10031, (917) 965 2489, (https://www.seamless.com/menu/whaddapita-1625-amsterdam-ave-new-york/1060874)