Upland

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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.
What 2341 People Are Saying
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MG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely atmosphere, delicious food.
Recommend for any occasion!

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

Great food, service and ambiance.

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LC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We often eat at Upland. The atmosphere is great and the food is good. It may be super busy with a long wait or really empty. We usually make a reservation because it's unpredictable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and great vibes! Loved this place!

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SG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal there. Everything was absolutely delicious. The address is Park Ave South, but the entrance is actually on 26th St.

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

best, business lunch spot in the neighborhood.
Dinner is great too.

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NY
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful meal and dining experience. The slight over salting of the entrees was noted but not objected to. While the hard shiny wall and ceiling surfaces tend to reflect rather than diminish ambient noise, during the non dinner hours the room sound is tolerable. However, post work drinking and dining conversation makes it more noticeable than a excellent meal should endure. Still at the top of my list of places to go.

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J
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I was coming back for third or forth time. We were initially seated at a table I didn’t like. Because the restaurant was very busy, when I asked to switch tables, I was prepared to be met with at best ambivalence;however, we were moved immediately and with great grace and a spirit of accommodation—just simply with a great attitude towards good service. The food was excellent as usual.

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MM
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

but air con too strong, I was freezing during dinner

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the food quality. Green gem salad had too much dressing - was sour. Cacio e pepe was mediocre. Skirt steak was way too salty and had to send it back. Overall food was pretty disappointing, especially for the price point. Nice ambience but I would not return here for dinner.

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GS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The servers were on top of it and the food was absolutely delicious. Get the branzino to split and the cacio e pepe!!

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is beautiful, service is excellent, drinks are good, food is just OK.

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DR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was especially attentive. Food fab. Decor lovely. Enjoyed so much. We will be back.

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ST
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never, ever disappointed. We visit N.Y 4 to five times a year and go to Upland at least twice every trip. We now ask for our favorite server, Sarah.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here and the server was top notch and helped us with the great selections of food.

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WT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really excellent food, great service. Only negative was the noise.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Chewy tough sinewy lamb, mostly inedible and dry hen of the woods, no flavour. Great gem salad tho

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

Birthday for wife

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GT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around- not to be missed!

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N
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We ate at upland in March and our dinner was so outstanding we couldn’t wait to book a table on our next trip. Menu was totally different (changes all the time) and this time both of our entrees were mediocre. Shrimp mushy in shrimp and crispy rice. My husbands duck entree swamped in brown liquid must have been chefs night out.
If you go-order something else and don’t order the cheesecake either.

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FS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went cuz we heard they have good burgers but apparently they only serve those at lunch 😕 So we changed gears and tried other things in the menu and it was decent i’d like to try the burgers tho...

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my husbands first time at Upland and we HAD to try the famous burger- it did not disappoint! The restaurant was beautiful and service was great. We will certainly go again next time we’re in town.

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C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance; tasty food; good service; a place one wants to go back to again and again.

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g
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food. We enjoyed every course.
Cioppino w Korean spices, mushroom, gem salad, duck wings/legs all excellent. Great presentations for each course.
Service was somewhat indifferent. Had troubles getting wait staff attention before and after food was served.
Beautiful room, great music.

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OM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On our second meal at Upland everything was as good our previous experience. Service was professional and unobtrusive, the vibe just energetic enough to be fun, but still we could engage in a pleasant conversation without raising our voices and disturbing others. The food was excellent, especially the hanger steak which was outstanding. The only quibbles were the salads which were soggy with too much dressing and the fact that several of the dishes we ordered were over salted.

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t
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hands down one of the best burgers in NYC. Personal top 3. Their take on the in-n-out burger is unreal - especially with avocado as an added bonus. Slightly on the expensive end @ $24, but it also comes with a side of fries - well worth it! Highly recommend it!

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S
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated promptly when we arrived. Service was excellent like the food and reasonably priced wine. Good experience.

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant has a nice design but the acoustics is terrible and noise doesn’t allow you a simple conversation

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BG
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great time and the salmon bowl was delightful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
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
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
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 on May 20, 2019
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 on May 20, 2019
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 on May 19, 2019
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 on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place and god food.

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NO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
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 on May 18, 2019
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
66 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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 on May 18, 2019
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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