Chef-owner Bill Telepan's eponymous eatery has brought some much-needed culinary zing to the Upper West Side (and it's a great place to go before Lincoln Center). The greenmarket-driven menu is heavy on the veggies (the seasonal vegetable starter wakes your palate right up), but fish lovers and first-timers should hook into the signature starter, the smoked trout paired with sweet apple sour cream. Anything on the menu that contains eggs, like the "egg-in-a-hole" served with spinach and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, is worth a try. There's the usual presence of foie gras and pork belly but Telepan does seafood very well (try the scallops). For dessert, a crunchy peanut-butter and gianduja duo with peanut brittle ice cream is sublime.
- Address: 72 W. 69th St., between Columbus Ave. and Central Park W, Upper West Side, New York, NY, 10023-5212 | Map It
- Phone: 212/580–4300
- Website: www.telepan-ny.com
- Subway: 1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center; 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St.; B, C to 72nd St
- Location: Upper West Side
- Credit cards accepted.
- No lunch Mon. and Tues.
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