As a new transplant to the Upper West Side, I must admit, I was a tad scared of the dining scene up here. It's known as a "wasteland" of restaurants. It's not known for having too many great restaurants. Luckily, I have found some decent spots, and one such spot is Ouest. Known as a celebrity "clubhouse" up here, many celebs that live on the Upper West Side are known to frequent Chef Tom Valenti's restaurant. A meal here last month showed me why. It's a great spot.

Cauliflower Custard with Butter poached Lobster, Leeks & Trumpet Mushrooms ($18) was truly awesome. Everything about this dish was amazing. From the flavor to the texture, this dish melted in my mouth and I loved it. Order it and see for yourself. Wow.


Pan Roasted California Squab with Duck Liver Risotto ($36), was also super fabulous! I rarely eat squab, but if you eat one squab dish in NYC, this should be it. This perfectly cooked bird, paired with the tasty duck liver risotto, did my body good. I loved the dish.


So for a popular Upper West Side joint, that's worth the hype, head west to Ouest. You'll be glad you did.

2315 Broadway (and 84th St.)
New York, NY 10024