Finally, a reasonably healthy fast food burger restaurant on the UWS! Until a couple years ago, we only had McDonald's. When you walk into Shake Shack, you feel better because you're aware of their eco-friendly marketing campaign. The burgers are 100% All Natural Angus Beef. No Hormones and no antibiotics, ever. The burgers are served on tasty brioche buns and while they're significantly smaller than other restaurant burgers, that's ok. You don't feel too full when you're finished eating. The menu us quite basic: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Mushroomburger and the Shack Burger. You can also throw in a Flat Top Dog and an order of fries (which aren't the pencil-thin fast food fries) but rather crinkle fries. If you're feeling especially adventurous, there is an overwelming selection of shakes and concretes (i was never able to understand the different). But, beware of very long lines. At lunchtime, the lines are wrapped around a city block. While they do move quickly (and you'll get your fancy vibrating buzzer so you can wait outside), if you're hungry, you will have to wait. And, chances are, you won't get a seat.
Best Family-Friendly Pizza Restaurant on Upper West Side! Dean's Pizzeria is our neighborhood favorite. It's the ideal spot for families with kids because it's huge and can handle larger groups. You don't need to worry about the noise. It's loud anyway so if your kid is crying, you don't have to get paranoid. We love the pizzas. They're not greasy, no too cheesy-- you actually feel healthy eating a slice. Grandma's Pizza is our favorite. It's old-fashioned square pizza and guaranteed to fill you up. But, there's a slew of other menu items outside of the pies. From pastas to family-sized salads to and meat dishes to awesome sides like our fave, garlic broccoli, there's something for everyone. Best part, often times you can just walk in without a reservation. The service is friendly and accommodating. We've never left hungry or dissatisfied. But, don't forget, this restaurant I'd family-friendly. If you are looking for an intimate quiet place to eat, you won't find that at Dean's. Get ready for large parties, strollers and birthday celebrations.
Ali Baba has turned into a neighbors favorite for my fiancé and I did to their consistently great service, friendly staff, and of course, reasonably price delicious food. While this isn't saying much, Ali Baba is, by far, the best restaurant in Murray Hill. Some other notes: - expect to spend ~$25pp for a split appetizer + main course - good for parents - in terms of ambiance, it's not a "cool place", so second thoughts on a first date of you're looking for a scene - you can make reservations, though the line is never over 10 minutes - ask to be seated in te back to avoid foot traffic from the front door Recommendations: hummus, the Mediterranean salad, the kebabs, and the pide. I'm sure other dishes are good as well, just, we're creatures of habit and have stuck to a combination of those dishes.