The Upper West Side condos for sale at 101 West 78th Street sit at the intersection of the Upper West Side’s best attractions. To the east, the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park offer green outdoor space and hours of family-friendly fun. To the west, Broadway’s iconic food shops and gourmet grocers are a home chef’s delight. Along Amsterdam Avenue, which runs between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, is a lively stretch of independent boutiques and restaurants, as well as cultural gems like Lincoln Center and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Residents of 101 West 78th are also within walking distance of some of Amsterdam Avenue’s finest wines and well-mixed cocktails, ideal for local oenophiles and spirits connoisseurs.
Burke and Wills | 226 West 79th Street
Just off Amsterdam Avenue on West 79th Street, Burke and Wills offers New Yorkers an Australian twist on the traditional American bistro. Named for intrepid explorers Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills—the Lewis and Clark of Australia—this charmingly atmospheric pub offers craft beer, an impressive array of spirits and cocktails, and a fascinating menu with classic entrees like roasted salmon and cured arctic char, listed alongside Aussie favorites like the kangaroo burger with tomato jam, arugula, pickled onion, and triple-fried chips. The raw bar offers the perfect accompaniment for after-work drinks like the Bushfire Margarita, a bracing house specialty made with mezcal and orange bitters. For those who’ve recently landed in the Upper West Side neighborhood, a jaunt from their condos to Burke and Wills will help celebrate the excitement of exploring new territory. The dining room sits beneath a glass canopy, and vintage Australian photographs and ephemera all add to Burke and Wills’s rugged explorer vibe.
Manhattan Cricket Club | 226 West 79th Street
Conveniently perched just upstairs from Burke & Wills is the Manhattan Cricket Club. This tucked-away speakeasy bar’s upholstered leather chairs, Victorian lighting fixtures, and dark wood paneling—as well as enough cricket memorabilia to make any Anglophile swoon—might make you suspect that Winston Churchill is enjoying a snifter of brandy in the next room. The menu is a blast from a less diet-conscious past, too, as it features savory treats like crab beignets and pork rillette with cornichons, in addition to classic Australian desserts like the pavlova with passionfruit curd and fresh berries. The cocktail menu is as much fun to read as it is to sample, with offerings like the Bonfire of the Calamities (lime-infused vodka, lemon, agave, and bonfire spritz) or the Rhum Around (three aged rums, a tincture of pistachio, lime, and agave). There’s no official dress code, but patrons are strongly encouraged to wear ties.
Olma Caviar Boutique and Lounge | 420 Amsterdam Avenue
When a special occasion calls for a truly luxurious lunch or an after-work treat, Olma Caviar’s Upper West Side “caviar boutique and lounge” is a peerless destination. Greeting patrons near the entrance of the elegantly understated gray and plum interior is a display case stocked with a tempting array of caviar packaged in their classic bright blue tins, as well as stylish serving accessories to recreate the experience at home. The complex flavors on the menu extend from the foie gras sandwiches to signature cocktails, champagne, and prosecco, as well as a tasty selection of smoked fish, fresh lobster, and shrimp, and of course, some of the most exquisite caviar in New York City. Olma imports caviar from Alaska and abroad and offers dozens of different varieties for the roe connoisseur.
Vanguard | 189 Amsterdam Avenue
Vanguard Wine Bar strikes the perfect balance between a refined cosmopolitan menu and the pleasures of old-fashioned comfort food. The small plates include French-inspired treats like the savory goat cheese and onion tarte, marinated picholine and nicoises olives, a mini caviar trio, and colorful macarons for dessert, or even a champagne float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a truly celebratory toast. The wine selection is organized by color, taste, and what oenophiles describe as “body,” in categories like “mild-mannered reds” and “aromatic whites.” No wine snobbery here, though: the knowledgeable staff is happy to guide new patrons through Vanguard’s impressive selection, and there are traditional offerings on the menu for those seeking a classic martini or a craft beer.