I am one happy woman. Great restaurants keep sprouting up on the Upper West Side. I’ll be busy writing about them all weekend long so that you can visit them and keep them in business for my tummy’s benefit. The end of bad dining on the Upper West seems inevitable. We’ve got Indie Food & Wine, Vai, The Tangled Vine, The Purple Fig, and of course all the Boulud properties. I can’t wait to find out what pops up next.
Indie Food and Wine is not that new. It opened late in 2011. I don’t know what kept me from going there. I am quickly becoming an addict.
The restaurant is the brainchild of restaurateur Jason Denton. If he sounds familiar it’s because he’s also the brain behind Betto, Corsino, ’ino, and ’inoteca. It is housed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Lincoln Center (which I plan to become a member of ASAP).
Why do I like it? The food is fantastic and inexpensive. The wine list is great. I dropped by for lunch with my friend Barbara of Cotes de Longue Selections. They have a great deal, for $13 you get a half sandwich and salad. We both chose to go this route.
My sandwich was the turkey club. It had delicious bacon, lemon mayo, bibb lettuce, green tomato & potato chips on pullman. The only thing missing was a fried egg. Seriously good sandwich. The salad was radish and dandelion. It had these incredibly fresh and tasty croutons that I could not resist. There were pieces of anchovy for umami. There was nothing boring about this salad. In fact, when I returned the next day to pick up lunch…I had the same salad again.
Indie Food and Wine is located at 144 West 65th Street, steps from Lincoln Center.
On writing this piece, I found out that Indie offers dinner and a movie for $25. Another Win!