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The Taste of The Upper West Side Returns for its 13th Year

September 27, 2021, 6:37.59 pm ET

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Taste of the Upper West Side (TUWS), presented by American Airlines and Mastercard, will return to Manhattan with a stellar lineup of chefs and mixologists on Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd under the Grand Tent on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets. The annual event boasts over 70 chefs, restaurants and culinary personalities.

TUWS kicks off their annual two-night, open-air food event with Grillin’ in the City where over 20 popular Upper West Side restaurants grill up their favorite menu items. New to the Friday night event this year is an exciting collaboration with Whiskies of the World, where one can taste and sample various whiskies from near and far. Also making a debut is TUWS’ first-ever Biergarten, which will feature a variety of fall sips and beer inspired cocktails curated by neighborhood favorites Tiki Chick and Nobody Told Me.


At Best of the West, presented by Park West Village, celebrated Upper West Side dining destinations will prepare nibbles of their haute cuisine. Ticket holders for Best of the West’s VIP Reception will enjoy exclusive one-hour priority access to bites, sips and local culinary stars. Best of the West will also play host to Bubbly Under the Stars, a bar experience celebrating all things sparkling in our open-air tasting tent. This year, several restaurants will make their TUWS debuts including Dagon, Boka, Pekarna, Covacha, Sushi 85, Manhattanville Market’s Butterfunk Biscuit Co., The Baylander, Felice, Tasca and Kissaki. Live music by acclaimed group Project Orange Music will heighten the ambiance of the Upper West Side’s most anticipated event of the year.

To ensure the safety of guests, talent and partners, and in accordance with CDC, NY State and NYC guidelines, Taste of the Upper West will require all guests to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Proceeds from Taste of the Upper West Side 2021 will go back into the community and help fund neighborhood projects through the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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