Ninth Annual New Taste Of The Upper West Side Returning To New York On June 3 And 4

For the ninth year running, the New Taste of the Upper West Side will be returning to New York City on the evenings of June 3 and 4. Held under a block-long tent on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets, this year's festival will include two different events: the annual Best of the West, on Saturday night; and the first-ever Summer in the City: Surf and Turf, on Friday.

The new event will bring 45 restaurants together under one roof, and they'll all be serving their take on classic surf and turf in a walk-around tasting. Hosted by chefs Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, participating restaurants will include Maison Pickle, Jin Ramen, Han Dynasty, 5 Napkin Burger, Playa Betty's, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Meatball Shop, Shake Shack, AG Kitchen, and an as-yet-unnamed restaurant from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. It will be held on Friday, June 3 from 7-10 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here for $105.

On Saturday night, the flagship Best of the West will also bring together 45 restaurants under one roof, some of the neighborhood's finest. Hosted by NBC's Sara Gore and accompanied by the musical stylings of an 18-piece big band, participating restaurants will include RedFarm, Calle Ocho, Cesca, Jean-Georges, Nice Matin, Tavern on the Green, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Jacques Torres, and Rosa Mexicano. Tickets can be purchased here for $135 per person. For $225, guests can purchase a VIP ticket, which will grant them early access (at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:30), a gift bag, and a private lounge and bar.