Restaurant Review: Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, New York City

By Jonathan Spira on 8 June 2017
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The show windows that line the corridor on the ground floor of the Decoration and Design Building on Third Avenue in Manhattan tell the story: 18 floors filled with showrooms with furniture of all shapes and sizes for a wide variety of tastes. Upon entering you’d think you might even be in the wrong building. However, do proceed up to the 14th floor, where you’ll find Upper Story, a quiet, unassuming establishment.

Given that the dining room was empty except for one table, it almost seemed odd that the lone employee asked if we had a reservation. We did, and were seated by the window, a choice location although almost every table has excellent views provided by a wall of windows.

Upper Story replaced an earlier Charlie Palmer café and event space called Astra in 2015 and it has the feeling more of a private club, perhaps for those in the building, than just an ordinary restaurant. Everyone is welcome of course.

Beet salad at Upper Story.

Beet salad at Upper Story.

Would we please order sooner rather than later because the kitchen is closing soon?

Our reservation was for 1 p.m. and we were ten minutes late but had called ahead. It felt rushed to not be able to linger over the menu, with a deadline of 20 minutes but it was doable.

The menu itself was short and to the point yet had enough of a variety to appeal to myself and FBT’s technology editor, Jeremy Del Nero, who recently went vegan. First, there were the salads. I spied the word beet in the last item, roasted beet and pear salad. Lollo rosso (lettuce leaves), chicken, fennel, blue cheese, red wine vinaigrette. “Please leave out the fennel” and the result was a masterpiece of the genre.

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