Let’s face it: when we think of the Upper West Side, we don’t always think of it as the go-to destination for exciting nights out. Sure, there have always been some places to go for a great meal and cocktails but it’s always been more of a family-land with limited options – at least, to us.
That’s all changing now. Downtown darlings RedFarm and The Smith have opened up shop uptown and there are more and more cool spots cropping up around the ‘hood. But we have a new favorite: Dakota Bar.
Opened earlier this year by Wine and Roses Jennifer Klein, Dakota Bar is a fun and energetic bar slash restaurant, serving up some tasty cocktails and fantastic food located on the prime corner of Columbus and 72nd Street. Invoking the vibe of a trendy downtown cocktail lounge, Dakota Bar has the requisite dark lighting and flickering candles, good-looking and friendly staff and comfortable seating at the wrap-around bar and high-top tables.
Aside from having a great energy, Dakota Bar offers an extensive wine list and really solid cocktail, including the UWS Negroni and the bourbon-based Portly Manhattan – two of the drinks we sampled and loved.
As for the food, there is a solid selection of appetizers, salads, pizzas and pastas to sample. The bite-size Mini Empanadas with black beans, Sante Fe chili and cheese and Eggplant Fries were delicious while the Arugula and Mixed Greens with pear, avocado, dried cranberries and crumbled bleu cheese is the perfect blend of flavors for a lighter meal.
The selections of pizza include a classic Margherita, a Shrimp and Asparagus and a Sausage and Fennel with jalapeno which was highly recommended by the gracious and helpful server. Looking for something heartier? Dakota Bar has a handful of pasta bowls like the Mushroom Stuffed Rigatoni, Fusilli with cannellini beans and broccoli pesto and Walnut and Gorgonzola.
Now, with the opening of Dakota Bar, Upper West Siders no longer have to trek downtown for an exciting night out.
The Dakota Bar NYC Details
53 West 72nd Street
Dakota Hours of Operation:
Monday 12:00 – 2:00 am, 4:00 – 11:59 pm
Tuesday 12:00 – 2:00 am, 4:00 – 11:59 pm
Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 am, 4:00 – 11:59 pm
Thursday 12:00 – 2:00 am, 4:00 – 11:59 pm
Friday 12:00 – 2:00 am, 4:00 – 11:59 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 2:00 am, 2:00 – 11:59 pm
Sunday12:00 – 2:00 am, 2:00 – 11:59 pm