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Upper West Side Restaurant Opening: Gus & Gabriel Offers Comfort Food

Chef Michael  of Greek eateries Anthos and Kefi is turning to comfort food. Apparently inspired by his son Gabriel’s food preferences—they range from grilled cheese to hot dogs—Psilakis’ new Upper West Side diner-like menu will feature comfort food favorites.

Photo:  National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Photo: National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

The gastropub is named after Psilakis’ late father, Gus, and his son Gabriel.  It’s in the same spot on 79th Street that was once occupied by Kefi, Psilakis’ enormously popular neighborhood Greek spot.

“I was making simple, kid-friendly American foods for my son. We’re talking grilled cheese, turkey sandwiches, nachos, hot dogs.  He was enjoying them and I was having a blast,” says Psilakis.  “I wondered, why not take these comfort foods to a new level by preparing them in a professional kitchen?”

The top price for any item is $15. There are standards like chili, French onion soup, and sandwiches composed of homemade pastrami and corn beef, not to mention a full list of drinks for grownups in your group. From the bar, there are 50 beers and 70 varieties of bourbon, scotch, rum and tequila.

If you try Gus & Gabriel, let me know…

Gus & Gabriel
222 W. 79th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
Reservations and credit cards are not accepted.
(212) 362-7470

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2 comments to Upper West Side Restaurant Opening: Gus & Gabriel Offers Comfort Food

  • Hi there! I dined at Gus & Gabriel on Saturday night and it was magnificent! The menu is so inviting and full of things one would genuinely want to eat … it was hard to make a selection. We chose the hot potato chips, guacamole and chips, and a bowl of chili for starters … all outstanding. While the bowl of chili was quite substantial (and remarkably delicious), the other starter portions are small, which argues for choosing several and sharing. I loved the potato chips and would go back just to have them again.

    We followed the apps with fish and chips, the hot turkey sandwich and fried chicken. Again, all were excellent. The biscuits which accompanied the chicken were a highlight for sure!

    The dessert menu is truly a thing of beauty and I doubt you could go wrong with any of the offerings. We tried the peanut butter and jelly cup cake and the “chipwich and shake” combo. The cupcake was moist, packed with flavor, and totally scrumptious. The “chipwich and shake” was indulgent to say the least … deeply flavored caramel ice cream packed between two dark chocolate cookies and a rich vanilla shake that had been spiked with Jim Beam. To … Die … For.

    The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly, the prices reasonable, and the beer & spirits selection quite impressive. Top to bottom, the whole experience was wonderful and one I’m sure I’ll repeat often … the question is how difficult will it be to get a table once the word gets out?!


  • [...] and hugely successful chef will have opened another restaurant on the Upper West Side called Gus & Gabriel (named for his father & son). A departure from Greek cuisine, this ‘gastro pub’ [...]

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