These are moderately priced (unless otherwise indicated), good food, good value restaurants in the 70s, 80s and 90s on the Upper West Side:

Bettola, 412 Amsterdam Avenue (79/80 Streets) 212-787-1660 local mid-priced Italian

Café Frida, 368 Columbus (77/78) 212-712-2929 Good Mexican, excellent guacamole, margaritas

Hunan Park , 235 Columbus (70/71) 212-724-4411 Inexpensive family Chinese, simple décor

Isabella’s, 359 Columbus (77) 212-724-2100 Comfortable New American, can be crowded on weekends

Jacques-Imo’s, 366 Columbus (77) 212-799-0150 New Orleans Cajun-Creole

La Vela, 373 Amsterdam (77/78) 212-877-7818 Low key Tuscan trattoria

Mughlai, 320 Columbus (75) 212-724-6363 Good basic Indian

Pasha, 70 W 71 Street (Columbus/CPW) 212-579-8751 Mid-priced good Turkish

Penang , 240 Columbus (71) 212-769-3988 Reliable Malaysian

Savann, 414 Amsterdam 79/80 212 580-0202 Relaxed French-Mediterranean

Good Enough to Eat 484 Amsterdam (83/84) 212-496-0163 Inexpensive American

Kitchen 82, 461 Columbus (82) 212-875-1619 Good value New American

Rain, 100 W 82 ( Columbus ) 212-501-0776 nice décor Pan-Asian

Sipan 702 Amsterdam 94 Street 212-665-9929-Peruvian-very good food, nice atmosphere, quite during the week, a little noisier on weekends.
 
Gennaro 665 Amsterdam 92/93 Streets - very good food-Italian-very hectic does not take reservations or credit cards-get there early for seating.
 
Docks 2427 Broadway 89/90 Streets 212-986-8080 OK fish, excellent oysters, lively but not hectic.
 
Gabriela's 688 Columbus 93/94 Street 212-961-9600 good traditional Mexican, good value Saigon Grill 620 Amsterdam 90 Street good Vietnamese a bit hectic and noisy

Pampa 768 Amsterdam 97/98 Streets 212-865-2929 good grilled Argentinean steak. Crowded. No credit cards.

Alouette 2588 Broadway 97/98 Streets 212-222-6808 decent neighborhood French. Small. Make reservations.

Roth’s Westside Steak 680 Columbus 93 Street 212-280-4103 good steak, expensive.

Yuki Sushi 656 Amsterdam 92 Street 212-787-8200 Excellent quality of fish in sushi and sashimi. Moderate price for quality Japanese. Sushi lunch with salad or soup is less than $11.

Miyako 642 Amsterdam 91 Street 212-724-3448 might want to look elsewhere for sushi- multiple health violations were found

Acqua 718 Amsterdam 94/95 Streets 212-222-2752 reasonably priced good Italian (Sicilian and Sardinian) in nice setting.

Pizzabolla 654 Amsterdam 92 Street 212-579-4500 Old style “checkered tablecloth” Italian with very reasonably priced good food.  Good antipasti, entrees, brick-oven pizza and good selection of reasonable priced wine by the bottle and glass.