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Lunch and dinner in NY, NY

Cheryl Douglas Jan 23, 1998 07:48 AM

My friend and I are coming to New York from London in the UK for a shopping trip. We want to visit some really nice restaurants (not to expensive) with a lot of atmosphere (basically lots of fun!). Can anyone recomend anywhere in Manhatten, Greenwish etc.

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    Gary Cheong Jan 23, 1998 04:09 PM

    One thing to do would be to park yourselves at the bar
    of Patria (Park Ave. South & 20th St.), get a couple
    of cocktails like the Mojito or Patria Colada, and
    then order some apps. off the menu. Do try the
    Honduran Fire & Ice tuna ceviche -- it's delicious,
    plus the presentation is awesome. The chef Doug
    Rodriguez is doing interesting things with his Nuevo
    Latino cuisine.

    I also recommend Union Pacific (on East 22nd St.)which
    is 2 blocks away from Patria. Beautifully decorated,
    with a very talented chef in Rocco di Spirito. They
    also have a lounge to try if you feel dinner is too

    There are also 2 restaurants in the new hip
    neighborhood of NOLITA (North of Little Italy)worth a
    try. Rialto - 265 Elizabeth St (Betw. Houston &
    Prince), and La Cigale - 231 Mott St. (Betw. Prince &

    You should also take in the atmosphere in the
    downstairs lounge of Chez Es Saada in the East Village
    at 42 East First St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave.) Food can
    get quite expensive and is only ok, so you can skip
    that. Just go for drinks.

    If you like a late night nosh, go to Blue Ribbon - 97
    Sullivan St (near Spring St). Get the bone marrow
    with oxtail marmalade (yum !!) or make friends with
    Alonzo (hope he's still there) the oyster man at the
    bar. If you crave sushi, walk up the block to Blue
    Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan St).

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      Alex Jan 23, 1998 11:04 AM

      Mesa Grill and the more casual Mesa City are both reasonably priced restaurants with a fun atmosphere. The food at Mesa Grill is better and there is a larger selection. Bobby Flay is the Chef and he is well known in the US for his excellent southwestern food.

      La Mela in Little Italy is a unique dining experience. The italian food is tasty, and the service and decor are very, very original. There is no menu and you basically negotiate the price of your meal when you are done.

      Cite is a steakhouse (without the typical beer-hall decor) in midtown (near Rockeller Center). The have a deal where all the wine with your meal is included for free. The choice of wine is good, as is the food.

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