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  • Sally O May 19, 1998 08:27 PM
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Sharks Casual NYC Picks©

Uptown/Midtown:
€ Divine Bar - Heavenly tapas, wine flights& microbrews set in slick midtown triplex @ 244 E. 51st.
€ Elaine's - Despite wretched Italian food, always a scene to be seen; great weeknites! @ E. 89th & 2nd.
€ Mare Mare - You'll shout "More, more!" @ this delish fish & seafooder @ 225 Columbus (70/71).
€ Quatorze Bis - Voltaire never had it so trés bien. Busy, buzzy bis-tro w/ true French fare @ 323 E. 79th
€ Gennaro - The ONLY place to eat Italian on the UWS. The 25 seats fill fast @665 Amsterdam Ave 92/93.
€ Sugar Bar - Nick Ashford's Out of Africa theme & cuisine; African spiced shrimp rule @ 354 W. 72nd.
€ Trattoria Rustica - Rustic indeed, w/ heaping mounds of home-made pasta for nary a lire @ 347 E. 85th St.
€ Gabriela's - Óle! This ultra-casual dive has fab Mexican food, kick-ass Marg's & tunes @ 685 Amsterdam.

42nd Street to Union Square ((14th Street))
€ Agrotikon - Greek cuisine fit for Zeus, but priced for a gypsy. One of best this side of Astoria. 322 E.14th.
€ Cafe Inferno - Go in-fer-no nonsense Med eats & coal oven pizzette @ this blazing hot boite @165 8th Ave.
€ Chelsea Bistro - Transporting Left Bank experience w/ chelestial potatoes au gratin @ 358 W. 23rd St.
€ Da Beco - Da Bucko stops here, or da lire anyway. Must try pastas, antipasto for cheap! 517 2nd Ave. (29th)
€ El çid - Tiny Chelsea Tapas bar w/ wicked Sangria & moderate Iberian fare @ 322 W. 15 (ask for Jacinta ).
€ La Luncheonette - Cozy & funky, (the missing dwarfs?) & always worth the wait @ 130 10th Ave.
€ La Pizza Fresca - Certified 100% Neopolitan by the pizzaioli, a.k.a. NYPP or NY pizza police @ 31 E. 20.
€ Lola¹s Sunday Brunch - Hoppin' gospel brunch w/Cajun fare & ragun' Bloody Mary's @ 30 W. 22.
€ Luma - Destined to become luma-nary; Shark's pick for modern French cooking @ its best; 200 9th Ave.
€ Mavalli Palace -- The top Indian in scenic Curry Hill, where veggie curries rule mavalliously @ 46 E. 29.
€ Medusa -- Two Words: Hair Gel. No, actually, Flaming Cheese. Medusa will seduce ya. 239 Park @ 19th.
€ Osteria Ribollita - Its namesake peasant soup is a 1 bowl feast. Cheapo, but fine Italian @260 Park (20/21)
€ Pacific East - Pacific Eats better describes this hip & terrific Pan-Asian w/ South Beach vibe @ 318 W. 23.
€ Pitchoune -- Here's the pitch: GO! This Provençal bistro has made grown men cry. 226 Third Avenue.
€ Won Jo -- THE place to satisfy your 5 a.m. craving for authentic Korean BBQ. Open 24hrs. @ 23 W. 32nd.

Downtown!
€ Avenue A (Disco) Sushi -- Excuse me, but is that a disco ball in my miso soup? 103 Ave. A (hello!).
€ Blue Ribbon - The name's deservedly so; one of NYC's best for eclectic fare & crowd @ 97 Sullivan St.
€ CamaJe - One of the best, albeit tiniest Villagers for innovative French crepes w/out fuss. 187 McDougal.
€ Ghenet - Come & Ghet it! It's cool to eat w/your hands @ this hot new Ethiopian @ 284 Mulberry St.
€ Grange Hall - Mo' like the grande hall of 40's highballs & nouveau heartland food @ 50 Commerce St.
€ Gus's Place -- No need to get gussied up to enjoy this God of Greek mezedes. 149 Waverly Place.
€ Home -- Take me home or to Home, anytime. Home-style meals w/great flavor & charm @ 20 Cornelia St.
€ Hotel Galvez -- Tex-Mex treats like Posole in no frills cantina w/1st class singers nitely. 103 Ave. B.
€ Il Bagatto -- Funky duplex featuring delicious, eclectic, mod & moderate Italian cuisine @ 192 E.2nd St.
€ Il Buco - Even if your taste for tapas tapers, you'll be tantalized by this trés buco-lic Med @ 47 Bond.
€ Ithaka - Whitewashed taverna located at the base of a town house homemade Greek cuisine. The noble and charming Greek staff, spectacular seafood 48 Barrow St.
€ La Cigale -- See gals & guys feast their eyes on savory French treats @ this lovely bistro @ 231 Mott.
€ Lombardi's - Manhattan's best brick oven pizza; enjoy a clam pizza for a few clams. 32 Spring St.
€ Osteria Fiorentina - Savor Florentine fare w/ flare as Jeff plays piano & violin; (fireplace) 281 Bleecker St.
€ Piccolo Angelo - So hospitable & delicious, you'll wish you too had an Italian Grandma. 621 Hudson.
€ Pisces - Shark feasts on less fortunate finned realtives @ this hip E. Vil duplex w/raw bar @ 95 Ave. A.
€ Pó - Po' man's power Italian w/ quintessential Village feel & appeal; antipasti to die-for @ 31 Cornelia St.
€ Rialto - Hip but not snooty, delish for French foodie. Gorgeous Tuna Sloopy Joe a must. 165 Elizabeth.
€ Robiola - Astounding woodburning oven bakes amazing truffle & robiola pizza et al. @ 535 Hudson St.
€ Savoy - Savor Savoy for lunch or dinner. Sophisticated yet unpretentious Mediterranean @ 70 Prince St.
€ Xunta - If Zena's the warrior princess, Xunta's the tapas prince priced for a pauper; Flamenco! 174 1st Ave.

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