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Advice for casual good places for Mom and Teenager on the Upper East Side

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  • Gail Feb 21, 1999 04:05 PM
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We don't seem to have much in the way of easy good
places around the Upper East Side..am I missing
some places?

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  1. Can you tell me more about what you mean by "easy"?Top of mind might be EJ's Luncheonette, Serendipity.. and California Pizza Kitchen....also, for spicy...my teenager Loves Penang (2nd ave).

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    1. re: caroline
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      Frank Language

      I'll say it again: the Lexington Candy Shop [locals
      just call it the "Luncheonette"] at 83rd and Lex is the
      perfect place for a burger and a cherry coke. You can
      get breakfast, lunch, or dinner there, and imagine
      Mickey and Judy at the next booth sharing a float.

      It's a slice out of time; behind the counter is a
      Hamilton Beach 3-spindle milkshake master, and beside
      it a container of malt powder. (Last time I was there I
      told the guy how much I loved their coffee malteds and
      he put in extra ice cream for me.) They also have the
      definitive lemonade, as a prominently placed NYTimes
      review will tell you.

      1. re: caroline

        By easy I mean we don't have to dress up and we won't
        have a long wait..My son loves Indian and all manner of
        good sophisticated fare...The luncheonette is cute but
        the food is not his idea of great..he's already a
        goumand

        1. re: Gail
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          Frank Language

          Well, I wouldn't dress up for Sel & Poivre on Lex in
          the Fifties, and they have a prix-fixe lunch.

          Sel 853 Lex Av--------------------------------517-55780

          1. re: Gail
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            Scott Bowling

            Well, here are a few places I've had reasonable food,
            if sometimes of the "comfort" variety.

            Comfort Diner II
            142 E 86th St
            (At Lexington Ave)
            (212) 426-8600
            (the original is on E. 45th, interesting motif and
            selection, some selections with a twist)

            Sala Thai
            1718 2nd Ave
            (Between 89th and 90th Sts)
            (212) 410-5557

            Mustang Grill
            1633 2nd Ave
            (2nd Ave at 85th St)
            (212) 744-9194
            (Southwestern fare)

            Gracie's Corner
            352 E 86th St
            (At 1st Avenue)
            (212) 737-8505
            (had the best fresh squeezed oj here recently, they
            make good fruit smoothies, some greek fare)

            Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
            1544 Second Ave
            (Between 80th and 81st Sts)
            (212) 327-2800
            (Zagat's 1998 called their pizza "The Utltimate,"
            and though there's usually a long wait at the original
            place in Brooklyn, this location is larger usually
            without any waiting at all.)

            Sotto Cinque
            1644 Second Avenue
            (Between 85th and 86th Streets)
            (212) 472-5563
            (really cheap Italian)

            HTH,

            Scott