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Kate Sep 19, 2001 11:59 AM

Dad's coming into town tonight to take me out to dinner. Can anyone recommend a good French restaurant on the upper east side? Looking for something that's not outrageously priced, but nice.

Thanks!

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    magnolia Sep 21, 2001 07:56 AM

    La Boeuf a la Mode - on 81st between East End and York- has been there for 10000000000 years but is still alive and kicking thanks to very local custom. And it's French comfort food with decent prices (last time I looked, a couple of years ago).

    La Refuge also in the East 80's (not far from aforementioned Etats Unis) used to be good as well - but again, I last ate there a couple of years ago.

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      howard Sep 19, 2001 12:45 PM

      Etat Unis at 242 East 81st street between 2nd and 3rd Aves. is a small friendly place with very good food and an interesting wine list.It's owned by a father and son who love what they do. The menu is small and changes often depending on whats fresh at the market.Drink Chinon (red) or Savennieres(white). Get the chocolate souffle.

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        Dave Feldman Sep 21, 2001 12:52 AM

        I'm fond of Etats-Unis, but I wouldn't call it a French restaurant, despite its charming name.

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          howard Sep 21, 2001 01:26 AM

          Yeah it's really eclectic,some American,some French etc. The other day I had Vietnamese beef salad at the wine bar for lunch. The thing I like about it is that it's amateur in the best sense of the word in that its essence comes out of a passion for food and hospitality.Very good Cahors also...

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        Eva L. Sep 19, 2001 12:04 PM

        Le Refuge in the 80's is a good choice. IIRC, there is a decent pre-theater pre-fixe.

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