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Feb 25, 2002 11:58 PM

restaurants in 50's and 60's on east side

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I'm contemplating moving to the lower upper East side (not quite sure what to call it) after living in Gramercy Park for ten years. I'm extremely apprehensive about the move, but there are a lot of potential pluses. I wanted to know what sort of interesting, moderately priced restaurants are up there.

Thanks so much,

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  1. r

    In the 50s all the way east the areas are called beekman and sutton going north. it is not the food mecca of gramercy, but has been improving. it is probably best known for the thursday nite bars and the hundreds of poor italian restaurants. but look at the brightside of being able to return to your old neighborhood for a great meal

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    1. re: redwinegulper

      Thank you both for your reply. The move is looking more and more likely so I will definitely try your suggestions.


      1. re: Aimee

        I should second the vote on Jubilee since it is probably the best place in the neighborhood, but I try to not pass along the name because it is getting too crowded.
        But the reason for my note was to pass along good news, I saw by your email address that you may be a runner, and you will find this area much better for running than gramercy. You can run along the east river all the way to the triboro, and you are much closer to central park.
        If you are running the half in bklyn, say hi, I am the one with brown hair :)

        1. re: redwinegulper

          Nope, not a runner. Just a consumer of Time Warner's Road Runner high speed internet access. It sounds like Jubilee is the place to start. It will be nice to be closer to Central Park.


    2. Hi Aimee,

      Don't worry - I've lived in the neighborhood for ten
      years and find it real comfortable. There are even
      some good places to eat:

      1. Jubilee (54th between 1st and 2nd) - Excellent
      food and service. Try the roasted mussels and the
      tuna tartare, but it's all good.
      2. Yamaguchi (53rd between 2nd and 3rd) - Japanese, but
      not sushi. Interesting place and very tasty.
      3. Luna Piena (53rd between 2nd and 3rd) - Usually
      good. The calamari appetizer and rigatoni a la nonna
      (with sausage) are delicious.
      4. Coldwater's (Second Ave. between 52 and 53) - Not
      at all interesting, but friendly. You can get a
      good burger, the bisque and chowder are worthwhile,
      and the lobster is perfectly fine and reasonably priced.

      Also Vong, if you've a bit more cash to spend. And
      sufficient Irish bars for anyone's needs...

      Welcome to the neighborhood!

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      1. re: M.Dale

        had dinner with my s.o. and another couple at luna piena on sunday. my pasta was undercooked. my s.o. didn't like the sauce on his.
        however, the wine was delicious and the desserts were pretty good. i would go back in the warm weather for drinks on the patio...
        i like the pita grill on 2nd ave btwn 50/51st.

      2. Also check out
        Pietro's on 43rd btwn 2nd & 3rd
        (the steak)
        Pescatore 2nd ave btwn 50th & 51st
        Angel's on 1st ave btwn 62nd & 63rd
        (home style italian)