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Best food on West 72nd Street

MixedNuts Apr 6, 2004 03:45 PM

I've lived on the UWS for quite some time, but I couldn't list all the restaurants just on West 72nd street if I tried. For some reason--construction, wrong direction, poor signage, quality--I seem to walk right past most of them.

So, which restaurants--only on West 72nd Street--are the best? I know most of us love Gray's Papaya, but I'm interested in hearing about some of the other places ONLY on West 72nd b/n CPW and Riverside...

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    Chicago Mike Apr 7, 2004 07:46 PM

    Try City Pie between Columbus and Amsterdam. Unassuming linoleum-furnished pizzeria with very good pizza by the slice!

    Great flavor, I prefer it over the nearby Vinnies on Amsterdam which is "Rated Best Pizza on UWS by Zagat".

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      Pete G Apr 7, 2004 03:20 PM

      Nobody's mentioned the Cuban/Chinese Dynastia China (N. side 72nd between Broadway and Columbus). My favorite fried crackling chicken w/bone or boneless (w/bone is juicier), rice and black/red beans, fried sweet banana, not to mention very good wonton soup. Not much to look at from the outside, but good food.

      Link: http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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        CatherineC in NYC Apr 7, 2004 11:43 AM

        I have always enjoyed the All State--they have a good jukebox, good beers on draft, and they make a tasty burger.

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          oystergal Apr 7, 2004 11:00 AM

          I've been to My Favorite Bistro (72nd/Col) a couple times in the last year. They have decent wood-fired pizza and a very reasonable wine list as I recall. Something about the atmosphere there makes me feel like I'm in a coffee shop rather than a bistro though. Perhaps it's the glass display case that was there on last visit.

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            xxx Apr 6, 2004 08:10 PM

            Tasti D Lite. Seriously.

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              Miss Needle Apr 6, 2004 07:57 PM

              THere's Kinoko for decent Japanese - not the best, but OK value.

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                grachan Apr 6, 2004 05:17 PM

                There is now a branch of ONY the noodle shop between b'way and columbus that has quite yummy soup at quite reasonable prices.

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                  Paul Apr 6, 2004 05:27 PM

                  Ivy's Cafe next to ONY has decent neighborhood take-out (Chinese/Japanese). Burritoville down near B'way has good (duh) burritos (try the Bob Marley or the White Bean Chili.) Le Pain Quotiden for brunch is b/t Columbus and CPW on the south side (Dallas BBQ on the north). 72nd St. Diner near West End is fairly popular.

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                    Mixed Nuts Apr 6, 2004 05:38 PM

                    I was curious about that diner at 72nd Street and West End -- Has anyone been recently?

                    How about the food at the All State, Sugar Bar, Poona, My Favorite Bistro, Omega Diner? These are all places that for some reason I never think of for food. Thanks for pointing out Sambuca, ONY and Le Pain Quot. -- I often forget about those too. What of Dougie's Kosher BBQ? West End Cottage?

                    (I'm quickly realizing how many restaurants this one stretch contains, but I'm still confused as to why I pass so many of them by for restaurants on Broadway or Columbus...)

                    I may just have a memory problem in my old age, so thanks in advance for all these reminders...

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                      Paul Apr 6, 2004 06:43 PM

                      Omega is closed, or under reconstruction or something like that. I went to Poona's once about 4 years ago. Never went back. Balucci's on Col. b/t 73 and 74 (I think) is much better. Was at the diner on 72nd and West End about 2 months ago. It's got decent pancakes and eggs. Utopia Diner, though, may be a bit better (Amst. b/t 72 and 73) though the pie there that we've tried is not good.

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                        mark r Apr 7, 2004 09:02 PM

                        all state is the best restaurant on 72nd st.

                        i usually get the burger or fried chicken, but my wife will get fish, pasta or any special.

                        if you like local joints, all state will be your place!

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                    Ken J. Apr 6, 2004 04:26 PM

                    Sambuca 72St. CPW/Columbus-decent southern Italian. Large portions, good value

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