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i need an inexpensive uptown(ease or west) dinner place for this saturday. we're meeting picky non foodie friends. just a nice bottle of wine and good fresh food.

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  1. I'm a firm believer in Cafe Orlin on St. Mark's Place off Second Avenue (the northeast corner). Works for every possible occasion and diet, serves alcohol (nice wines) and not too expensive at all. Great food.

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    1. re: Alia James

      yeshana asked for "uptown." St. Mark's Pl. is in the E. Village.

      1. Have you thought about Pay-Your-Age at Park Avenue Café? It's a great deal. Xing in Hell's Kitchen isn't too steep. You might also want to look at Kefi.

        1. You don't indicate a cuisine preference, so I'll take a stab and suggest Sel et Poivre, on Lex., b/t 64th & 65th Sts., a charming, cozy French bistro with very good food. Your picky friends should be happy with such straightforward things like roast chicken and steak/frites. If you go between 4 and 6:16 p.m., the prix-fixe is $19.95. After that, for the rest of the evening, it's $27.95.


            1. on the upper east side, inexpensive dining options are slim. there's a new outpost of the forest hills favorite (i'm always thrilled to shill for these guys) nick's pizza (somewhere in the 90s?): they have really good (classy) pizza, great cannoli and, i think, a reasonable wine list. on the uws: la groya (not sure of the spelling) is down the street from celeste and there's usually less of a wait.

              1. There's (or used to be) a tapas place on 2nd Avenue around 85th street...I forgot the name, but there's a basement dining room with a huge table...anybody know where I'm talking about?