Moving to 88th & West End. Suggestions?
From your new place and north into my neighborhood:
Sipan 702 Amsterdam 94 Street 212-665-9929-Peruvian-very good food, nice atmosphere, quite during the week, a little noisier on weekends.
Gennaro 665 Amsterdam 92/93 Streets - very good food-Italian-very hectic does not take reservations or credit cards-get there early for seating.
Docks 2427 Broadway 89/90 Streets 212-986-8080 OK fish, excellent oysters, lively but not hectic.
Gabriela's 688 Columbus 93/94 Street 212-961-9600 good traditional Mexican, good value
Saigon Grill 620 Amsterdam 90 Street good Vietnamese a bit hectic and noisy
Pampa 768 Amsterdam 97/98 Streets 212-865-2929 good grilled Argentinean steak. Crowded. No credit cards.
Alouette 2588 Broadway 97/98 Streets 212-222-6808 decent neighborhood French. Small. Make reservations.
Roth’s Westside Steak 680 Columbus 93 Street 212-280-4103 good steak, expensive.
Yuki Sushi 656 Amsterdam 92 Street 212-787-8200 Excellent quality of fish in sushi and sashimi. Moderate price for quality Japanese. Sushi lunch with salad or soup is less than $11.
Miyako 642 Amsterdam 91 Street 212-724-3448 About as good as Yuki Sushi and everything is $1-$1.50 less
Acqua 718 Amsterdam 94/95 Streets 212-222-2752 reasonably priced good Italian (Sicilian and Sardinian) in nice setting.
Pizzabolla 654 Amsterdam 92 Street 212-579-4500 Old style “checkered tablecloth” Italian with very reasonably priced good food. Good antipasti, entrees, brick-oven pizza and good selection of reasonable priced wine by the bottle and glass.
Mexican at Noche Mexicana, Amsterdam and 100th. Small, reasonably priced, pleasant room with above average, authent food. Further up amsterdam at 107th is Taqueria la Fonda Mexicana, no atmosphere, somewhat smoky when crowded, which it often is, having been "discovered" some years ago. Also quite authentic, very reasonable, has very good tacos/burritos, entrees.
Try Zabar's cafe and make your own judgement.
Well prepared and fairly priced French food and wine at Alouette, b'way around 100th.
Early bird at Hi Life Grill, Amsterdam at 84tth. You can sit outside, have a respectable burger and beer, as well as half price sushi rolls, which our family enjoys and have never tasted as if they are trying to use up yesterday's fish. It's not high end, but makes for a pleasant and affordable experience. (Sushi afficionados..I'm not trying to suggest this is greatness)
I agree with the suggestions of the other posters,although I don't think much of Artie's corned beef.
Flor de Mayo (84th and Amsterdam) -- especially for the Peruvian food. Small Peruvian menu but daily specials and soups.
Ali Baba (85th and Amsterdam) for turkey schwarma with homemade laffa, good soups (especially chicken).
Barney Greengrass (87th and Amsterdam) (breakfast and lunch only) for superb smoked fish, nova and eggs and onions, etc.
for great italian, either celeste (amst/84th) or gennaro (amst/92) - both inexpensive and cash only. i think celeste may be a bit better because of their cheeses.
forget the zabar's cafe - stay far away. but do hit barney greengrass.
ouest (84/bwy) is still the best for a serious dinner.
sal and carmines for pizza