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UES -- colleague needs last minute "cool & fun" rec tonight (Tues)

A colleague needs to take his wife & another couple to dinner tonight for her birthday. They'd like to go someplace "fun", "stylish" and "cool". Ambiance is important. Only restriction is that they don't like seafood and needs to be on the UES (prefer 70s/80s).

All input apprciated!

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  1. Rughetta's is solid Italian on UES... If price doesn't matter, Cafe Boulud.

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    1. re: orenshapiro

      I would not call this "fun" or stylish," but the food is pretty decent.

    2. Thanks. I'll check out Rughetta's.

      Any thoughts on Fondue? I've heard mixed reviews but that the new owners were turning it around. Fondue: 301-303 E 80th St

      1. I also found these; any comments from hounds-at-large?

        Etats-Unis
        242 E 81st St
        New York, NY 10028
        (212) 517-8826

        Lentini
        1562 Second Ave
        New York, NY 10028
        (212) 628-3131

        1. What about Beyoglu at 81st and 3rd, it's Mediterranean/Turkish? Spigolo is a block away at 81st and 2nd, great Italian, small spot with fun atmosphere.

          1. Haven't been in a while, but I always like Etats-Unis when I lived on the UES. Wouldn't say its "fun" but its got style. Maybe more grown-up than "cool".

            Cafe d'Alsace is a pretty happening new place, although I can't say I loved it when I went there recently. Some of the food was pretty good. There service was a bit off.

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            1. re: DaveS

              I was at Cafe d'Alsace a couple of weeks ago and there didn't seem to much in the way of seasonal changes to the menu - and not where I'd want to eat on a scorcher like this - most of the options are very heavy.