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ISO of a fun place for lunch or dinner on a weekend on the UWS

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Am trying to organize an Upper West Side itinerary for either a Saturday or Sunday in August. Our first time there. Hope to combine it with a brief exploration of Central Park.

Mother/daughter trip.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. Could you give a little more info, please? How far up are you willing to go? What's your budget? Any likes/dislikes/allergies/etc.?

    1. That was too general, wasn't it. Sorry.

      Lower UWS.
      American, new American, Latin, French. No allergies.
      Budget of $50 for both.

      The main objective is a fun place - a contrast to midtown where we will be spending a lot of the time. (Purpose for trip: Broadway shows.) I would like to get acquainted with the neighborhood.

      We could even go for a late breakfast, then stroll a bit in the park.

      Thanks for all suggestions!

      1. If you like bagels and lox and that type of thing you should definitely go to Barney Greengrass for breakfast or lunch. If not, Sarabeth's and Nice Matin are good options.

        I'm not sure if the budget is total of $50 or $50 each...celeste is excellent italian and very reasonable. Cafe con leche is cuban and a lot of fun.

        www.menupages.com should have most of these menus, and many others. Have a good trip!

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        1. re: belle

          Sarabeth's is on 80th and Amsterdam, and is very popular for brunch on weekends. It's a very cute place for a mother-daughter brunch but at peak hours it can get a bit loud and crazy (long wait times). Best to go either early (before 10) or later (the crowd thins out at around 2 p.m.). Enjoy :)

          1. Bettola (Amsterdam between 79th & 80th) opens at noon and has terrific individual thin-sliced pizzas. They are addictive. Salads are good too. Weather permitting, you can eat outside.