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Drinks at Tavern on the Green, then where to for dinner?

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Be in NYC in December and meeting some friends for drinks at TOG, then they are off to a company function. We have no interest in eating there, so where is a good French/Italian/Mediterranean place within walking distance? Also, we're staying at the Lucerne on UWS. Thanks!

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  1. Telepan on 69th Street.

    Pretty good QPR tasting menu.

    1. I second Telepan, enthusiastically. Very very good, without yet attaining the greatness that, some believe, will be its eventual due.

      Good call on not eating at TOG.

      - Sean

      1. asiate time warner center

        1. Also recommend Telepan

          1. One more for Telepan.

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            1. re: DaveS

              yet another for telepan.

            2. For variety and to be troublesome by NOT repeating everyone else, I'll recommend Cesca, Tom Valenti's place.
              http://www.cescanyc.com/

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              1. re: Pupster

                I believe 'Cesca is no longer Tom Valenti's. He's left there to focus on Ouest, which is also very good. Though that doesn't mean that 'Cesca won't still be great.

              2. Since you're staying at the Lucerne, you might want to try Nice Matin, right downstairs, even if not for this particular meal. Many enthusiastic reviews of the four-napkin burger. I like their brunch.

                1. Cafe des Artistes but if it is a weekend you may not get in.
                  Any place other than TOG