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Nov 13, 2006 02:33 PM


My brother and sister-in-law recently moved into the Upper East Side and I am looking for a recommendation for a gift certificate to get them for X-Mas. I am looking for something on the UES (they live on 81st and York). Something with excellent food, somewhat hip, price is not really a factor, and almost any type of food will do. Thanks hounds for you help.

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  1. Do you mean a restaurant or a shop? Certainly Eli's would be 81st & Third so quite convenient for them....

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    1. re: fauchon

      Sorry if I was vague, I was looking for a restaurant rec.

    2. You should get them a gift certificate for Spigolo, a wonderful little Italian place at 81st and 2nd. I think it's one of the most quality meals you can get in the neighborhood. If price is not a factor, Spigolo has a 6 course tasting menu for $65 a person, or $95 with wine pairings. That would be a very nice night out.

      1. I hear Ian is very nice. And I'm personally a fan of Elio's (Upscale Italian). But for a really great all around night with music and an old-fashioned supper club feel, try Bruno Jamais. It's really a unique find.

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        1. re: girlcritic

          Ian has actually closed and Sotte Cinque has moved in.

        2. I second spigolo...great GREAT food. If they like mexican, I would suggest Zocalo...tasty.

          1. Elios is great.
            Primola is another good itlian choice.