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Upper East Side NYE - affordable

Every other year we spend new years at a piano bar on the upper east side. 84th and 2nd. It is a place where we are semi regulars so we know the staff and are very loyal. It is a ton of fun, and we are going with a lot of friends this year. We would like to have dinner in the neighborhood early in the evening before going to the bar early to get seats. Some of my friends are on a tight budget so affordable is appreciated.

Any recommendations?

Thanks for your help.

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  1. The food's not amazing, but Tony's Di Napoli is right there. Oh, and whoo-hoo Brandy's! (that is where you're going, right?)

    1. Pio Pio's at 90th/1st has cheap but delicious Peruvian roast chicken and sangria. The sides are hit or miss, but you can't go wrong with the chicken or the sangria. Be warned, though--they don't take reservations and the place is tiny.

      1. Willy's-80th and 1st-

        1. I assume you are referring to Brandy's?!?!? One of my favorite places to listen to piano music! Who is performing on NYE? Lauren? I haven't seen her in soooo long.

          Try Elio's. Great italian food!

          1. Elio's is pricey. Jasmine has servicable thai food, and Arturo's has yummy old school red sauce food for cheap.

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            1. re: haleyjen

              Yep, Elios can get pricey, but I was thinking if you stick to pasta you could get away with it being fairly reasonable.

              I hear Carino (sp?) has great red sauce. My sis and her husband used to go here alot when they lived in the area.