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uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 05:14 AM

Hi, my wife and I just moved to the upper east side, and we love finding undiscovered gems. Although we will definitely find some ourselves, I would love to hear some recommendations on places to eat.

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  1. ow77 RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 05:25 AM

    Holes in the wall or fine-dining? Around 60th St or 96th St?

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      serious RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 11:39 AM

      Donguri: East 83rd, First - Second, maybe "discovered" but a gem.

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        Lau RE: serious Jan 15, 2007 06:25 PM

        agree with serious, donguri is very solid

      2. MMRuth RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 11:49 AM

        Kurio and Zebu Grill (the latter not quite a gem, but v. good Brazilian food) - both on E. 92nd between First & Second.

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          mookster RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 01:31 PM

          Giorgios - excellent Italian, super freindly owner/staff. I think it's 84th Street bet. First & Second Ave. but doesn't have any signage. Just look for the wood paneling on the south side of the street. Get the gnocchi - both the truffle & gorgonzola, both are amazing.

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            gutsofsteel RE: mookster Jan 15, 2007 01:39 PM

            Unfortunately, Giorgio's has not existed in that form for quite a while. A new awning is out front with another name, although I don't think it's open yet under the new regime.

            I recommend Kurio, Erminia, Donguri, Inase

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              mookster RE: gutsofsteel Jan 17, 2007 02:04 AM

              That's so funny bc I just went there last month & came from the west, so didn't notice the awning (plus I was jonesing for the gnocchi). Giorgio wasn't there, but the mgr. was a doll & gave us all a card which had a completely differnt name: Nica Trattoria! I didn't even look at the card until a few days later & almost didn't put the two together. Food was still amazing, so I didn't give it too much thought. Thanks for the explanation!

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            Michael Ambrosio RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 01:52 PM

            Let me put in a suggestion for Persepolis in the mid-70's on 2nd. Very good Persian (Iranian) food... and under-represented category in NYC. They recently moved to this spot from a block or so away. The room is much better, and the food seems to have improved too.

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              rose water RE: Michael Ambrosio Jan 15, 2007 05:36 PM

              Really? Thanks for the info. I'll have to try them out again.

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              girlcritic RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 01:58 PM

              Etas-Unis, Gujyumura

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                gutsofsteel RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 02:01 PM

                I like Etats-Unis too - restaurant and also the bar across the street. But Gayjumaru is very uneven, and they strongly favor Japanese customers, for what it's worth. Their "omakase" is really anything but. Sushi of Gari and Inase are both very good. Gari more modern, Inase more traditional. Persepolis is okay, but for Persian food, it's not as good as the Persian Tea Room (not in Manhattan so off-topic for here).

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                  Lau RE: gutsofsteel Jan 15, 2007 06:26 PM

                  where is gujyumua? never heard of it

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                    E Eto RE: Lau Jan 15, 2007 06:44 PM

                    That might be because it's really called Gajyumaru.

                    1659 1st Avenue
                    between 86th & 87th
                    New York, NY 10028
                    (212) 860-8857

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                  G3B RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 02:27 PM

                  JG Melon's - good burger
                  Atlantic Grill - good seafood
                  Koi - good japanese

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                    TipsyMcStagger RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 05:00 PM

                    Don't know how hidden it is but you're not going to find better Peruvian chicken than Pio Pio...1st ave near 91st.

                    And the best sit-down pizza on the UES is at Nick's...2nd and 94th.

                    Tipsy

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                      Kanger RE: TipsyMcStagger Jan 15, 2007 07:10 PM

                      A strong second to Pio Pio--don't forget the delicious and deceptively strong sangria.

                    2. tla719 RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 05:15 PM

                      Al Forno (2nd Ave, btwn 77th and 78th) has great brick oven pizza.

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                        hps RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 06:12 PM

                        Sable's (2nd btwn 77/78) - amazing lobster salad, smoked salmon, seafood chowder (it's a grab-and-go)

                        Yorkville Diner (79th btwn 2/3) - a GREAT delivery diner. They have great burgers, salads, and are always reliable.

                        Caffe Buon Gusto (77th btwn 2/3) - CASH only, really great pastas, etc. Romantic atmosphere.

                        Vermicelli (2nd Ave btwn 77/78) - really great Vietnamese food the brunch is CHEAP, yummy, and huge! Really worth the $8.

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                          Kanger RE: hps Jan 15, 2007 07:11 PM

                          (actually, Caffe Buon Gusto takes AmEx, but I suppose that's not too different from cash only ...)

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                          xena RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 06:19 PM

                          itzocan at 101st & lexington. Not undiscovered, it's been mentioned here many times, but very good.

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                            Desidero RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 07:11 PM

                            I had a delicious, inexpensive meal at La Fonda Boricua, a Puerto Rican restaurant, on 106th (Lex/3rd). Everything I ate there -- chicken soup, rice and beans, steak and onions -- was very good. If I lived on the UES, I would be a regular.

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                              Michael Ambrosio RE: uppereastside Jan 15, 2007 07:49 PM

                              Another spot worth trying is Don Pedro's on 96th and either 2nd or 3rd. Creative Latin American... very good food, very good prices. Definitely and undiscovered type spot... not many mentions of it here on Chowhound.

                              And a question for others on this thread... has anyone tried Kurio? I've meaning to try it, but never seem to make it there.

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                                chefdater RE: uppereastside Jan 16, 2007 01:07 AM

                                Spigolo is a great cozy italian restaurant on 81st and 2nd run by husband and wife team..everything is great there.

                                1. jenniebnyc RE: uppereastside Jan 16, 2007 01:42 AM

                                  Elio's

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                                    chaz RE: uppereastside Jan 16, 2007 03:01 AM

                                    Spigolo very good. 80th and 1st
                                    Not gems but good. Mangiarini, Beyoglu,Triangolo and the old steady standby Willy's

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                                      dbird RE: uppereastside Jan 17, 2007 02:07 AM

                                      I am not sure if it is 'undiscovered' but Kai is a great restaurant that gets little press.

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