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Jan 15, 2007 05:14 AM

Upper East Side gems

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

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

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      1. re: serious

        agree with serious, donguri is very solid

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

        1. 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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          1. re: mookster

            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

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              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!

          2. 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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            1. re: Michael Ambrosio

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