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Any food gems in Upper West Side?

I'll be in NYC this weekend for one day and hoping to find some inexpensive dinner options in the Upper West Side. I'm not aware of any good eats in this area...any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Gem might be a strong word..

    For decent price friendly Thai there's Land on 82nd/Amsterdam.

    Also, for great Italian, Celeste is great - 84th/Amsterdam - really tight quarters and cash only.

    Enjoy!

    1. If you really are the hot dog girl, you'll enjoy Gray's Papaya on 72nd and Amsterdam.

      1. Steer clear of Land. Over-rated, and lacking. Food is sub-par and not "in-expensive." As a resident Upper westsider, the I can tell you that for inexpensive gems, the pickings are slim. Celeste, or Genarro should fit the bill.

        1. Jerusalem Felafel is inexpensive and tasty. El Malecon is highly recommended for the rotisserie chicken. Some of their other items are worthwhile, too (e.g., sopa de pollo, mondongo).

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          1. re: Pan

            The churrasco at El Malecon is awesome. A fellow chowhounder had recommended it and it's a great dish for a great price.

          2. The Allstate is still a good standby for comfort food--prepared well, huge portions, and a nice comfy vibe on a cold winter night.