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Can anyone help on this, please?

Coming to New York for the first time on the 10th March, two-wleeks-stay, location Upper East Side.
We love cozy places, warm atmospheres and good quality of food. Dinner for two in a price range between $ 100 - 150 or lower for prix fix. During our two weeks-stay we plan to try several restaurants and bistros etc.
Has anyone of you tried these places and what do you think of them, in terms of ambience and food? Any suggested alternative is very welcome.

1_ Tibetan restaurants: Cafe' Himalaya, Tibetan Kitchen ,Tsampa
2_ Haveli, Indian
3_ El Paso Taqueria
4_ El Maguey y la tuna
5_ Perbacco
6_ Uva
7_Bistro 61

Thank you

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  1. I've only been to Perbacco. I thought it was good but not memorable. For Italian, I'd prefer Lupa, Crispo, Apizz, or Peasant. Otto is also good for sharing.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I ate at a Tibetan restaurant that was down near the Kip's Bay movie theatre...don't remember which one it was though. I believe it was the first Tibetan place in NYC though.

      Quite honestly, it was OK, but not really memorable. The dishes were all kind of bland, certainly not spicy as described. It kind of just felt like substandard chinese-ish food. Interesting to say I'd had it once, but definitely not worth hiking back to.

      1. re: elecsheep9

        The restaurant in question is Tibetan Kitchen. I've been there and liked the food, but then again, I've never thought of Tibetan as overly spicy. They have a good Chicken Curry if you like your chicken on the bone. Haven't had it in quite some time though.

        1. re: danaherd3

          I've eaten at Tibetan Kitchen as well. It's not bad at all, but it's not exceptional by any stretch. If I lived in the neighborhood I would probably drop in or order take out on occasion, but I wouldn't really deem it worth a trip out of one's way. I will say that the service was lovely, accomodating and helpful, and we were a group of 20 or so. I think the biggest fault I can come up with regarding the food is that it's not as interesting as one might anticipate, the flavors and spices aren't really unfamiliar.

    2. I always recommend Tartine in the West Village, but it's BYOB and you have to go early or wait on the street. Very nice, bistro-style French
      Can't miss w/Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street in Chinatown--best soup dumplings.
      In the East Village try Azul for wonderufl Argentinian food or 'Inoteca for lovely wines and light Italian.
      Pizza Fresca in the Flatiron District is wonderful
      Stop by 11 Madison Park for killer martinis, gougeres, wines by the glass, and desserts in the bar.

      1. El Paso Taqueria is OK but not worth going out of your way for, imo. Where, out of curiosity, are you coming from?

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        1. re: a_and_w

          True, though if you're in the neighborhood it's a good place to stop. They have two locations - one just off 96th and Park, the other (this one's better) on 103rd and...Lex I think? - pretty reliable for standard Mexican fare, with decent horchata.

        2. Hmm...I didn't see Balthazar or Home on your list...pity

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          1. re: jinet12

            Balthazar has a great Sunday brunch, and is good for people watching. I haven't been there any other time than brunch...

            Haven't been to Home in years, even tho Barbara and David are friends. They are really concentrating on their winery, Shinn Estate, in the North Fork.

            1. re: jinet12

              Balthazar is good. A scene and can be really noisy.

            2. Taqueria: The best tacqueria i know is near columbia university, tacqueria y fonda, amsterdam around 103rd, i think. inexpensive, looks like a hole in the wall but great mexican food.
              Indian: there is a great high end indian restaurant called Tamarind on 22nd street, not to be confused with the upper west side Tamarind which is one of the best indian take-out's but the dine in experience is nothing unique. tamarind on 22nd is special.
              You should definately experience some of the more experimental restaurants like WD40. the lunch tasting menu for two will run 100-150 i think.

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              1. re: shechow

                taqueria y fonda is between 108th & 109th and amsterdam. it is great!

                1. re: ballulah

                  correction: it's between 107th & 108th.