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aunteejoy Mar 9, 2007 10:42 AM

I've spent the last 6 months traveling like crazy for work and I haven't kept up on happenings in the 'hood. What's new and interesting? What's closed?

Thanks.

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    DaniNYC77 Mar 15, 2007 01:42 PM

    Bistro Citron opened, I am not sure how long ago now next to the Subway, I think on 83rd and Columbus. It is very good, and very reasonble. I huge serving of mussels with very good frites for $15...everything else is good too. A new Mexican place called Cilantro just opened, I think it is a chain and I haven't tried it yet but it always seems crowded, it is on Columbus between 83rd and 84th...and I heard Loft got a new chef although I will never ever go back because the service is awful

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      belle Mar 15, 2007 08:34 AM

      A chicken place called Pio Pio opened on 94th Street, has anyone tried it?

      Also, according to eater a frozen yogurt place opened yesterday called Yolato on bway and 82nd.

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        TipsyMcStagger Mar 15, 2007 09:55 AM

        Pio Pio is a long established Peruvian chicken place on the UES and in Queens. It is FANTASTIC and the spicy mystery green sauce is addictive.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/376318

        Tipsy

      2. Ora Mar 14, 2007 01:43 PM

        a new wine store called POUR around 75/76 & Amsterdam

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          Dessertsny Mar 13, 2007 02:15 PM

          I just tried Kefi in 79th St. last night. Getting very popular, but despite cramped quarters, food was truly excellent and extremey reasonably priced. Octopus app. and Cod app. were particularly wonderful.

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            jsmitty Mar 15, 2007 09:28 AM

            KEFI!!!!!

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            peckish Mar 13, 2007 10:26 AM

            There is another new wine bar/apps place called "Unwined" at 95th and Broadway - inside Symphony Space. I've had awesome food there - a mix of tapas style things, in portions larger than usual tapas and with some subtle asian accents in the flavours. I really like their take on fried squid (with a touch of rosemary), but have my eye on the 24hr-red wine beef braise next time I go for dinner. They also have a moroccan semolina cake that's amazing on the dessert menu.

            My new regular lunch place is "Busters NYC" on Amsterdam, just opposite the hostel (I think around 103rd). It's a tiny cafe / catering biz run by a pair of CIA-trained chefs: really fresh, delicious food. Esp. love their salmon corn chowder (perfectly balanced and a great comfort food dish) and their 'wiches and specialty salads are substantial and very tasty without being heavy. A sandwich with side salad runs around $6. Speaking of which, I think it's about lunchtime...

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              peckish Mar 14, 2007 06:17 AM

              correction on that menu citation for Unwined - it is a 12 hour oxtail red wine braise, served with a puree of parsnip and potato. Some kind of balsamic reduction to accent it... yummy. I know cuz I had it last night!

            2. yumyumyogi Mar 10, 2007 09:51 PM

              Seven's Turkish Grill on 72nd between Amsterdam & Columbus. Try their tasty appetizers & ridiculously good baked halva dessert.

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                tastytamarind Mar 10, 2007 08:30 AM

                earthen oven -- new indian, supposed to be good, 72nd and columbus.

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                  nativeNYer Mar 10, 2007 08:28 AM

                  i had no idea about vinyl !! thanks so much. i am familiar with the one near hell's kitchen.

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                    RGR Mar 9, 2007 08:09 PM

                    Picholine re-opened after a complete refurbishment. I haven't been recently, but from what I understand, they've expanded bar dining and added a small plates menu.

                    http://www.picholinenyc.com

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                      beeenie Mar 10, 2007 08:20 AM

                      VYNL opened on Columbus and 84th a couple of weeks ago. Had brunch there with kids who loved the whole rock n roll theme, Food was very good and reasonably priced. Brunch for 2 kids and 2 adults came to about $50. Definately a welcome addition to UWS.

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                      belle Mar 9, 2007 03:52 PM

                      There is another wine bar by the same people as Bin 71 called Barcibo Enoteca on broadway around 69th I think. Its a really cute place, creative menu. We either had sardines or anchovies (it was a few weeks ago and I was drinking...) and crostini w/mozz and tomato, both were really good and very reasonable.

                      Theres another new bakery on amsterdam b/w 78th and 79th and they have really beautiful things, I've only had the cupcakes and they were the hit of the superbowl party.

                      I noticed that a branch of vynl (from Hell's Kitchen) is opening on columbus in the 80s.

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                        nativeNYer Mar 9, 2007 03:35 PM

                        i agree that onera/kefi is the biggest news.

                        two wine bars opened on columbus - one is near w71 (bin 71) and the other is near w74 (roses and wine???)

                        earthen oven (indian) opened on w72 and columbus to replace columbus grill . it is fantastic. read the reviews on menupages.com. it is always packed, the food is fabulous and trhe service is great.

                        lime leaf thai (from w108) is opening a second location on w72 bet brdwy and columbus. in my opinion, it is decent food but definitely not authentic

                        funky diner opened on columbus and 82nd. others may disagree but i'd say, "stay away".
                        it's overpriced with bad service and mediocre food: $8 for a dish of fries which looked like they were frozen!!! the aioli was horrible and the supposed vinegar was missing from my order as well as from my server's mind.

                        there are two gelato places opening one on amsterdam near the W80s and one on
                        brdwy in the w70s.

                        mama goos closed already on amsterdam in the w70s and was replaced by luigi's which is somehow always crowded even though the food is not good.

                        abitino's pizza opened a takeout location on brdwy near w76. pizza is good but the place is very small and they close far earlier than new pizza town

                        this may be old news but buttercup bakery opened on w72 bet columbus and amsterdam . not the best cupcakes ever but worth a try. i lke the chocolate on chocolate and the red velvet cupcakes.

                        old news here too but coldstone creamery opened in the same location but on the south side of w72 . it's not bad and worth the experience at least once. all the xtra topping are chopped and mashed right in front of you.

                        it looks like water moon (pan asian) is opening on columbus in the w80s; however, this is taking forever . they have another location in westchester. it looks good.

                        monsoon's is gone (sniffle) but i've heard just yesterday from this site and after a long search , that the chef opened a place on 7th ave and w15th , many of the menu items look similar but it is far more expensive than monsoon's

                        curious to see what else others know . welcome back to the world of food. please provide us with feedback after you get out there again.

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                          Burnzes Mar 9, 2007 10:44 AM

                          onera closed and kefi opened. thats the biggest news right now. Boulud is opening a wine bar this summer

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                            nativeNYer Mar 10, 2007 08:28 AM

                            do you know where boulud is opening?

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                              JoLi Mar 13, 2007 12:20 PM

                              In the spring...

                              http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/10/11...

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                                nativeNYer Mar 13, 2007 04:33 PM

                                thanks for the reply, JoLi. Anybody know what's slated to replace the small supermarket that is near the SE corner of W72 and Columbus, near Le Pain Quotidien? I heard murmurings of wine bar for that space as well.

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