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Moderate priced near 86th/3rd?

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Looking for a moderately priced restaurant (no entree over $16ish unless it's a big steak) near 86th and 3rd. Cuisine preference: Italian, American, French Bistro... no Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish.

Any ideas? Thanks much!

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  1. I love Caffe Buon Gusto on 77th b/w 2nd and 3rd. The food is delicious and most pasta, chicken, and veal dishes are $12-$15 - fish can be a few dollars more. You can check out the menu on MenuPages. Also, it is quite small, so you may want to make a reservation.

    1. For Italian, you can try Sotto Cinque on 86th between 2nd & 3rd... pretty solid Italian food in your price range.

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      1. re: Michael Ambrosio

        actually, sotto cinque is between 1st and 2nd aves.

        1. re: Julia

          Ah that's right, they moved ... how is it since the move? Same as before?

      2. Another Italian is Mangiarini, 83rd & 2nd. Entrees are between $15-$20, but pastas are less. I haven't been in a while, but someone asked about it on CH recently and subsequently ate there and really enjoyed it.

        http://menupages.com/restaurantdetail...

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        1. re: valerie

          Thanks everyone! 3 Italian places within an hour of posting. Oh how I love Chowhound. :)

          1. re: valerie

            Ditto for Mangiarini!!!

            1. re: LFeinberg

              With your selections far better than any of those Italian selections is Cafe D'Alsace Alsatian bistro on 88th & 2nd.

              1. re: Bugsey34

                I'd put D'Alsace (inconsistency and all) above the 3 Italian joints too, but it's also a lot more expensive. Or maybe I just end up spending a lot more money every time I go ... love the bone marrow and the extensive beer selection.

                1. re: Kanger

                  It depends on what you order I guess, there are some cheaper selections on the menu!

          2. Paola's on 84th between 2nd & 3rd, but near 2nd is very good. If you stick to the pasta menu it's within your budget, but if you stray into the secondi piatti menu you're looking at over $20 for entrees.

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            1. re: ballulah

              I went by Sotto Cinque yesterday and it looks like it's closed. ???

              1. re: Gelaine

                Were you at the old location (2nd Ave btw 85th and 86th)? If so, they moved to 86th between 2nd and 1st Ave ...