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UWS recommendations for out of town guests?

amber225 Apr 14, 2007 08:34 PM

Friends from Maine are going to a Sun matinee and want to have dinner on the UWS tomorrow night. I'm looking for someplace with good food, not over the top or outrageously expensive (no per se, masa etc), fun atmosphere. I'm coming up with Rosa Mexicana, Cesca (but I have not been since Valenti left), or Telepan but really wanted something a little smaller or more local. They were also told to go to Cafe des Artistes, but I think of that as older and stodgier. Am I off there? Any thoughts on these or does anyone have other suggestions?

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    curranthound RE: amber225 Apr 15, 2007 06:02 AM

    Some suggestions of very good UWS standbys....

    Pampa on Amsterdam and 98th street is a great, Argentine style steak house. Cash only, however.

    Gennaro, for Italian on Amsterdam and 92nd Street.

    Metisse, 105th Street, between B'way and Amsterdam.

    Ouest, B'way and 83-34.

    Newer: Rack and Soul, on B'way and 109th.

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      curranthound RE: amber225 Apr 15, 2007 06:10 AM

      just thought of some mroe suggestions:
      Indus Valley, Indian food on B;way and 100th street

      Turkuaz, B;way and 100th --- fun, festive atmosphere

      AND, if your friends are willing to go a bit farther afield, consider Melba's on 114th Street ad Frederick Douglas Blvd (only 2 blocks from subway stop on 8th avenue line)
      Excellent modernized soul food in a friendly yet sophisticated atmosphere with an interesting mix of people. There's often music, too.

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        piccola RE: curranthound Apr 15, 2007 04:22 PM

        Turkuaz gets my vote.

        Or you could go to Citrus - I really like it and I'm always surprised it doesn't get more love on the boards.

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        mollylaurel RE: amber225 Apr 15, 2007 06:14 AM

        I love Cafe des Artistes - the food is exceptional now, and it's got a younger crowd than before. I often go to the Parlor at Cafe des Artistes - a tiny little bar next door and have a drink and dinner; it's more casual. For pure visual appeal, you can't do better than the Cafe on the UWS - no place is more beautiful.

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          jsmitty RE: mollylaurel Apr 15, 2007 09:56 AM

          jean georges

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          jthefoodie RE: amber225 Apr 15, 2007 10:03 AM

          I just went to Kefi last night - fantastic and extremely good value - excellent food, but you sacrifice tablecloths and get $15 entrees, on avg! Only thing is, they don't take reservations, but you can put your name in and go get a drink somewhere, it's that good.
          If it's pouring still, you may just want rezzies...I do recommend 'Cesca, and for French, Ouest and Nice Matin (much more casual).

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            nativeNYer RE: jthefoodie Apr 15, 2007 10:20 AM

            most of these are smaller, neighborhood places: perhaps nice, ouest and telepan do not fit that description:

            earthen oven *******
            bettola *******
            nice martin
            flor de mayo (fun atmosphere with great food)

            menupages. com may also help you. check reviews and menus pby neighborhood and cuisine. hope you have a great dinner and please report back to us.

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