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Graduation dinner on upper west side

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ld2186 Apr 15, 2007 05:26 PM

Looking for a place to have a nice graduation dinner for family of 8. Ideally would like place on the upper west side. Mid price range ($20-30/plate). Classy but festive atmosphere. French, bistro, american food. Able to comfortably seat a family of 8. Thanks so much!

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    jsmitty RE: ld2186 Apr 15, 2007 05:38 PM

    a lot has been written about upper set west side of late on chound
    i say these with your specifications
    ouest(french/creative american)
    cesca(italian)
    jean georges cafe (less formal and less pricey than the dining room)(feench/creative american)
    nice matin (french bistro)
    cafe gray( time warner bldg) not ifficualliy uws, but close enough and fits the description) french,eastern europaen influnces)
    gabriels(italian) that would be my last choice, but its pretty good

    others
    my favorite is telepan, not sure if i'd consider it festive though....., gari is also good, but its modern japanese.. actually his sushi place on the ues is a bit better....
    try this list. i have been an upper west sider for 12 years. i know the deal up here. it is no longer, as it was 10 years ago, a restaurant wasteland....

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      Ora RE: jsmitty Apr 16, 2007 10:21 AM

      Add: Compass--often overlooked--which is fine by me. Really good food.

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        RGR RE: Ora Apr 16, 2007 10:33 AM

        Compass is the first place I thought of when I saw the subject line. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion. Delicious New American cuisine, good service, and very attractive contemporary decor. They can comfortably accommodate at party of 8.

        Congratulations to the graduate!

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          ohny RE: RGR Apr 16, 2007 10:58 AM

          I third the recemendation.
          I also recently had a good meal at Compass. Really good duck breast - nice and moist. Only complaint was feeling a bit rushed - but after we communicated that we weren't in a hurry (aka weren't going to the theatre) they cooled their jets a bit.
          Solid pre-fixe.

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          jsmitty RE: Ora Apr 16, 2007 11:07 AM

          not enamored with compass. many like it though....

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            RGR RE: jsmitty Apr 16, 2007 11:12 AM

            Have you tried it since current chef John Fraser took over?

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              nativeNYer RE: RGR Apr 16, 2007 12:22 PM

              i agree with jsmitty's recos with ouest being my top choice followed by nice martin. bettola is also nice but a bit smaller and it is obviously not french/bistro/american. check menupages.com for menus and reviews. you can sort by neighborhood. please let us know where you wind up and what you thought. congrats to the grad.

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                ld2186 RE: nativeNYer Apr 16, 2007 06:07 PM

                thanks for all the info. we're looking into ouest and nice matin (although ive been to nice matin and am not crazy about the atmosphere there)

                a friend recommended cafe luxembourg. Thoughts on that?

                I've also heard really mixed feelings about compass

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                  jrazzle RE: ld2186 Apr 16, 2007 06:13 PM

                  I absolutely love Compass. It's one of my favorite places--great atmosphere, excellent food. It's modern and stylish and has a good vibe. I think it will be perfect for your occasion.

                  Also, I haven't been, but I know that Landmarc just opened in the Time Warner Center. Here's the website in case you are interested: http://www.landmarc-restaurant.com

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                    LFeinberg RE: jrazzle Apr 16, 2007 06:25 PM

                    That's right! Landmarc is also in Time Warner...good call, Razzle.

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                      ld2186 RE: LFeinberg Apr 16, 2007 07:09 PM

                      thanks so much

                      anyone been to landmarc? that looks great as well!

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                      chowcito RE: jrazzle Apr 16, 2007 07:15 PM

                      2nd for landmarc. great food, excellent and VERY reasonable wine list. . .and perfect for a group.

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                        jsmitty RE: chowcito Apr 17, 2007 05:55 AM

                        love landmarc

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                  jsmitty RE: RGR Apr 17, 2007 05:55 AM

                  when did fraser land there? so i can judge if it was his food or not? love to try again...

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                    RGR RE: jsmitty Apr 17, 2007 08:11 AM

                    I think Fraser's been there about two years. If you haven't read his bio, you might want to have a look: http://www.compassrestaurant.com/menu...

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            mcoleman RE: ld2186 Apr 17, 2007 03:34 AM

            telepan is my recent fave (have lived up here 12 yrs) but it is subdued so longtime ace-in-the-hole gabriel's is definitely the place for a family party of 8, they'll take good care of your group w/hearty unbeatable pastas and a great reasonably priced wine list.

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