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May 3, 2007 08:57 AM

Mid-Upper East Side Restaurant Suggestion

Please help, I need to find a moderately priced restaurant on the east side (mid-upr). Looking for a nice atmosphere either Italian, American or Mexican.


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  1. if you enjoy seafood, definitely check-out atlantic grill. it's on 3rd avenue/76th street. the food is reasonably priced (by NYC standards), and it's delicious. there is also a wonderful little italian restaurant called vivolo, on e 58th street.

    1. Luna Piena is my favorite default Italian in Midtown East!

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      1. re: LFeinberg

        luna piena is alright. the staff isn't very good, though, and the place is very dark. although they do have a nice little garden area in the back.

        1. I like Sel et Poivre, but it's French.

          For Mexican, how about Maya, on 1st Av., b/t 64th & 65th Sts.? I've not been there but have read excellent reports about it. Also, I have been to its sister restaurant, Pampano, where the food is delicious, and Chef Richard Sandoval is responsible for the cuisine at both.

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          1. re: RGR

            Luna Piena is a decent standby. Across the street, and a little west is a place that I like better... La Gioconda (sp?). It's smaller and doesn't have any outdoor seating, but I feel like the food there is better. I think there are only about 8 tables... can probably seat about 20.

            Rosa Mexicano is always a good choice, once you get seated-- 58th and 1st.

            1. re: egit

              I had one of the worst meals ever at that Rosa Mexicano. With the exception of the guacamole prepared tableside, the food was awful!

              1. re: RGR

                Wow. Very sorry to hear that RGR. MR has always been consistently at least good to very good. True, the guac and the margaritas are the standouts... but I think the food is better there than at Pampano, where I've only been once.

                1. re: egit

                  I've only been to Rosa Mexicana that one time. It was more than 10 years ago, no satellite locations, and the owner was still alive and, as I understood it, was hands-on. No Chowhound back then either, but all I heard were raves. That the food was so bad was a deep disappointment. Now that it's become a chain, I have difficulty believing the food can be better than what we had back then. I suppose anything is possible, but I'll not be rushing to find out.

                  1. re: RGR

                    I absolutely love Luna Piena

                    But I order the same thing every time - their home made cavatelli with meat sauce. Try Pescatore right around the corner for seafood and Mama Mexico on 50th is very good as well - if a little loud.

                    1. re: tommyk7

                      i second the vote for maya. unlike RGR, i have been there. the food is fabulous, as is the homemade guacamole and chips they continuously replenish at your table. you might want to call ahead if it's for any night between thursday-sunday.