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May 4, 2007 02:30 PM

Josie's restaurants/Citrus - opinion?

I've never been, but looking for a mid-priced, good, and somewhat casual but also intimate place for the sig other's parents to meet mine for the first time - with food options for everyone. These looked great to me - thoughts?

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  1. not great in any way.ok if you have low expectations. i think josie's is fresh, but lacks any depth of flavor.citrus tries hard but is just ok.... do you want to stay on the upper west side?

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    1. re: jsmitty

      I agree that Josie's is not for anyone who knows what well prepared food tastes like or what good service is about in a restaurant. For that type of food, I would rather eat in Popover Café on Amsterdam Ave and west 87th Street

      I really like Nice Matin a lot and think it can be fun to meet the in laws.
      On West 79th Street and Amsterdam. You do need a reservation.

      Search for restaurants on the Upper west side there are a handful that would fit what you need and affordable.

      1. re: dewdropin

        i say nice matin yes, popover no go... this topic is very common on chound. do a search

    2. I recommend Compass if you're looking at UWS options. Go earlish and partake in the pre-theater prix - fixe. I It's roughly 35 dollars and is perfectly suited for your needs. It's quite high quality for the price. They have a nicely designed dining room, service is attentive, and the food is quite good for the price. It's not too trendy, formal or casual and the noise levels are conducive for conversation. You won't be disappointed.

      I would not recommend Josie's or citrus for the same reasons as listed above - they are my picks for dinner in the office on seamless web, but not to dine out.

      1. I haven't been to Citrus in a while, but I seem to remember that's it's very loud.

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        1. re: valerie

          Citrus is excruciatingly loud, some kind of acoustic prob? it's far from a destination but is a serviceable neighborhood spot, the Americanized sushi is actually not bad at all tho I'm sure serious raw fish aficinados will jump all over than judgement. Josies is just bland bland bland IMHO.

          1. re: mcoleman

            josies is for very safe eaters. nothing wrong with it per se, nothing right either.....

            1. re: jsmitty

              Thanks everyone! I need something slightly less expensive than the suggestions, and we do have some "safe" eaters, so it might work out - Josie's West. But if anyone can think of a spot - mid-west to upper west, mid-east to upper-east, about the same price - $15-$25/entree that would have a vegan option as well as steak, I'm all ears!!

          2. re: valerie

            I'm in the same situation - haven't been to Citrus in a while - but I remember the same. Still, it was a fun place and not bad, foodwise.

            Nice Matin gets my vote. I was all prepared to hate it because it looks uber-trendy, but the food and service wooed me completely. The bread basket alone makes it worth a visit.

          3. I am a veg and have never had less than a great time at Josies. great bread, creative non alcoholic beverages (as well as a great riesling) wholesome food, and uber affordable. not as loud or scene-ish as citrus.

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            1. re: dorothyofoz

              i strongly agree nice martin is more along the lines of what you may need .
              as others have said, citrus is loud and it just seems like the wrong setting overall.
              how about betola?

              1. re: nativeNYer

                I don't go to the Upper West often but I am a fan of Isabella's - lunch, brunch, dinner, a drink, anything. Their menu is very diverse with TONS of options - think upscale diner without the "diner" element. Columbus @77th.

                They also have a "Sunset menu" served from 4-5:30 mon - fri, 4-5 sat, 4:30-5:30 sun with even more options.

                1. re: nativeNYer

                  bettola is very solid, fresh italian

              2. you'll have to travel south a bit, but Bouchon Bakery in Time Warner has something for everyone and pretty reasonable.

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                1. re: jenniebnyc

                  Thanks all! I'm now leaning towards Shanghai Pavillion on the UES - totally different. I'm open to opinions, though - thanks!