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chowesq May 5, 2007 08:31 PM

LA Chowhounds are going to be visiting NYC for a week staying on E 91st ST. Where would you suggest? Breakfast Lunch or Dinner! Also, anywhere good we can order for delivery for dinner one night for a small group??? THANKS!!!!

  1. jrazzle May 5, 2007 10:52 PM

    I know it's hard to get a reservation, but Sfoglia is supposed to be great!

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    1. re: jrazzle
      MMRuth May 6, 2007 05:01 AM

      Just FYI - their website says they're now booked six weeks in advance - I've tried a couple of times to get a dinner reservation with no luck - in order to verify downhill alerts by various 'hounds.

      Here are a couple of threads that may be helpful:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322429#1847392
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/234194#1242271
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/231313#1228124
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39503...

      Enjoy your visit!

    2. csw May 6, 2007 05:47 AM

      Big fresh steaks, burgers, and large pasta dishes for a low price. The crispy waffle fries are one of the best I've had in restaurants.

      Ottomanelli New York Grill
      Corner of 1424 Lexington Ave, At 93rd St

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        fauchon May 6, 2007 06:00 AM

        Peri Ela at 1361 Lexington Ave (90 &91) is a small, attractive, very friendly Turkish restaurant...one of NY's really good neighborhood places....The mezeler are all terrific...Their tarama is the best I've ever had...DH loves the ezme (spicy chopped vegs)...The lamb dishes stand out & on Fri & Sat night the special shredded leg of lamb is fabulous...AFAIK they don't deliver but you can call (212.410.4300) and pick up (and everything is nicely packaged, not just dumped into a take-out carton)...

        The only dish that disappointed was the shrimp casserole...overcooked...

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          jsmitty May 6, 2007 08:52 PM

          york grill is very close and very solid!

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            1uc7 May 6, 2007 09:05 PM

            Kurio is a small american restaurant on 92nd betw 2nd/1st. Haven't been there in a while but when we used to live across the street, we'd occasionally treat ourselves to a dinner there -- the food was really great, very well-prepared and a lovely atmosphere.

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            1. re: 1uc7
              MMRuth May 7, 2007 04:04 AM

              I agree - had dinner there a couple of weeks ago and it was as good as ever - quite reasonable too, for the quality of the food, and wonderful cocktails.

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              xtgirl May 7, 2007 04:20 AM

              Try Taco Taco on 2nd Avenue between 89th and 90th.

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                gutsofsteel May 7, 2007 06:22 AM

                This neighborhood, with very few exceptions, is a culinary wasteland. Sfoglia is good but not worth the hype. It's open for lunch which is less of a hassle. Cafe d'Alsace has gone way downhill. You're from LA so I would avoid Mexican in NYC like the plague. That new Turkish place somebody mentioned - nothing interesting about it, if you want Turkish food go to Ali Baba on 34th St. Breakfast at the Mansion Diner on 86th & York is fine. Ottomanelli and York Grill? No reason to go to either. Luca is reliable neighborhood Italian, but again - nothing special.

                Go south a bit and you'll have better luck - Etats Unis, Bar at Etats Unis. Spigolo, also E. 81st is good.

                Go up to Patsy's on 1st near 117th for good NYC pizza.

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                1. re: gutsofsteel
                  MMRuth May 7, 2007 06:59 AM

                  Sfoglia has opened for breakfast now - might be interesting - they had wonderful bread at my dinners there. Agree about Spigolo.

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                    Striver May 8, 2007 05:13 AM

                    The bread is the best thing at Sfoglia; also, now that the Nantucket season is ramping up, the owners will most likely be dividing their time between there and NYC - and why wouldn't they! My sense, based on a few visits (the last disappointing enough that we have no plans to return), is that it's definitely better when they're around.

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                  Chookie May 7, 2007 06:34 AM

                  Beyoglu, on 81st Street and 3rd Avenue, has great Turkish/Mediterranean food.

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                    esyle May 7, 2007 11:23 AM

                    Zebu, 92nd and 2nd for great Brazilian Food.
                    Pio Pio, 1st Ave in the low 90's, great Peruvian Chicken
                    Once Saigon Grill opens, 2nd and 89?

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                    1. re: esyle
                      MMRuth May 7, 2007 02:16 PM

                      Had a good dinner at Zebu Grill on Saturday - lovely Salmon, my husband the Fejoada (sp?) as usual, wonderful emanadas.

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                      lucybobo May 7, 2007 03:10 PM

                      I live around there. Sarabeth's on Madison for breakfast. (get there early if the weekend.) Gourmet Land, Shanghai Pavillion or Wu Liang Ye for Chinese delivery. Nick's, Delizia 92 or BullDog for pizza. Land Thai for Thai. There's an Afghan place on 2nd Ave called Afghan Kebab House which is pretty good. They don't deliver that far, though. For a nice, sit down mill Etats-Unis or Table d'Hote are not bad. You can find out more about any of these places on menupages.com.

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                        chowesq May 7, 2007 07:45 PM

                        We went to Sarabeth's the last time we were visiting. It was good, thanks for reminding me!!!

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                          tommyk7 May 8, 2007 11:33 AM

                          I agree with Guts, head down into the 80s and you'll have tons of choices. If you can get a table try J.G. Melon for lunch (great burgers) in the mid-70s/3rd Ave.
                          Cash only though.

                          Or....

                          Try Hanratty's and post your experience! (97th/Madison) - I've wanted to know what it's like!

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