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mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 08:12 AM

I'm entertaining an out of town friend on monday night (june 3) who will be staying at central park west in the 80s.

I'm looking for a unique place for a nice meal, under $30 (plus tax, tip) - within walking distance of that location. She lives in a semi-rural area, so I'd like to take her to something NY'ish; something she wont' encounter in her home area.

Also, any fun dessert places around there that anyone would like to recommend? Maybe someplace that does chocolate desserts well? That's not essential, but she is a chocolate lover.

That would be great too.



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    haleyjen RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 08:13 AM

    Cafe Lalo would be good for dessert.

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      JoLi RE: haleyjen May 29, 2007 09:51 AM

      Great suggestion! I always take some out of town friends there for desserts, they always think it's kinda neat that it was in You've Got Mail and the desserts are reallyl good too!

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      kiworan79 RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 08:37 AM

      Although you may go over 30/person if you have both apps/entrees/dessert, Calle Ocho is a good place in the neighborhood to bring an out of town friend. Also -- a little more affordable -- Rain might fit your needs.

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        valerie RE: kiworan79 May 29, 2007 09:48 AM

        I was going to suggest Calle Ocho too, but I thought it might be too expensive. Particularly if you have drinks.

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        jsgjewels RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 09:01 AM

        Kefi, on 79th between broadway and amsterdam. Fresh, well-executed greek at amazingly affordable prices. Go early because it gets crowded and it's cash only.

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          Lucia RE: jsgjewels May 29, 2007 09:58 AM

          I second Kefi.

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          JoLi RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 09:38 AM

          I would take her to Prohibition for after dinner drinks.

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            baozhen RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 10:48 AM

            Telepan is a wonderful, very NYC place, where you can have a good meal just ordering the appetizers, and get away for something within your price range. The service is as warm and efficient whether you order the full shebang or a light dinner, and the atmosphere is polished without being stuffy. They also have an amazing brunch: make sure you try the home-made smoked trout, which is on all the menus...

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              JoLi RE: baozhen May 29, 2007 11:50 AM

              Telepan is a wonderful restaurant and def one of my faves in the area, but it doesnt' fit in the OP's request of under $30. A meal at Telepan will most likely cost around $100/person.

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                alc RE: JoLi May 29, 2007 04:31 PM

                Lunch at Telepan is $28/person.

            2. kelea RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 11:46 AM

              I agree with every place on the list. I would add

              Cafe Mozart - great desserts esp chocolate one
              Patsy's - NY Pie
              Bella Luna - Italian
              Cafe Con Leche - Cuban
              Rain - Thai food

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                mellowyaelo RE: kelea May 30, 2007 10:40 AM

                I totally second Bella Luna, that place is New Yorkish as it gets

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                  jimmymack99 RE: kelea Jun 2, 2007 09:09 PM

                  Where is Bella Luna?

                2. Tal RE: mar1lyn27 May 29, 2007 01:05 PM

                  what about Celeste? good italian, good prices, kind of a good nyc experience?

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                    berna RE: Tal May 29, 2007 03:05 PM

                    I second Celeste. You might want to try Bistro Citron on Columbus (in the 80's) for some french country food and an inviting atmosphere.

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                      sharonm RE: berna May 30, 2007 11:51 AM

                      I will give a resounding third to Celeste. I travel from Brooklyn for the wine list, pizzas and exquisite cheese selection. Ask the owner Carmine for wine suggestions.

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                    tinybubbles RE: mar1lyn27 May 30, 2007 10:53 AM

                    Bello Sguardo on Amsterdam btwn 79 & 80.

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                      JillAnn RE: mar1lyn27 May 30, 2007 02:22 PM

                      i love calle ocho too! would definitely skip rain though, you can get good asian food at tons of other places much cheaper.

                      1. mar1lyn27 RE: mar1lyn27 Jun 2, 2007 08:09 PM

                        I'm overwhelmed with all the wonderful suggestions!

                        Thanks a bunch. I'm going to narrow it down to 2 or 3 and see what appeals to my guest.


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