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Jun 30, 2007 07:07 PM

recommendations for restaurants 2nd or 3rd avenue, 20's to 30's

Anyone have any recommendations for restaurants in the 20's or 30's on either second or third avenue?

Moderate to high prices are okay.

Also, anyone know anything about the Cafe Vartan at 34th and 2nd?



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  1. I do not eat out in that neighborhood too often, but I have eaten at Ethos (Greek) on 3rd ave betw. 33rd and 34th, and enjoyed it both times.

    1. There's a nice Afghani place, (Bimyani or something like that) on 3rd in the upper 20s. Also good German place, Rolf's, at 281 3rd Ave.

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      1. re: Gorilla Bob

        The Afghani restaurant is Bamiyan. It's on the corner of 3rd & 26th St.

      2. Some of the places in the area that we like are Turkish Kitchen, I Trulli, Ethos, and Josie's. You can see all the menus on

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        1. re: jrazzle

          Just to note that I Trulli is on 27th St., b/t Lex & Park Av. S. The others are on 3rd.

        2. Ethos, Ali Baba, Petite Abeille, Lamazou
          Bistango is decent for neighborhood Italian

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          1. re: Lucia

            Lamazou is not a restaurant. It's a small shop that specializes in cheeses, but where you can also do take-out of excellent sandwiches and other delicious items.


          2. Franw,

            Vartan (no "Cafe" in the name) is on 3rd, near 29th St. It's a vegetarian Indian restaurant which serves an ayce set menu. The kitchy interior has a village theme, and most of the seating is in booths on floor cushions.


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            1. re: RGR

              If it's the Indian restaurant you are looking for, the name is actually Vatan (nor R either).

              1. re: MAH

                Oops! You're right! Thanks for the correction. :-)

              2. re: RGR

                Actually, St. Vartan's church recently opened a cafe. That is on the northeast corner of 34th and 2nd. It appears similar to the Cafe at St. Bart's (though I haven't been to either so I can't speak from experience).

                My husband and I passed it this weekend and will probably give it a try in the near future. Menu appears basic enough.