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What's your top 3 upper east side restaurants with moderate prices?

rosie209 Sep 16, 2007 11:12 AM

Any ideas? I live in the area and I'm new to this website - any suggestions/cuisines are welcome!

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    idia RE: rosie209 Sep 16, 2007 11:53 AM

    Moderate knocks out Centolire and Giovanni Venti Cinque.
    But it still leaves Fig & Olive, a Mediterranean walk-down which is not only fairly priced but also very health conscious with their ingredients.
    A charming spot with maybe 12 tables max.

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      rosie209 RE: idia Sep 16, 2007 12:04 PM

      I've been to Fig & Olive - I thought it was pretty good. The unique bruschetta assortments were fab. Perhaps we will try Centolire and Giovanni Venti Cinque for a special night out ;)

    2. LeahBaila RE: rosie209 Sep 16, 2007 12:12 PM

      Uva, Taco Taco, Beyoglu

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        izzyeatsny RE: LeahBaila Sep 17, 2007 06:20 PM

        Absolutely agree with Taco Taco. Maybe not a place to go to impress the in-laws, i.e. the decor leaves much to be desired. The flavors are authentic and the portions are monstrous. Oh, and that whole fad with tableside guacamole... they make a killer guac for $8. They also have delectable margaritas. My favorite is the cucumber margarita - tasty and refreshing.

      2. MMRuth RE: rosie209 Sep 16, 2007 05:03 PM

        I live at the northern edge of the UES - Carnegie Hill - happy to help - but would be useful to know what part of the UES and what your definition of moderate is. First places that come to mind for me are Zebu Grill and Kurio.

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          rosie209 RE: MMRuth Sep 16, 2007 06:52 PM

          Anywhere 75th-94th street - about $100 or less for dinner (entree and appitizer or dessert) and wine per couple.

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            ow77 RE: rosie209 Sep 16, 2007 07:09 PM

            The bar across the street at Etats-Unis. 81st between 2nd and 3rd. The closest thing to a downtown feel on the UES. They don't take reservation and you might have to wait in line.
            Canyon Road on 1st and 77th - South Western food. Gets crowded and is under staffed so expect a very slow service.

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              MMRuth RE: ow77 Sep 17, 2007 06:49 AM

              I really like Zebu Grill, as I mentioned - but might be tough to keep it under $100 if you have a bottle of wine. For reasonable and decent (not great) sushi, we like Ichi Ro.

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              SweetPea914 RE: rosie209 Sep 18, 2007 07:20 AM

              Some of my fave's (I found it hard top pick just 3) that fit the bill are...
              Atlantic Grill Which can be under $100 if you order carefully, Zebu Grill, Ichi Ro, Don Pedros (on 96th, but worth going the extra 2 blocks IMO), Kudoo's, Yuka ( I usually get delivery, and not to be confused with Yuko). And finally for apps and drinks Uptown is very reasonable. Their pasta entrees are quite good as is brunch, however, meat dishes tend to get over cooked. They used to have a weekend special of 1 app, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for a ridiculous price of like $50. I don't know if they still do it though. All of these places can be found on menu pages.

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            Med618 RE: rosie209 Sep 17, 2007 06:48 AM

            Zuchero Pomodori - This is in my opinion the most underrated, overlooked restaurant on the Upper East Side. The food, while obviously not the absolute best Italian out there, is much better than most of the other Italian restaurants on the UES, and better priced.

            Trate Estiatorio - Also another highly underrated restaurant on the UES. Very solid Greek Food. Good swordfish and Pikilia platter.

            Atlantic Grill on 77th(?) and Third - This restaurant doesn't seem to get a lot of mention on the boards. Aside from the space itself(airy, comfortable relaxing), I think what I like most about this place the most is the variety on the menu(raw bar, sushi, fish, meat) all of which are very well prepared.

            1. Jel212 RE: rosie209 Sep 17, 2007 02:58 PM

              I like:
              Lili's Noodle House for pleasant atmosphere and fresh, fast Chinese food.
              Jasmine is pretty good for Thai. Vermicelli is nice for spicy Vietnamese.
              Yuka is unbeatable for a no-atmosphere sushi place. Sushi Hana has a little more atmopshere and excellent rolls.

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                italiana3 RE: Jel212 Sep 17, 2007 08:10 PM

                I just went to this place "oh mammamia" (it sounds like a crazy chain restaurant name, but it really isnt!!) but I was completely impressed with the quality of the food and the pizzas! The food is so authentic. Threre is this very funny , Neopolitan guy making the pizzas and he is extremely entertaining.You must check this place out

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                  italiana3 RE: Jel212 Sep 17, 2007 08:11 PM

                  I forgot the address! IT is located on 2nd ave between 74 and 75 (not quite sure of the cross streets

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                    jeanki RE: Jel212 Sep 18, 2007 10:32 AM

                    Very sorry, but i find all of the above to be mediocre to average asian food, except for Yuka which I've never been to, and Sushi Hana is slightly above average sushi.

                    Places I think are OK (although still not that great compared to downtown): Ichiro, Poke, Sachi, Gaiyumaru for sushi (I also hear good things about Inase and Donguri), Wu Liang Ye for Szechuan, Mingala Burmese, Buddha BBQ. There's no good Thai but I prefer Sala Thai to Jasmine (there's a couple new places I havent tried yet like Wondee III and Milano). Vietnamese is horrible around here (and I even include the vanished Saigon Grill in that description.)

                    My top 3 would be: Beyoglu, El Paso Taqueria, and Mingala Burmese. Atlantic Grill is nice but I think it's a little pricey/bordering on above moderate. Other runners up would be La Tour (for their moules frites), Ottomanelli (great bargain comfort food and steaks), Kinsale Tavern (surprisingly good and cheap Irish pub grub, try the Irish panini). I'm probably forgetting some stuff.

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                      MMRuth RE: jeanki Sep 18, 2007 11:23 AM

                      Yes - Inase is v. good - we have a tough time spending less than $100 there though. I like Poke for the rolls, but not the sashimi. I've posted about Thai Milano - I'm now addicted to their Thai fried rice - have only done delivery though. I also like El Paso Taqueria - will have to try Mingala.

                  2. DarthEater RE: rosie209 Sep 18, 2007 07:27 AM

                    ottomanelli new york grill has steaks and pasta for under $20.Its on 93rd and lex.

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                      CorgiLover RE: DarthEater Sep 18, 2007 08:38 AM

                      1. Ottomanelli (love the chicken parm)
                      2. Pio Pio peruvian chicken
                      3. Either Beyoglu or Beanochinos (not so much dinner, more a cafe but)

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                        TheNewYorker RE: CorgiLover Sep 18, 2007 09:52 AM

                        I have to second Ottomanelli. The steak wrap is only $7 and is amazing. Anything there that I've had is great. Also, Nick's pizza is a great eat on 2nd Ave & 94th St. JG Melon's for a burger is essential too.

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                          jeanki RE: TheNewYorker Sep 18, 2007 10:34 AM

                          Nick's pizza is the best on the UES I agree. I found the JG Melon burger surprisingly small portioned and disappointing.

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                            jeanki RE: jeanki Sep 18, 2007 12:56 PM

                            I also forgot another fave, Ethiopian Restaurant on York Ave.

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                          teresa RE: CorgiLover Sep 18, 2007 10:57 AM

                          I love Pio Pio. Their portions are huge and they have great sangria. :)

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                            rosie209 RE: CorgiLover Sep 18, 2007 06:28 PM

                            Pio Pio and Beyoglu are FAB. You can't beat the food/service/price combo!!!!

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                            DarthEater RE: DarthEater Sep 18, 2007 10:21 AM

                            My steak and crispy waffle fries was excellent for $15. Large portions.

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                              akk RE: DarthEater Sep 18, 2007 10:14 PM

                              Yes, the steak is an unbelievable deal. The quality of the meat is excellent.

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                              sukmon RE: rosie209 Sep 18, 2007 11:25 AM

                              I top with Pio Pio for value, Yuka for Japanese (try thier Dragon Rolls or all you can eat Sushi on weekdays) and then there was a great authentic Mexican place with better atmosphere on 97th Btw Madison and Park. I forgot the name but it is a secret find and worth the trip. They had a great dish with pork with chocolate sauce!

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                                lookingforpig RE: rosie209 Sep 18, 2007 11:44 AM

                                Try York Grill, it's the best kept secret on the UES and frankly the best restaurant in my opinion.

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                                  Mama2Four RE: lookingforpig Aug 6, 2009 06:20 PM

                                  Kinsale Tavern - BEST prices, great food, great beer selection

                                2. emilia RE: rosie209 Aug 6, 2009 09:57 PM

                                  Spent 3 years living in the UES searching for moderately priced, non-mediocre food. It was...err.. hard to come by.

                                  I loved Vespa when i was there but it's since closed. I would still trek uptown for:

                                  1. Beyoglu
                                  2. Gobo (though select dishes only)
                                  3. Etats-Unis

                                  I also remember enjoying Yuka, Sasabune (of course) and all its previous incarnations, and Good Health (select dishes-- great whole grain blueberry/banana pancakes). Also JG Melon for burgers, of course.

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                                    artist type RE: rosie209 Jan 6, 2010 01:27 PM

                                    Blossom is great. It's newest location is on the UES on 1st Ave, btwn 79th & 80th. All vegan food selections. Not a veggie? Not a problem, the food is still amazing, as are the desserts.The staff is friendly and helpful, the decor is minimal. It's great all around.

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