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Best Upper East Side Diner

hongry_hippo Sep 24, 2007 02:25 PM

I just moved to the area (89th and Lex) and am in search of a good neighborhood diner. I've done a search and seem to have identified some clear favorites (Mansion, Viand) but thought I'd start a specific post on the subject to make sure I was exhaustive.

In my early exploration I've tried Highlands (on 3rd and 85th I think) and also Midnight Express (around 2nd and 89th). Both were fine, but not particularly memorable. I walked by the Jackson Hole on Madison yesterday and thought I might give that a try next. Any other suggestions? I would love to hear your votes on the best!

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    Gelaine RE: hongry_hippo Sep 24, 2007 03:01 PM

    On Lex and 83rd ( I think) is an old timer.... been there since the '30s?? Can't remember the name but it's a unique ambiance.

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      Loren RE: Gelaine Sep 24, 2007 06:53 PM

      it's called the lexington avenue candy shop and it's just ok.

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      Leebird RE: hongry_hippo Sep 25, 2007 06:01 AM

      Stargate on 3rd ave btwn 89th and 88th.

      1. MMRuth RE: hongry_hippo Sep 25, 2007 06:23 AM

        I'm not a big fan of Jackson Hole - incredibly greasy food - though the onion rings are pretty good in a greasy kind of way. There's also Nectar, on Madison and 83rd, which is quite good, and Three Guys, at Madison and maybe 89th - I've only had breakfast there - passable - but if you want to do an exhaustive search, you might want to check it out as well.

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          GiantLeap RE: hongry_hippo Sep 26, 2007 08:28 PM

          Highly recommend Cafe Luka, 1st Ave between 70th and 71st. Fantastic food, family owned. Excellent reviews on both Yelp and Menupages.

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            lookingforpig RE: hongry_hippo Sep 27, 2007 07:06 AM

            Go to Grace's on 86th & 1st, you'll never go anywhere else.

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              liztish RE: lookingforpig Sep 27, 2007 10:52 AM

              Gracie Mew's on 81st and 1st is also amazing!

            2. Toot RE: hongry_hippo Sep 27, 2007 01:28 PM

              I like Barking Dog on 94th and 3rd.

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