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Dec 1, 2007 06:11 AM

Restaurant Recommendations near 96th St & Madison Ave

I need a restaurant recommendation for an after school concert. Our dinner party will include 2 kids, 4 adults and a senior who doesn't like spicy food. Moderate price would be a good thing. Last year we went to One Fish, Two Fish.
Thanks for your help!

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  1. A recent favorite of ours is Square Meal, on 92nd Street, just west of Madison Avenue. Their menu is on line, and as far as I know, they are still byob - the hamburger is wonderful.

    El Paso Taqueria on 97th between 5th and Madison is pretty reasonable, not spicy unless you want it to be, but they don't take reservations. There's a pub up there - Hanratty's, I think, but I've not tried it.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Can you link to the Square Meal menu? I couldn't find it on or their web site.

        1. re: kathryn

          First - here's the website for others - thought I'd linked to on the other thread but realized that I hadn't:

 - and it doesn't have the menu, as you say - thought it did before. And, it used to be on, but doesn't seem to be any more - I wonder if it is because she changes the menu every day?

          Sorry about that ...

          1. re: MMRuth

            No problem! I know Yura is famous for pumpkin pie and my SO loves pumpkin pie, so we'll probably make it up there some day and find out for ourselves...

            But if you are in there, perhaps you could drop a hint that they could put up a sample menu on their site! :)

            1. re: kathryn

              I will - I walk by every day w/ the dog, so see the menu. Price range quite a bit - appetizers from $7 - 14, hamburger was $13, husband's boullabaise (sp?) was about $28, which was certainly the most expensive entrees, desserts around $7.

              1. re: MMRuth

                Just went by while walking the dog and checked out the menu outside. Starters were in the $7 - $8.50 range, main courses $23 to $32 (a beef dish), with an in between section, including hamburgers, some salads, and a "french meatloaf" in the $12 - $18 range.

        2. re: MMRuth

          El Paso Taqueria is very good, based on the two visits I made in February or so.

          1. re: MMRuth

            We ended up at El Paso Taqueria last night. It was very lovely. I had a lamb special cooked in paper, quite flavorful. El Paso did take a quick reservation and they quickly set up seating for eight on short notice. The menu is quite extensive but I was surprised that the dishes were so mild. Many thanks for the suggestions.

          2. If you can get down to 85th and Mad you can go to Centolire. It is a Pino Luongo restaurant. And they have a kids menu.So obviously they are kid friendly.

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            1. re: peachtart

              Took the words right out of my mouth, peachtart!

            2. If you want something different, I would suggest Don Pedro's on 96th and Third Ave. I actually think this is a very decent Caribbean Latin restaurant (mostly Puerto Rican and Cuban) in a great ambiance. The food is good and served 'nouveau' style, but still retains authentic flavors. Worth a try.

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              1. re: ericmald

                Good suggestion - I've not been in a while, but remember the food being good, especially the fish empanadas.