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My husband and I will be making a trip down to NYC this weekend and need some advice on where to stick our forks. We will be staying in the area of 95th and Broadway, in an area of the city we are not familiar with at all. We are on a slight budget, but have room for a little splurge.

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  1. If you can get there before 6:30, Ouest on Broadway btw 83rd and 84th has a great weeknight dinner deal. $33 per person for a prix-fixe dinner with app, entree and dessert, all orders must be in the kitchen by 6:30. It's a great way to have a high-quality meal at Ouest, known for their meats, at a lower price. Menu is here: http://www.ouestny.com/dinner.html

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    1. re: selizara

      Thank you, that sounds great! Our friend, whose apartment at which we are staying, said there are a number of good Thai restaurants in the neighborhood. Though she failed to give us any names before she took off for Mexico. We also love good BBQ, Soul food and Greek and Mediterranean food.

      1. re: tickerrose

        Head up to Dinosaur BBQ - easy cab or subway trip from where you're staying. There's Bodrum for Mediterranean, I haven't been. Try Kefi for casual Greek on 79th between Bwy/Amsterdam (cash only).

        There's also Gennaro for decent affordable Italian food.

        Also, make sure you get some bagels at Absolute on 108/Bwy and baked goods at Silver Spoon on 105/bwy.

        Grab a slice of Pizza or 2 at Sal and Carmine's on 101/Bwy

        1. re: harrison

          Second the rec for Silver Moon (not "spoon") on 105th. Wonderful croissants. We also like Dinosaur BBQ, Gennaro's, Pio Pio. We're not fans of Cafe con Leche.

          We also like Roth's Steakhouse (they usually have live jazz on the weekends) on Columbus at 93rd and Gabriela's (Mexican) on Columbus between 93rd & 94th.

          You can check menus and prices for any suggestions at www.menupages.com.

          1. re: LNG212

            whoops - typing faster than brain working this morning!

        2. re: tickerrose

          You can have SOUL and BBQ at rack N Soul on 109th and Bway.

          1. re: Ora

            oooh, yes. They have good red velvet cake too at rack & soul.

      2. Taco truck on 96th and Broadway is a cheap and delicious treat on the go.

        1. Charm Thai on Amsterdam between 95th and 96th for cheap thai food. There are some mixed reviews from Hounders here, but for the most part I love the food there. One of the best Thai places in the UWS.

          Pio Pio Salon for peruvian if that is up your alley. You can get a whole chicken and 2 sides for under $20. Delicious and filling.

          Cafe con LEche for cuban, just next door to Charm thai. I'd stay away from the steak dishes, as the meat was a little tough when I had it. BUt everything else is very flavorful and cheap!

          1. Trik Trak (Haitian) at Amsterdam & 101 sounds interesting...haven't been there but am definitely intrigued....

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            1. re: fauchon

              Did they change the name? I thought it was called Krik Krak. I bought take out once. It was good, but better Haitian food can be found in Brooklyn. Even Le Soleil in 57 St is better.

            2. These sound like some great places. I have been to Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester and I wonder if the one in NY is much different....I have never tried Haitian food, I am sure I would like it though. Thank you for all the suggestions so far. I have been looking up menus all morning and am now more than ready for lunch I am so hungry!

              1. Nice Matin at 79th and Amsterdam, about $120 for two with wine. Alouette at Broadway and 97th, about the same price. Both are very good.

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                1. re: rrems

                  will easily second both ouest and nice matin and add telepan at 69th.

                  1. re: TBird

                    Note Telepan's brunch, which allows those who prefer lunch a chance-

                    And I'll second Kefi.

                    1. re: David W

                      thai market (amsterdam near W107) is brand new and very, very good with a nice atmosphere. it's worth a trip up. i'll strongly second (or 4th?) ouest. if you had dinosaur's in rochester, i wouldn't waste you time there in NY. the rochester location is probably better. if you want good wings, go to blondies on w79 bet amsterdam and brdwy. you might also like bettola on amsterdam and W80. menupages.com is a great site to use. just do a sort by location and then cuisine. you'll have access to (even more!!) menus, reviews, and other relevant info. have fun and please report back.

                2. Walk up Broadway from where you are to say, 116th St. or so, and you'll come across a wide variety of restaurants. One of the best pizzerias is on Bdway. and 103rd--Sal and Carmine's. It's fun to walk up Amsterdam Avenue too (that's the one east of Broadway). Noche Mexicana is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Amsterdam bet. 101st and 102nd Sts.).

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                  1. re: gloriousfood

                    i strongly second noche mex but i thought i'd be lynched if i mentioned it once more on this website. if you want mex food, go there instead of mama mexico - it's less expensive and has far better food without the attitude and fanfare.

                    1. re: nativeNYer

                      is there any chinese food that's worth eating on the upper west side?

                      1. re: nativeNYer

                        3rd for noche mexicano. we've never eaten there but get delivery and it's very good.

                        1. re: nativeNYer

                          What do you guys recommend at Noche Mexicana? I went there last year after hearing great things, only to be disappointed by fairly bland, dull food. I think I got a chicken taco, a chorizo taco, and a tamale. I really want to like this place. Should I try one of their entrees?

                          1. re: powermd

                            try the steak nachos. ask them to cook the steak medium unless you like it very well done. you will get a heaping plate of steak. i also like the huaraches, quesadilla, the milanesa de res and the enchilada. i love the quality of the meat, the tortilla and chips, the beans and the cheese. i always top it off with guac, sour cream and their great salsa. you are not the first who has said the food there is dull but it definitely works for me.

                      2. Thank you all so much for your wonderful advice. I will certainly be trying a few of these places. My husband was particularly excited about Rack and Roll, as he loves good soul food and I am pretty excited about trying the Haitian restaurant, though I still don't know if it's called Krik Krak or Trik Trak. I will let you know when we come back. I am starving and can not wait to get there and start eating!

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                        1. re: tickerrose

                          It's Krik Krak. I find it good but not incredible.

                          1. Nobody's mentioned Picnic on Broadway between 101st and 102nd. It's a very nice place for a good, sort-of-expensive dinner. In other words, not cheap-good, like Krik Krak. The owners of the terrific bakery, Silver Moon, opened it not long ago.
                            I second the suggestion of Sal & Carmine's for pizza, which is right next door.

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                            1. re: greendakini

                              i never heard silver moon opened picnic. thanks for the info.

                            2. In the neighborhood (mine).

                              Pio Pio (used to be Sipan) 702 Amsterdam 94 Street 212-665-9929-Peruvian-very good food, nice atmosphere, quite during the week, a little noisier on weekends.

                              Gennaro 665 Amsterdam 92/93 Streets - very good food-Italian-very hectic does not take reservations or credit cards-get there early for seating.

                              Docks 2427 Broadway 89/90 Streets 212-986-8080 OK fish, excellent oysters, lively but not hectic.

                              Gabriela's 688 Columbus 93/94 Street 212-961-9600 good traditional Mexican, good value

                              Saigon Grill 620 Amsterdam 90 Street good Vietnamese a bit hectic and noisy

                              Alouette 2588 Broadway 97/98 Streets 212-222-6808 decent neighborhood French. Small. Make reservations.

                              Roth’s Westside Steak 680 Columbus 93 Street 212-280-4103 good steak, expensive.

                              Yuki Sushi 656 Amsterdam 92 Street 212-787-8200 Excellent quality of fish in sushi and sashimi. Moderate price for quality Japanese. Sushi lunch with salad or soup is less than $11.

                              Miyako 642 Amsterdam 91 Street 212-724-3448 About as good as Yuki Sushi and everything is $1-$1.50 less

                              Acqua 718 Amsterdam 94/95 Streets 212-222-2752 reasonably priced good Italian (Sicilian and Sardinian) in nice setting.

                              Pizzabolla 654 Amsterdam 92 Street 212-579-4500 Old style “checkered tablecloth” Italian with very reasonably priced good food. Good antipasti, entrees, brick-oven pizza and good selection of reasonable priced wine by the bottle and glass.

                              Asia Kan 710 Amsterdam Avenue 94/95 Streets 212-280-8878 Nice mix of Japanese (fresh sushi) and other interesting Asian including Thai and Vietnamese.

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                              1. re: Ken J.

                                See, now Saigon Grill is one of my mother's favorite UWS eating spots when she visits.....but I thought I had learned they closed down? Is that right? Or are they still kicking, because if they are I HAVE to try it, even if it's just for her.

                                1. re: tickerrose

                                  UWS Saigon Grill is still open. But there are sometimes picketters outside (if that matters to you), especially on the weekends. Perhaps you are thinking they closed because they moved a while ago? They are now on Amsterdam (no longer on Bway) at about 90th St.