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I am looking for some places to dine on the uws. Some local favorites for casual dining and maybe some take out/order in spots. A friend of mine just moved to the neighborhood so we need some good recommendations. Here are some places I know already:

La Vela
Nice Matin
Chirping Chicken
Westside Brewing

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Mermaid Inn
    Pio Pio
    Dovetail (very new and worthy of three stars)
    Calle Ocho

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    1. re: Will4Food

      La Fenice
      Shun Lee West
      Rosa Mexicano
      Bar Boulud
      La Boite en Bois
      Gray's Papaya
      Le Pain Quotidien
      Westside Diner
      La Fortuna
      Per Se
      Jean Georges

      1. re: idia

        Have you had a chance to try Bar Boulud yet? Menu looks wonderful.

        1. re: MMRuth

          (oops, just noticed after posting, this is a very old thread)

          Bar Boulud sitting at a table is ok, not bad but nothing special. The bar is not a fun place to sit, very cramped and the people behind the bar are not there for you so you always interact with somebody behind you.

          Salumeria Rossi a half dozen blocks north has much better tasting charcuterie, and I think is more fun all around, menu, execution, vibe. I don't love Rossi, but I'll go back. 3 times at Bar Boulud is enough for me.

          1. re: acidity

            We ate at the very end of the bar - towards the back, and didn't feel cramped, though there were a lot of servers going by as the stairs to the kitchen were right there. And, to the contrary, we found that the bar tender was very helpful (this was for lunch on a weekend), and Daniel Boulud actually checked in with us after he overheard my mentioning that there was some cork in my glass of wine.

    2. Not my nabe but besides those mentioned, Cafe Gray, Asiate, Barney Greengrass and Cafe Luxembourg. Is Rain still there?

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      1. re: guttergourmet

        Rain is gone. It was replaced by Bar Bao, which is actually very tasty. Try the duck hash and the pork belly.

        1. re: nyu_uws

          I agree - we went after the movies a couple of weeks ago and I posted briefly on another thread about it. We had the pork belly and a number of other dishes - will have to try the duck hash next time.

        1. Hampton Chutney Company -- Amsterdam ( btw 82 & 83)
          Land- Amst (btw 81 & 82)
          Celeste -- Italian
          Comida (82 & Columbus)-high end mexican
          Saigon Grill -great food -- very moderate prices-- amsterdam and 90th
          Ozu-- Healthy Macro/Vegan

            1. it's really a quite awful neighborhood for restaurants...

              i moved here 6 months ago...i love being next to Central Park...i love being 2 minutes away from the opera and symphony...but the food options are pretty dreadful...

              back in October, i posted an openminded shoutout here (do a search on UWS and you'll find it), hoping to find some alternatives to my former East Village and Union Sq and Soho standards...

              the utter of absence of even half-decent Chinese is particularly depressing...

              in six months, i can only really recommend two places: Cafe Ronda and Bar Bao...i haven't tried Kefi or Zeytin yet, so those might be good...Earthen Oven was tasty when i ate there but so-so and overpriced when i got takeout...

              the fact that chowhounds tout pretty horrible places like Saigon Grill speaks volumes about the sad state of things...love the 'hood, hate the food...

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              1. re: Simon


                I agree! Although I will say that the grocery shopping is top notch up here compared to other neighborhoods. I guess when one has Fairway, Citarella, Zabar's, I more often than not think to myself that I can cook better than this after eating out/ ordering in.

                1. re: ral217

                  true...the grocery stores are good...i usually alternate between Fairway and WF Columbus Circle...haven't been to the Citarella that's next to Fairway yet, but i used to go to the one on 6th Ave when i lived downtown, mainly when i wanted to buy fresh fish...

                  (but i'd been very spoiled living in Union Sq where i had the Green Market a few days a week, plus WF, Garden of Eden, etc -- so i prob don't appreciate the UWS groceries as much as i should)...

              2. A lot (not all:)) of the recos so far seem a little bit out of the same range of what you have listed so far. Here's a few more that seem to be a bit more in-range.

                B Cafe
                Rancho Cafe
                Bella Sguardo
                Charm Thai

                None are high-end, or mind-blowingly good.. All are pretty neighborhood-y.. but most have been around for a while and when I just want a local nice dinner, I've been happy pretty much always.

                1. Years ago, I used to like Ta Cocina, on 85th between Broadway and Amsterdam. How is it lately? I don't think I've seen any comments on it on this site, which would seem to speak volumes.

                  1. a few that haven't been mentioned:
                    riposo (flatbread pizza things are good, not sure about the rest)

                    1. Telepan, Bar Boulud, Salumeria Rosi, Picholine, Shake Shack

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                      1. re: guttergourmet

                        We went to Salumeria Rosi in the first few weeks it opened - great tapas - so great that people don't want to leave - so just be careful if you need to be somewhere next - its a small spot so we unforunately didnt get seated on time for our resi - but enjoyed wine and some comp apps while waiting but wanted to spend our full time enjoying it once seated... we were late to our party but well worth it!

                      2. Sante Fe on 71st also good and not yet mentioned I believe

                        1. I forgot... Citrus is good too.

                          1. A few more that I don't think anyone mentioned...

                            Fatty Crab- although I prefer their location in the Meatpacking District
                            West Branch
                            Eighty One
                            Center Cut in the Empire Hotel

                            Kefi and Shake Shack are a must~