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Jan 17, 2008 05:48 PM

West Side Recommendations

Since I got married (4th anniversary coming up) and moved to the other end of the world (well, the other end of the Jersey Turnpike, anyway) I've been totally out of the NY restaurant loop.
My wife and I are coming to the city for a concert next week, and I am wondering what's available (and worhtwhile) nowadays on the Upper West Side. Open to fleishig or dairy, as long as it has a reliable Orthodox hashgacha. Fancy would be nice, but we're not looking for exorbitant.

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  1. all fancy in ny equals exorbitant esp on the upper west side -- although some people dont hold by UKS -- i really think ozu (cute and quaint but not exorbitant) is a good bet, and some people don't hold by rabbi malek but cafe blossom is a nice bet also.

    3 Replies
    1. re: LoveKosherEats

      Darna is probably the best bet for something on the nicer side.

      1. re: DeisCane

        I agree, Darna is a good balance of;
        dark ski chalet candle lit decor,
        average service and noise level,
        good yet forgettable food choices,
        decent portions at affordable prices,
        and the Hechsher is top notch as
        they cater a lot of local shul events.

      2. re: LoveKosherEats

        LKE; does Ozu use fake or real fish? a lot of people call it vegen/veggie, but it's menu looks more like a regular Japanese place that simply does not serve any meat.

        RJeff; both Ozu & Blossom are open on Shabbos,
        which tends to reduce the reliability of their Hechsher.

      3. What about Mike's Bistro? La Creperie? Estihana? Kasbah?

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        1. re: tomby

          Mike's Bistro: Expensive and slightly overrated but very good. Definitely a "big night out" kind of place
          La Creperie: Mixed reviews on this board, mostly bad. I've never been.
          Esthana: Pretty good, no standouts, fair pricing and average service. I find it to be physically uncomfortable most of the time.
          Kasbah: Same as Estihana but with worse service and better pricing.

          1. re: tomby

            all suck except for maybe mikes -- but thats far too pricey.