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UES rut - need inspired suggestions

Have anyone tried any good new places on the UES lately? I am trying to pick a place for dinner with a friend tonight and everything seems boring - we have to stay on UES but 60-80s would work. . .

Thanks!

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  1. I haven't been there, but the new wine bar on 64th and 1st is always packed when I walk by. And has gotten some good reviews on this board (I believe).

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    1. re: RussianGirl

      Felice - my fiance and I tried it on Saturday night - small and noisy with a limited menu but overall food was quite good

    2. If you are willing to travel a bit up to 92nd Street, I'd recommend Square Meal - really wonderful food, and BYOB:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/482485

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Cafe d'Alsace is wonderful but very noisy when crowded, which is most nights. Also:

        Donguri on East 83rd - under-rated down-home Japanese
        Etats-Unis on East 81st - always need to book ahead but have never been let down.

        1. re: scoopG

          Donguri might be good but last time I went there we ordered so much food and requested doggie bag for 2 steaks that were not consumed. They refused!! Well I refused to pay my bill.... they then gave me doggie bag-what prudes-never will go back after that kind of treatment!

          1. re: UES Mayor

            donguri is no longer owned by the original family and standards dropped heavily

      2. Sfloglia, Lex @ 92nd, is absolutely amazing and well-reviewed, but I doubt you'll be able to get in. It's small and books up 6 weeks in advance.

        How about Cafe d'Alsace, 2nd @ 88th? Great Alsatian cuisine and a tremendous beer selection -- ask about the cellared beers. Far from boring. Call for a reservation.

        Or Spigolo, 2nd @ 81st? Another well-reviewed Italian, but also small and tough to crack on short notice.

        Zocalo? Another great choice.

        So many options!

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        1. re: gekko

          Two other nice choices - though again on 92nd Street - are Zebu Grill (Brazilian) and Kurio - truly a hidden gem, but there are a number of reviews - and reservations shouldn't be an issue at either place.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Kurio! Yes! Great food with a personal touch (a wonderful mother-daugher team run the restaurant -- front and back).

            I'd certainly add Kurio to my list. Like I said, so many options . . .

            1. re: gekko

              And, not to "plug" my E. 92nd corridor too much, but we do eat out in other parts of the UES, and I do think all of these places are worth the trip.

        2. Try Vespa (2nd Ave between 84th and 85th). If they don't have a table available, they'll send you just down the block to Bar Vespa, where you can relax over some wine and cheese and wait for Vespa to call over and tell you your table is ready.

          1. a friend who lives on the ues has recommended these to me but i haven't tried them yet.........sandros, elios, uva, oh mamma mia. i like Zucchero e Pomodori for simple, moderate priced italian. these aren't necessarily new to the n'hood but maybe to you.

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            1. re: fein

              Per Lei or Baraonda are good and not your typical upper east restaurant. Both are on 2nd avenue in the 70s. Good food, great wine, trendy crowd.

              www.hermanweb.us/category/food-reviews/

            2. I usually wind up at Beyoglu on 81st and 3rd. Good middle eastern-style tapas. Also, i think Bandol Bistro on 78 bet Lex and 3rd is the most underrated french bistro in town.

              1. Well - with all this talk of going out to eat, we're going to head to B Cafe on E. 75th for some moules frites - will post back.

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                1. re: MMRuth

                  Fig & Olive -- small walk-down, charming, dedicated to healthy food with a Mediterranean bent.