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Feb 9, 2008 01:46 PM

Upper West Side Recs

Looking for great food for dinner on Upper West Side (60's up to Columbia). We're open to all cuisines and styles (e.g., tapas), with an atmosphere for conversation.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Top restaurants: Dovetail (NY's newest 3*), Ouest, Telepan. Try the new (Carolina Cooking) Madeline Mae on Columbus; Inch and S'mac, Calle Ocho, Gennaro and Celeste for Italian, Ocean, Mermaid Inn, Neptune for Seafood. Kefi for Greek, Nice Matin for French.

        1. re: Will4Food

          Ouest at 84th & Broadway
          For a Turkish delight at 85th & Columbus, try Zeytin.
          Compass for all-around good dining at 69th & Amsterdam
          The usual suspects around Lincoln Center are:
          Shun Lee West at 65th off Broadway
          O'Neals for wholesome family style dining across from Shun Lee.
          Josephinas, Fiorello's, Bar Boulud, all next to each other at 66th & Broadway
          Bon appetit!

      2. Picholine is certainly "great food"--if it's in your price range.

        You might also check out Nick & Toni's Cafe:

        Both near Lincoln Center.

        1. Kefi for greek is delicious and reasonably priced.


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          1. re: wontonfm

            Joan is right. I forgot about those two near Lincoln Center.

          2. I like wontonfm's Kefi suggestion a lot on the food front, but the place can honestly get a little loud. They also don't accept reservations, which can be a pain in the bum. However, this is the closest you'll come to (good) tapas on the UWS, I think. Sol y Sombra and Luzia's also do Spanish and Portuguese tapas, respectively, but they aren't particularly well done.

            Ouest is excellent for French. Make sure you don't hold back on the red meats.

            I really like a smallish neighborhood place called Spiga for Italian. The menu is a bit experimental, so you have to like that sort of thing.

            Thai Market does EXCELLENT, reasonably priced Thai.

            For Turkish, I like Pasha better than Zeytin, though Pasha can be hit or miss. (Sometimes the hunkar bejendi makes me melt, other times, it's made with too much flour and the lamb is overcooked and tough.) Service as Zeytin is a little spacey, they have a smaller menu, and they don't do well with the more delicately flavored / complex Turkish dishes.

            Ouest, Spiga, Thai Market and Pasha are not quiet places, but you'll be able to speak with your dining companions at a normal volume.

            If I may offer breakfast suggestions, too, Neptune Room is good for brunch (just ok for dinner, these days, in my book).

            If you're here on a weekend, an unlikely little place called China Fun does quite a passable dim sum with egg tarts, pan fried white radish cakes, steamed little soup dumplings, curry puffs, and the works, as well as warm soy milk and congee with you tiao (fried, savory crullers). The space is not beautiful, but they have very speedy delivery.

            I personally run away screaming from Mama Mexico, Shun Lee, and Docks.

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            1. re: cimui

              The Chowhound links -- which I always forget to insert in the original post, sorry!:

              Thai Market
              960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

              2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

              505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

              200 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024

              70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023

              China Fun
              246 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

              1. re: cimui

                bin 71

              2. re: cimui

                i have run away screaming from mama mexico and shun lee as well, louder and faster from mama mexico.

                1. re: nativeNYer

                  I can't understand how Mama Mexico and Docks are still in business.

                2. re: cimui

                  "For Turkish, I like Pasha better than Zeytin, though Pasha can be hit or miss."

                  Interesting. I went to Pasha last spring or so and was pretty underwhelmed, but had appetizers at Zeytin with a bunch of friends on Feb. 2, 2008 and was impressed!