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Seeking best eggplant parmigiana in NYC- preferably on the Upper East Side

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hopegoode Feb 10, 2008 11:56 AM

Tired of sauce from the can! Can anybody recommend a great version...take-out is good as well as eat-in.

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    daniellaczar RE: hopegoode Feb 18, 2008 11:36 AM

    i guess it won't help you much since it's in brooklyn, but the best eggplant parm i've ever had was at Difara's. It was amazing, I don't think the eggplant was breaded...it definitely wasn't soggy (i hate that!), it was slightly charred. absolutely divine, but i hear the pasta dishes depend on who (which on of his kids) is cooking them. When i got this his daughter was there and I think there was maybe another one in the back.
    Really great though, sorry can't help you better in your neighborhood.

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      nolonnyc RE: hopegoode Feb 20, 2008 06:52 AM

      great eggplant parm at Il Vagabondo on 62nd st bet. 1st and 2nd aves. I grew up around the corner and have frequented this "old school italian" restaurant my entire life. They also have a baci court in the restaurant which is always fun.

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        tigerwoman RE: hopegoode Mar 20, 2008 03:40 PM

        we always enjoy the giant and delicious eggplant parm from mangeria brothers on the west side about 38th street. thick slabs (sometimes needs salt) ask for sauce on side and they top with fresh mozz. Weighs about 1.5 # and is a deal at 7.95

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          tastelikechicken RE: hopegoode Mar 20, 2008 03:51 PM

          Being you're on the Upper East Side getting to Arthur Ave in the Bronx isn't all that hard. Go to the Arthur Ave Retail Market and walk to back to Mike's Deli. It's the only eggplant parm I'll admit is better than my own. Thin slices of eggplant lightly breaded and quickly fried, fresh mozz and an awesome sauce. I would wait til after this weekend before going there. It's Easter and the place will be mobbed(no pun intended)

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            Liz K RE: tastelikechicken Apr 21, 2008 04:04 PM

            I've heard about Mike's Deli, but have been unable to figure out if we can eat there, or is it just takeout?

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              MMRuth RE: Liz K Apr 21, 2008 04:31 PM

              There are tables where you can eat.

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                Liz K RE: MMRuth Apr 22, 2008 03:51 PM

                Great. Thanks!

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            Annie Rodriguez RE: hopegoode Oct 29, 2010 09:43 AM

            Been to the restaurant on Arthur Avenue (Throwdown winner) and must say that I was totally disappointed. Was not at all what I expected. The absolute best Eggplant Parm you will ever have can be purchased at Grifone, 244 East 46th Street, New York, New York, 212 490-7275. It is out of this world. I've been there with friends, co-workers and even those to don't usually order it, said it was to die for. Hope you give it a try.

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              Striver RE: Annie Rodriguez Oct 29, 2010 10:43 AM

              Mike's is a very busy deli with some tables in the Arthur Ave Market, not really a restaurant. We ordered two large trays of the eggplant parm for a recent party, and it all vanished in about 5 minutes. No one was disappointed, except that it was all gone.

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              fazziole RE: hopegoode Nov 15, 2010 03:01 PM

              sistina - 81st/2nd. i've never had it here (though i've eaten here a bunch, and it's great), but i have a number of friends who all say it's the best eggplant parm they've ever had. i wouldn't be surprised that it's outstanding as the rest of their food is as well...

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