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Dinner and drinks in UWS

bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 06:47 AM

I need some help...I am going to a show at the Beacon theater this Friday and I would love a recommendation for a cool place to get dinner and drinks afterwards...The show is at 8 so a place that is open late is a must..Any type of cuisine.. I love everything.. mainly looking for good ambiance and great food...This is what I don't want - snotty or super expensive, college-fratty-shitty fried food...My price range is probably 40-60pp.


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  1. Ora RE: bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 07:02 AM

    Hmmm, UWS mid-week isn't a late dining part of town. Check bar/kitchen closing times for the following places: Compass, Ouest, Dovetail. For a lounge for drinks try Shalel, which will be open late.

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      JoanN RE: Ora Feb 13, 2008 07:25 AM

      Shalel Lounge is great for drinks--and you can easily make a meal of the Moroccan appetizers if you choose to go that route.

      Shalel Lounge
      65 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

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      fein RE: bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 07:21 AM

      i would do a search of the uws as there have been recent posts on the neighborhood. citrus might have a decent late night vibe. you could travel down a little towards lincoln center to check out pj clarke's.

      1. JungMann RE: bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 07:25 AM

        Try Nice Matin, Cafe Ronda, Bin 71or Wine and Roses. There aren't too many other options for late night dining other than the fried-food, diner type.

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          Will4Food RE: JungMann Feb 13, 2008 07:57 AM

          Calle Ocho, hands down...great drinks, creative Latin cuisine, lively atmosphere.

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            macncheesy RE: Will4Food Feb 13, 2008 08:03 AM

            I second Calle Ocho - it's the first place that came to mind when reading this post.

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              idia RE: macncheesy Feb 13, 2008 08:06 AM

              Ouest is where I will be myself on Friday night before the opera.
              With all the positive recommendations on this board, that is the place I am looking forward to dining.
              (maybe I'll see you there???) LOL

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          Willow Stelzer RE: bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 08:20 AM

          I really like Kefi, but not sure if it's open late enough for you.. it closes at 11pm. I posted the zagat review below.. fyi, I find it more intimate than cramped.

          Food Decor Service Cost
          23 16 17 $36
          Key to Ratings
          Formerly Onera, this “lively” UWS nook from Michael Psilakis scores well for “delicious, inventive” Greek food and wines at “value” prices; less popular are its “cramped” digs, “long waits”, “rushed service”, “no-rez” and “cash-only” policies, but the fact that most “keep coming back” speaks volumes.

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            harrison RE: bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 11:48 AM

            citrus is probably best bet if you want to be close...not sure what your definition of cool is, but food is decent and drinks are plentiful.

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              Almondine RE: bethanyj Feb 13, 2008 01:43 PM

              'Cesca is very convenient (on 75th, just east of Amsterdam) and is open late on Friday night.

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                harrison RE: Almondine Feb 14, 2008 05:24 AM

                If they're eating a full meal and drinking, 'cesca is going to be well over OP's budget of $40-60 pp

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