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Apr 3, 2008 12:27 PM

the NEW UWS dining scene???

I have been living on the UWS for 4 years and I am in the industry and just recently I feel like the restaurant scene has exploded up here!!! anyway, I have not had a chance to get to any of these new places and was wondering on any feedback from anyone who has? madeleine mae, dovetail, 81, blossom etc. etc. (and of course any I did not mention) im kind of excited to not have to leave my hood for good food!

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  1. I'm not sure if we're ready to actually classify it as a scene - just some improvement.

    i would remove madeleine mae - i've heard awful reports and bruni just confirmed on his blog.

    for something casual, add pinch/s'mac. and of course, shake shack is coming soon!

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    1. re: harrison

      Don't forget the pioneer Ouest, probably the best on the Upper Westside!

    2. Dovetail is terrific -- the sunday supper is a nice deal. They basically take out the fanciest ingredients (e.g. no truffle in the celery root quenelle that comes with the duck), but reduce the prices significantly. 81 is even a bit more expensive and formal, but is pretty good, with a lot of service (pours at the table, etc.). I agree with Hondo, Ouest is probably still the most satisfying place in the area. So, in conclusion: check out Ouest and Dovetail, and 81 if budget permits.

      Oh, and I would add Grandaisy Bakery to the general list of food improvements.

      1. I echo the Dovetail recommendation--went for Sunday supper a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. You have a wide range of choices (can pay a bit more for some of the more $$ main courses/apps). Have only sat in the comfy bar area at 81--they have absolutely fantastic crispy cheesy breadsticks to munch on for free while you enjoy a cocktail.

        1. I loved both of my meals at Cafe Frida and Dovetail...your hood's turning out some winners!!

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            Because I am not an experimental diner I find myself returning to Ouest and Compass more often in my neighborhood.
            Eighty-One and Dovetail sound wonderful for those with more ambitious palates.

          2. If you do a search on this board, you will find many posts describing Dovetail and 81 in detail. Opinions on Dovetail are mostly very favorable with a few exceptions, and those on 81 tend to be less so. I am a big fan of Dovetail but feel that 81 is overpriced and needs work and I am not rushing back until I hear of improvement.