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Apr 18, 2008 08:01 AM

Upper East Side -- Recommendations anyone?

We're fairly new to the area and looking for good places to eat. We've enjoyed Ithaka, Maruzzela and Pio Pio. Need some new suggestions!

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  1. Any particular part of the UES? I'm in Carnegie Hill, and some of our favorites are:

    Square Meal - v. well prepared American food, with great desserts - byob
    Zebu Grill - Brazilian
    Kurio - eclectic, excellent cocktails, well priced wine list
    El Paso Taqueria - decent pretty cheap Mexican
    Itzocan - a bit north of the UES, well priced, innovative Mexican, particularly the huitlachoche dishes
    Ichi Ro - our "cheap sushi" place
    Vermicelli - decent Vietnamese
    Ottomanelli's - pretty good hamburger and fries, v. reasonable

    Square Meal
    30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

    338 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Posted before I added the places.

      Itzocan Bistro
      1575 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

      1492 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075

      Zebu Grill
      305 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

      El Paso Taqueria
      64 E 97th St, New York, NY 10029

      Ottomanelli New York Grill
      1424 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

      1. re: MMRuth

        Thanks -- these sound great. Nice variety of cuisines! We're on 87th between 2nd and 3rd, but will go anywhere for a good meal, especially now that the weather is warm and beautiful!

        1. re: TracyGeo

          Another place - Cafe d'Alsace - has tables outside, good food, huge beer selection, on the pricier side though.

          Persepolis - Iranian.

          1407 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

          Cafe d'Alsace
          1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: MMRuth

            i used to live on 82nd/3rd - although i'm now on the UWS...welcome to the neighborhood!

            for italian, i enjoy firenze ristorante (83rd/2nd). i also second the vote for zebu grill. for pub food, my roommates and i enjoyed wicker park (83rd/3rd).

            1. re: bosox

              Thank you. Zebu and Firenze both sound great. They are going up to the top of our list. Any suggestions on what to order?

              1. re: TracyGeo

                We had a nice brunch at Cafe d'Alsace, but y'know brunch is brunch -- fairly predictable. How about their dinner menu? What do you all recommend?

                1. re: TracyGeo

                  The foie gras and bone marrow at Alsace are both excellent. I like the empanadas at Zebu, as well as the salmon dish, and my husband always gets the fejoada(sp?).

                2. re: TracyGeo

                  my parents just took me to firenze last weekend, for my birthday, and i ordered the chicken fiorentina. pieces of dark meat chicken and italian sausage sauteed in a white wine sauce, served over sauteed spinach. it was DELICIOUS. i also enjoy their veal dishes (can you tell i'm not a vegetarian?? LOL). for dessert, i highly recommend their bowl of fresh berries (usually strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) topped with fresh cream. YUM.

                  1. re: TracyGeo

                    Zebu: Picadinho! And their Creamed spinach is great too. The best! And the Musse de Coco dessert is amazing. Their service is very friendly, as are the owners. A real neighborhood spot.

            2. re: MMRuth

              @MMRuth: Please tell us more about Ichi Ro. My standby for sushi rolls is Tsuki, but I'm always on the lookout for alternatives that offer tasty,affordable options.

              1. re: NYCinephile

                I think I've been once or twice - Tsuki is better than Ichi Ro, but just a bit further from us than we usually go on a week night for a quick dinner. Ichi Ro is sort of your standard neighborhood sushi joint, but the fish is quite good - we usually start w/ a sashmi deluxe, and they do have interesting rolls, though some are a bit over the top! Basically, we can eat as much as we want, have a bottle of wine, and the bill is usually about $115 - which I know isn't cheap cheap, but we usually eat alot!

                We also really like Inase, but the bill just always ran up and we'd end up spending almost $200 for "cheap sushi" that ended up not being cheap. I'm still looking for a good place that falls inbetween Ichi Ro type places and Yasuda/Gari ones.

                I do like Ichi Ro better than Tenzan, which is up the block. We've also tried Ooki (sp?) but thought the fish in the sashimi was subpar. Rolls were pretty good though, and it's a nice room. Isohama is owned by the same people as Ichi Ro, but though it is close to us, we prefer Ichi Ro.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Have you tried Poke on E. 85 St. I thought it was quite good.

                  1. re: ellenost

                    Yes - we did go back once after they moved (maybe on your suggestion) - the new location is so much nicer! I think I posted about it but don't remember quite what I wrote - maybe that the rolls were good, but that I thought the sashimi was't great.

                    Edit - yes, I found my old post - the sashimi was warm and mushy.

              2. re: MMRuth

                Italianissimo -- Italian delivery (waiters can be annoying, always trying to "suggest" more courses...)
                Paola's -- Italian
                Totonno's -- Pizza (pies only.... fresh mozzarella...Monday - 1 pie, pitcher of beer special!)
                Gino's -- Pizza (by the slice...old school)
                Land -- Thai
                Wu Liang Ye/Shanghai Pavilion -- Chinese
                Cilantro -- Mexican
                Atomic Wings -- wingssssss
                Uptown Lounge/JG Melon -- burgers
                Wicker Park -- bar food

              3. Some good suggestions already... some more to add...

                Wu Liang Le - excellent Szechuan Chinese
                Sotto Cinque - Standard, inexpensive Italian - not amazing but good for delivery
                Nicks - Pizza
                Sala Thai - neighborhood standby
                Papaya King - the best hotdogs anywhere
                Uptown - excellent burger and brunch deal
                Yuka - for Sushi
                Ooki Sushi - newish place with creative rolls


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                1. re: Michael Ambrosio

                  Wu Liang Le-CLOSED!!! couple weeks ago fyi

                2. I also like Cafe d'Alsace. Very good sushi at Poke on E. 85 St. between 1st & 2nd (cash only). Good hearty fare at Heidelberg on Second Ave. between 85th & 86th St. Decent Chinese food at Noodles on 28 (across from Heidelberg).

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                  1. re: ellenost

                    Have you been to Heidelberg lately? We were so disappointed the last time we went, and so didn't go this winter again - but it's one of those places I always want to like! I'll have to try that Chinese place - thanks for that!

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      Yes, I was at Heidelberg two months ago. To be honest, I didn't go in expecting much, and I was very pleased. I live around the corner, and since my sister loves this kind of food, we were both very happy with the food. Service was fine too. Noodles on 28 is okay (nothing too special), but since it was in my old neighborhood when I lived on 33rd Street, it was nice to find a "familiar face" when I moved uptown.

                      1. re: ellenost

                        Thanks! I think what I've posted before is that would be good next time we crave wurst and beer, but I was disappointed with my beef consume and schnitzel, if I recall correctly.

                        1. re: MMRuth

                          We had great potato pancakes and a schnitzel in cream sauce. Very yummy and fattening. I was glad I had to walk only a block to get home.

                  2. Has anyone else tried Maruzzela Ristorante (1st Avenue between 77th and 78th)? We loved it. We had a bottle of wine and appetizers -- beef carpaccio, grilled calamari over mesclun greens, rollatine of eggplant with goat cheese, and a wonderful string bean, potato, tomato, red onion salad. Everything was delicious. Very satisfying and not expensive. Can't wait to go back! I'm curious about the rest of the menu.

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                    1. re: TracyGeo

                      Oops, I think the correct spelling is Maruzzella.

                    2. York Grill over on York between 89 and 88 has good food and a nice ambiance. If you're interested in wine check out Sharz on 86 between 1st and York.

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                      1. re: Gelaine

                        York Grill looks very good. Thanks for the suggestion.

                        1. re: Gelaine

                          Sharz looks good too -- thank you!

                          1. re: TracyGeo

                            There's a new modern Italian place called Brio which I thought was above average for the nabe. (around 89th and 2nd)