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Any restaurant rec's near 105th & Broadway?

Hi all. I am going to Smoke Jazz Club this Friday (Between 105th and 106th on Broadway). Does anyone know of anything within 15 blocks that would be nice? I would like to stick to a fairly reasonable price (entrees ~20 bucks or less). I am going with someone who doesn't eat red meat/fowl. He is keen for anything vegetarian or a restaurant that has at least 1 good fish dish. Thanks.

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  1. Alouette, B'way and 98th, is an excellent French bistro. If you are going early they have a 3-course prix-fixe for $25, but even the a la carte is quite reasonable, main courses averaging $20.

    1. I like Indus Valley - B'way around 98th. Upscale Indian, prices right around the $20 mark. Very good.
      Also hear great things about Thai Market on Amsterdam and 107. Been written up in NY Times, NY Mag, etc as being one of the best in Manhattan.

      1. You might consider Henry's, on the same block.

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          1. I haven't been there in about 3 years, but the Metro Diner (100th/Broadway) used to have my favorite cheesecake in the city, which they said they made in house.

            A great meal for me used to be Hunan Balcony (98th/Broadway) for chinese (delicious fried seafood wontons and shrimp spring rolls), followed by cheesecake from Metro Diner. Another choice that isn't too far away used to be Saigon Grill, 90th/Broadway. Not sure how good these two are nowadays though.

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            1. re: racer x

              Pisticci is very good, its a little up there though at around 121 and Broadway. Thai Market is excellent. I am not a fan of Indus Valley.

              1. re: chadradchad

                I do not like Indus Valley very well, either. It's fairly authentic, but the food is not very well made, IMO.

                Hunan Valley serves very Americanized Chinese food (which one may legitimately like, but just so you know).

                Chadradchad, would you tell me about Pisticci? I keep walking by it, but haven't tried, yet.

                1. re: chadradchad

                  Oooh. Love Pisticci (it's on LaSalle). The pastas are really well made. I liked a mushroom one and one with seasonal vegetables. Reasonably priced too. I think it's cozy.

                  1. re: LNG212

                    whenever i get to know a nabe, there's always those one or two restaurants i always skip over without having tried for no good reason at all -- in huge part b/c i get into my rut with the tried and true. and somehow pisticci became one of them. i'm inspired to give it a go, now, lng. thanks for the rec!

                    1. re: cimui

                      I would also recommend Pisticci for its pasta, even if it's out of the way. Other dishes are good, but the pasta is wonderful, as is anythign with their fresh, house-made cheeses.

                      Also worth considering is Community Food & Juice on b'way at 112th. Some of their entrees are more expensive, but I love their rice bowls, and their burger is also solid (if a bit pricey). http://www.communityrestaurant.com.