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Looking for UES Latin and BBQ suggestions

varsitysg Jul 19, 2008 11:02 AM

Hi folks,
I'm looking for some moderately priced suggestions for the Upper East Side for tonight. Considering either Latin or Barbecue for two. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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  1. MMRuth RE: varsitysg Jul 19, 2008 01:33 PM

    For Latin - are you including Mexican? And, how moderate?

    1. MMRuth RE: varsitysg Jul 19, 2008 01:53 PM

      Sorry - meant to add - I really like Itzocan Bistro for an interesting twist on Mexican, you can bring your own wine. Not great A/C when I was there last summer though. There's El Paso Taqueria on 97th between Park and Madison, also Pio Pio on 2nd Avenue and 9th I think - Peruvian roast chicken.

      A favorite of ours - Zebu Grill - Brazilian - E. 92nd just east of 2nd Avenue, but not might be moderate enough. Same with Don Pedro's, which is Latin American/Caribbean.

      I think all places have menus on menupages if you want to check pricing.

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        varsitysg RE: MMRuth Jul 19, 2008 10:28 PM

        MMRuth, Zebu Grill was a terrific choice. I hadn't been there before and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. The service was very good and the food was even better. I had the Picadinho (hope I am spelling it correctly) and my date had a shrimp dish in which the shrimp arrived at the table in a bowl with a boiling mixture of sugarcane juice and coconut milk and she really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be returning. Thanks for the suggestion.

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          MMRuth RE: varsitysg Jul 20, 2008 04:43 AM

          Oh good - we've not been for awhile now for whatever reason, but always enjoy the food and the people who work there are very nice.

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        City Kid RE: varsitysg Jul 19, 2008 02:07 PM

        It's really upper, upper East Side, but Fonda Boriqua on 116 between Lex. and Third has great Puerto Rican home cooking.

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          City Kid RE: City Kid Jul 20, 2008 06:59 AM

          Oops, meant 106th St.

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            Taylor.Watson RE: City Kid Jul 20, 2008 05:06 PM

            I second La Fonda Boricua. A great restaurant and very moderately priced. Love that place.

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            varsitysg RE: varsitysg Jul 19, 2008 03:45 PM

            Thanks for the responses folks. MMRuth, I wasn't really thinking Mexican, however, I did settle on Zebu Grill. Haven't eaten Brazilian in a while and Zebu Grill sounds pretty good.

            1. thew RE: varsitysg Jul 20, 2008 05:42 AM

              i know it is too late for the OP
              but Maya is good modern mex and buzina pop is delicious brazillian

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                City Kid RE: thew Jul 20, 2008 06:38 AM

                Agree re. Buzina Pop -- really good food and exceptional (potent) Brazilian cocktails. A slightly Euro-trashy crowd, but nothing that detracts from the overall very enjoyable dining experience.

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                  varsitysg RE: City Kid Jul 20, 2008 10:37 AM

                  Thank for the tips thew and City Kid. Will keep them in mind for the future.

              2. diablofoodie RE: varsitysg Jul 20, 2008 11:49 AM

                Argentinian bbq at Ranchos Empanadas is excellent. And they just expanded. Chorizo, sweetbread, short ribs and skirt steak for 2 for about $45 with a side I think. And it also comes with blood sausages. Cash and Amex only, annoyingly. 1st and 90th I think. Cooking temperatures are on the American scale.

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                  MMRuth RE: diablofoodie Jul 20, 2008 11:49 AM

                  Thanks - I've not heard of them ...

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                    esyle RE: diablofoodie Jul 21, 2008 06:27 AM

                    Do you mean Guachas? Next to Pio Pio?

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                      diablofoodie RE: esyle Jul 21, 2008 06:27 PM

                      Sorry, too much drinking in the early afternoon. And I was just there last night. Gauchas Empanadas.

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                    Michael Ambrosio RE: varsitysg Jul 22, 2008 09:24 AM

                    I'm a little late to the thread, but Don Pedro's on 96th & 2nd is great.

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                      merritt RE: varsitysg Jul 24, 2008 07:37 AM

                      dinosaur bbq is the best

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                        thew RE: merritt Jul 24, 2008 01:54 PM

                        yes, dinosaur rocks hard - but is not on UES

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