UWS budget dinner (early bird OK)
Friends on a budget are coming into town this afternoon. Any suggestions?
Ouest has a relatively cheap Prix Fixe before 630 I think. $33 for three courses. Not rushed when I've done it, and very good food.
Celeste and Gennaro's are both good italian, and won't be too busy earlier in the night. Cash only. At Celeste get the pizzas and cheese plates, and at Gennaro's the fresh pastas are really good.
La Rural up on 98th (?)and Amsterdam is also good for meet and Argentinian, cheap and have a great outside garden to eat in.
Greek, there's always Kefi on 72nd, good food, but gets crowded.
Chinese, not recommended on the UWS.
Not Italian, but Pio Pio is a wonderful place for Peruvian roast chicken. The UWS ambiance is good, especially at the price point.
Saigon Grill on Amstdm & 91 is excellent and affordable, nice matn also has an early bird special and nice outside seating, and if you want decent pub food and a great atmosphere..try The Parlour (irish bar & restaurant), on 86th and Bway