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rocknroll52 Oct 8, 2008 04:49 AM

family of four (two teens) from out of town seeking restaurant recs walking distance to 69th and Amsterdam. Looking for moderately priced place with good food where we do not have to dress up. Pomodoro on 70th and Columbus has been a favorite when we visit, but would like to try something else. Any advice appreciated!

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    msny98 Oct 8, 2008 05:35 AM

    Italian - there is a place whose name escapes me, on 71st just east of Columbus on the north side of the street with a nice garden out back... beats Pomodoro for Italian

    Sushi - Tenzan Columbus/ 73rd

    Bistro - Nice Matin - Amsterdam and 79th

    Something nicer - Compass 70th Amsterdam- West End

    There are a ton more

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      RGR Oct 8, 2008 08:42 AM

      We have always liked Compass, but I'm sad to say the last time we had dinner there, the food was very disappointing. That was just before they closed briefly, refurbished the interior, and changed to what is now a fish/seafood-oriented menu. Still, we won't be rushing back.

    2. JoanN Oct 8, 2008 05:35 AM

      Cafe La Fenice, on Broadway between 68th and 69th, is practically on your doorstep.

      http://menupages.com/restaurantdetail...

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        rrems Oct 8, 2008 07:24 AM

        My choice would be Nice Matin. Casual atmosphere and great food.

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          mch Oct 8, 2008 08:16 AM

          As suggested by others nice matin is a good option. i like la vela on 77th & columbus for italian.

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            bosox Oct 8, 2008 08:24 AM

            if you're willing to take a 15 minute walk, and enjoy mexican food, i'd recommend gabriela's on 93rd/columbus. delicious food, great margaritas. if the weather is nice, sit outside and do some people-watching...

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            snaporaz Oct 8, 2008 08:58 AM

            You could also try Kefi on 79th b/w Amsterdam and Broadway. Closer to you I would also recommend Epices du Traiteur at 70th b/w Amsterdam and Broadway for reasonably good North African / Mediterranean. And I haven't been, but I've read good things here on CH about La Boite en Bois (68th b/w Columbus and CPW).

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              rocknroll52 Oct 8, 2008 10:54 AM

              Thank you for all the great suggestions. Would we need to dress up for Compass or could we arrive in jeans?

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                msny98 Oct 8, 2008 11:04 AM

                jeans and a nice shirt and shoes OK

                Jeans, T's and sneaks... not so good

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                  rocknroll52 Oct 8, 2008 12:41 PM

                  msny98: would the Italian place you are thinking of be Bello Giardino?

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              rocknroll52 Oct 12, 2008 06:52 PM

              Thanks again for all your recs. We went to Compass and were very pleased. It was a little more upscale than we originally intended but worth it. The dining room is elegant and quiet, the service very attentive, and we liked that there was plenty of space and we were not on top of other diners. This would be a good place to bring a larger group and I noticed a nice private room. The food was excellent.. For entrees we had the trout salad, crispy skate wing, scallops and monkfish. Teen daughter liked the scallops but not the minted couscous that came with it. The crisply skate wing with lentils disappeared entirely off the other daughters plate. Husband's smoked trout salad, delicious. Monkfish in bacon served with tiny brussels sprouts, very tasty. The preparations at Compass are elaborate so this is not a place for people who like simply prepared fish, although I noted that a grilled branzino was offered on the menu. For desserts husband and I shared the cheese plate (the camberbert was amazing!), daughters had the pistachio parfait and chocolate tasting. Nice extras include an amuse bouche to start the meal, petit fours after the meal, and a breakfast muffin for each person to take home. Dinner for four including bottle of wine and 3 courses, tax and tip, was $260.

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