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Dec 12, 2008 05:06 AM

Dinner tonight, above 100th on the East Side

I was wondering if anyone knew of a non latino restaurant in that area that isn't too pricey where two old friends can sit and catch up without being rushed and with nice ambiance good food and just as importantly good drink

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  1. Does "nouveau" Mexican count as Latino - Bistro Itzocan is wonderful - cash only - Mexican ingredients such as huitlacoche, French techniques. You can see their menu on They may only be beer and wine though.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Oh - I've heard good things about Giovanna's, but haven't been:

      1. re: MMRuth

        I've been to Bistro Itzocan and it is wonderful food but the last couple of times I've been there it has smelled of cat urine which kinds of ruins it.

        1. re: danie3633

          Oh dear - that isn't good. I've not been since last summer, I think.

        2. re: MMRuth

          I like Giovanna's. While I have only had the pizza and salad, they have some traditional Italian specialties and all is very reasonably priced. Nice neighborhood place, but an actual restaurant rather than a pizza place. Homey surroundings and friendly service.

          1. re: City Kid

            I know I am probably making this too hard and seeming too picky but just knowing her, she's not going to want to go out for pizza and the reviews on menupages for the other "american" style italian were not good
            any other ideas? appreciate the help really!

            1. re: danie3633

              And no chance of heading any further south?

              1. re: MMRuth

                maybe a little? she works on 116th so you know not that much farther. but if you know of something great share!

                1. re: danie3633

                  I'm down at 92nd & Madison - so that may be too far. And, unfortunately, my favorite place, Square Meal, can't serve alcohol until their liquor license comes through. Table d'Hote was another place I was thinking of. There's a pub up on Madison called Hanrattys (??) that has gotten some decent reviews, but I've not been.

      2. piatti d' oro, italian 109 st just west of 1 st ave

        1. The Magic Table, on 101 between Lex and Park I think. It's a great little neighborhood place owned by a German and a Danish woman. I don't know if they have alcohol, but I love it!

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          1. re: ae.bell

            Magic table cafe is amazing. You guys should try it! very cheap and I mean cheap

          2. I second Itzocan. I have been there many times in the last few months. Never noticed any strange smells. And the food is the best. Great Sangria