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Upper West Side (Lower) Refined Place For Date

StevenInBrooklyn Feb 1, 2009 09:27 PM

Greetings. I am looking for a some place, not too far up on the Upper West Side (for Jews in Idaho, that would be Manhattan...) for a date tomorrow night. I suspect there aren't may options; but refined+casual is my hope; the more of a downtown feel the better....THANKS.

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    DeisCane Feb 3, 2009 07:56 AM

    Clubhouse Cafe.

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      cheesecake17 Feb 3, 2009 07:16 AM

      I've been to Abigael's a few times for lunch and it was actually pretty good. I've only gotten the salads and sushi. But I've heard that the entrees aren't great.

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        StevenInBrooklyn Feb 2, 2009 07:25 PM

        Well, for what it's worth, we went to Abigails. I think I can cook better. Much better.

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          LoveKosherEats Feb 2, 2009 08:15 PM

          Abigails is pretty blah.

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            StevenInBrooklyn Feb 2, 2009 08:48 PM

            Lo tov.

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              StevenInBrooklyn Feb 2, 2009 09:08 PM

              <i>Pretty</> blah? <i>Pretty</i> How do you say <i>worst nightmare</i> in Evrit?

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                craigcep Feb 3, 2009 04:47 AM

                the food or the girl?

                I'm sorry, that's probably not nice.

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                  StevenInBrooklyn Feb 3, 2009 05:52 AM

                  The girl, aka woman, is great.

                  I have been becoming more observant; culinary clueless amongst observant Jews doesn't help my trip; I refuse to believe I've partaken of forbidden fruit (e.g., non-kosher steak), and cannot be happy on the other side...sigh.

                  1. re: StevenInBrooklyn
                    tomby Feb 3, 2009 06:10 AM

                    I think the closest you'll get to treif steak is probably at Le Marais. And i've been there.

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                      berel Feb 3, 2009 06:11 AM

                      you might want to rephrase that, lol

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                        vallevin Feb 3, 2009 06:46 AM

                        Le Marais is a very safe choice, reliable good cuts of meat.

                      2. re: StevenInBrooklyn
                        UWSFoodie Feb 3, 2009 02:35 PM

                        My husband and I have both been in your shoes! We know what its like. We have found kosher dining in NYC to be disappointing. Mike's Bistro and Prime Grill are just about the only places we feel comfortable taking our non-religious-foodie relatives. and they hate kosher dining, except those two places. Unfortunately we have not found a casual restaurant that we approve of...yet.
                        Good luck with everything!
                        UWS Foodie and Co.

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                mcfish Feb 2, 2009 05:06 AM

                If you have to stay in the UWS, I would recommend Darna on Columbus and about 87th. If you can head further south, Abigails (Broadway and about 47th, I think) would also be very nice, but a little pricier.

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                1. re: mcfish
                  LoveKosherEats Feb 2, 2009 05:14 AM

                  Ozu at 87th.

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