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Upper East Side Casual But Good

jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 09:50 AM

Will be eating on the Upper East Side (high 80;s) next week - not my territory - looking for casual but really good and not too noisy - prefer Italian but all suggestions more than welcome

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    epcol RE: jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 10:21 AM

    I enjoy Vespa at 2nd between 84th & 85th, especially if the weather is good enough to be out in the back garden.

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      RussianGirl RE: jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 10:24 AM

      Ottomanelli on 93rd and Lex.

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        pammi RE: jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 10:25 AM

        Centolire on East 82nd Street. We went to dinner there last wek and ate very well. It is the sister restaurant to Canaletto on East 60th. I 've never had a bad meal in either place

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          epcol RE: pammi May 4, 2009 10:45 AM

          Where exactly is Centolire? I'm not seeing any listings for it on the internet and I'm up at 82nd between 3rd and East End a lot...

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            MMRuth RE: epcol May 4, 2009 11:47 AM

            It's on Madison - but I think it's a bit north of 82nd.

        2. Deenso RE: jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 10:55 AM

          Sfoglia or Quattro Gatti come to mind for good Italian on UES.

          1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Quattro Gatti
          205 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

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            fdb RE: Deenso May 4, 2009 11:46 AM

            Reservation is a must for Sfoglia for it only has a handful of tables.

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              MMRuth RE: fdb May 4, 2009 11:47 AM

              Yes - and I have a wonderful meal there recently. Will reply with more after I run an errand.

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            RCC RE: jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 10:57 AM

            Cippola Rossa - really casual, but good Tuscan dishes. As per the last time we ate there, it was BYOB only.

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              keving RE: RCC May 4, 2009 11:08 AM

              Spigolo, 2nd at 81st....definitely need a reservation; great food!

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                Deenso RE: RCC May 4, 2009 11:56 AM

                Yes! I forgot to include Cipolla Rossa. It's a tiny and casual place, no liquor license, very good food and quite reasonably priced.

                Cipolla Rossa
                1762 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

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                  pbjluver RE: Deenso May 4, 2009 12:08 PM

                  my fav...Beyoglu
                  Turkish / Mediterranean

                  corner 81st and Third

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                    epcol RE: pbjluver May 4, 2009 12:20 PM

                    Oh me, too! I was focusing on Italian per the OP's statement, but I love Beyoglu! The vegetarian platter has a great combo of mezzes.

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                    preppie foodie RE: Deenso May 5, 2009 10:45 AM

                    hi! jumping on both the cipolla rossa and spigolo bandwagons. Cipolla is still BYOB, super cheap, and also now has one further down on 1st ave, between 60/61st, west side of the street (opposite bed, bath and beyond)--just as good. Spigolo more expensive--definitely need a rezzie or you can gamble and hope for a seat at the bar. If it doesn't work out, the wine bar at Etats Unis is just around the corner on 82nd) .

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                  joelraven RE: jumpingfrog May 4, 2009 12:47 PM

                  There's a delightful little Italian joint on 77th Street just east of 2nd Avenue, called Alloro, run by a husband and wife team who do a great job with creative takes on old favorites. Not your traditional southern or even northern Italian place, and well worth the try.

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                    preppie foodie RE: jumpingfrog May 5, 2009 10:47 AM

                    hi, forgot to add this, though not italian, cafe d'alsace is very good and is on 88th/2nd. You can generally walk in without a problem if its just two of you.


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