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Upper East Side Casual But Good

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

    1. Ottomanelli on 93rd and Lex.

      1. 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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        1. re: pammi

          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...

          1. re: epcol

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

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

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          Sfoglia
          1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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

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          1. re: Deenso

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

            1. re: fdb

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

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

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            1. re: RCC

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

              1. re: RCC

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

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

                1. re: Deenso

                  my fav...Beyoglu
                  Turkish / Mediterranean

                  corner 81st and Third

                  1. re: pbjluver

                    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.

                  2. re: Deenso

                    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) .

                2. 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.

                  1. 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.

                    www.cafedalsace.com