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May 6, 2009 01:14 PM

Upper west side restaurants

We are heading to NYC in a week and are staying at the Excellsior Hotel on W.81st street. Looking for recommendations for dinner for our first night. Not to pricy because we will be a little tired from our trip.


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  1. You have pricey right in your hotel w/ Eighty-One.

    Some options:
    Shake Shack - fantastic burgers/shakes - 77th/Columbus - can always take it out and bring it right back to your room

    Barbao - vietnamese-ish. Can always nibble in the lounge 82nd/Columbus

    Celeste - Italian - good and cheap/cramped and crowded - 83rd/Amsterdam - cash only

    Pinch/s'mac - pizza by the inch and macaroni and cheese - 83rd/Columbus

    others will chime in...

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    1. re: harrison

      i second Bar Bao...

      but my first rec is Cafe Ronda -- Argentinian tapas on Columbus betw 71/72...very reasonably priced food&wine, rustic, comfy, nice staff....the abondigas (lamb meat balls in tomato sauce) are awesome...having this lived on the UWS for 7 months now, this is only restaurant that i can truly recommend in the area...

      1. re: apples

        Kefi, delicious and low-priced Greek food on Columbus...a few blocks from your hotel.

        1. re: Will4Food

          i wouldn't recommend Kefi -- especially after a long trip when the OP is tired, as Kefi is quite loud...i find the food very mediocre too...

      2. my buddy is a fireman up in that area and just recommened isabellas. he has been there many times its nice, food very good, and not to pricy

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        1. re: luv2eatct

          Also Isabella's sister restaurant, Ocean Grill, up a couple of blocks on Columbus (directly in back of Natural History and about a block from your hotel). I particularly love their very reasonable brunches for which you can and must reserve, can't reserve for brunch at Isabella's.

        2. I had a pretty good meal recently at Vai wine bar on 77th...a lot of options-salad, cheeses, pasta, etc - and a pretty nice wine by the glass selection, too-