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May 21, 2009 11:28 AM

Dinner on Upper East Side

Don't want to go to Daniel, I keep reading awful things about David Burke Townhouse -- any suggestions for an out-of-towner?

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  1. If you're up for a really nice UES Mahattan experience and willing to to spend the $$$
    Park Avenue Summer will be great. The food is to die for the , decor is unmatched and the people watching is the best. Just wear your Chanel and look good. Check out their website!

    1. The Upper East Side covers a large geographic and gastronomic swath. Any idea roughly where you want to be and the sort of food and price range you are interested in?...BTW: Park Avenue Summer starts May 26 -- it's a lovely place, great food, and I have not found it overly formal or stuffy -- comfortable and friendly.

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      1. re: City Kid

        Price not an issue - no asian or indian

        1. re: City Kid

          Also, what about David Burke Townhouse? And is Elaines as awful as they say?

          1. re: Brentwood90049

            I'll try to find the link to a post about Elaine's. It's one of those places I've wanted to try, but it is SO expensive for the quality of the food.

            Is food the most important consideration? Do you want something "like" Daniel? Is this business, date, old friend, etc.?

        2. Aureole, Geisha, Cafe d'alsace, Cafe Boulud, 212, Etais Unis, spigolo

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          1. re: MustLoveFood

            Can you tell me more about 212? My husband always expresses interest in it, but we've not been.

            I would add Sfoglia to that list.

            1. Although I do like some of the food, Cafe d'Alsace is very loud, quite casual, and the service is almost always amateurish and clumsy.

              Consider Le Bistro D'à Côté or La Mangeoire

              Cafe d'Alsace
              1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

              La Mangeoire
              1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

              Le Bistro D'a Cote
              1590 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

            2. I second Geisha. Also, if you want amazing Italian you should try Scalinatella.

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              1. re: FoodieFemme

                Geisha is downtown though, no? Near ABC? I've heard wonderful things about Scalinatella from friends, but still haven't been.

              2. Sfoglia on Lex near 91st is delicious. Not as fancy as Daniel. But the food is really marvelous.

                1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128