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lildiss73 May 31, 2009 12:31 PM

Hey everyone!
So i have been now living on the UWS for about a month. I have yet to find a good chinese food restaurant and a good corner deli sandwich shop...

Any recommendations??

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    kathryn RE: lildiss73 May 31, 2009 01:33 PM

    lildiss73, I think a lot of Hounds on the UWS have the same "good Chinese" problem, here is some past discussion:

    I also found the neighborhood to be slim pickings for good Chinese food when I lived there a few years ago. Good luck!

    1. rteplow RE: lildiss73 May 31, 2009 06:44 PM

      I had a decent meal at Pearl on Amsterdam & 99th, though it was a couple of years ago. They're still there. I don't know if that is within your delivery area.

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        kelea RE: rteplow Jun 1, 2009 09:28 AM

        i gree with pearl. it is one of the better chinese places but just remember there is NO good chinese place in UWS. so this is like the lesser of 2 evils.

        i love columbus gourmet food for around the deli food

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        cimui RE: lildiss73 May 31, 2009 09:08 PM

        decent corner deli shops (not necessarily on a corner or strictly delis) include:

        1) zabar's cafe (on a corner! good panini sandwichs, smoothies, latkes and lox / bagel / schmear);

        2) bruno ravioli -- really excellent for sandwiches and cannoli;

        3) shake shack for burgers (a type of sandwich, right?); and

        4) hummus place for falafel / hummus pita pockets.

        i'm honestly not too fond of any chinese places on the uws. the least horrid i know of is china fun -- but only because it serves soy bean milk and crullers on weekends. they've really gone downhill in the past year or so.

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          UWStoSONO RE: lildiss73 Jun 1, 2009 04:01 AM

          Soup Stop is a great place for wraps, salads, and of course, soup. 85th and Columbus.

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            smartpalate77 RE: lildiss73 Jun 1, 2009 12:18 PM

            Hunan Balcony on Broadway at 98th is pretty good. Better eat-in than take-out in my experience. Good sauteed dishes and soups, and I love their green tea ice cream.

            Charm Thai - Amsterdam between 95th and 96th. Acqua - Amsterdam at corner of 95th - for Italian is also good.

            Deli/sandwiches: Zabar's, Le pain Quotidien (Columbus in the 70s/80s and on Broadway near 92nd).

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              Pan RE: smartpalate77 Jun 1, 2009 04:56 PM

              I have to disagree. Hunan Balcony hasn't been pretty good in about 30 years. Charm Thai is very inconsistent and a little pricey, because of its location. I've found the food at Acqua pretty good, generally, but service is very inconsistent (waitstaff forgetting things, not coming by for long periods of time, not refilling water) and they seldom actually have the panna cotta that's on their menu and by far the best dessert they (occasionally) serve. It's an OK place to go to if you're in the area but probably not worth a trip if you're more than a few blocks away.

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              UWSEater RE: lildiss73 Jun 2, 2009 07:25 AM

              There is just no good consistent Chinese food on the UWS. Someplace might be decent one time, and horrible the next time. We rotate where we order from, and it is always a crapshoot. The only consistent place we had found 88 Noodle House closed down a few years ago.nomebn
              As for Deli type places, there are a few choices. The Kosher Marketplace has decent sandwiches, but they do offer a two for one deal that is fantastic on Tuesdays (I think). There is always Lenny's which makes decent Hero's/Subs/ whatever nomenclature you wish. The deli counter inside Barzini's (91st and Broadway) makes some decent sandwiches. Also Murray's down the block from them makes pretty good sandwiches.

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                Simon RE: lildiss73 Jun 2, 2009 01:59 PM

                As others have said: you are out of luck...i lived on the UWS for six months, and moved away recently, in part because of the infuriating lack of good restaurants...

                Until something new opens, finding good Chinese food on the UWS is out of the question...(though when very very desperate i ordered the kung pao chicken from China Fun delivered and gave them explicit instructions to make it ultra-spicy and not sweet, and it was at least ok)...

                The only restaurant which i will miss on the UWS is Cafe Ronda: a consistently yummy Argentine tapas place on Columbus/71st...

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                  sailingsa RE: Simon Apr 4, 2010 12:59 AM

                  I have lived here on uws for 30 plus years..there was the Moon Palace that closed in the 90's on west 112th Street...I just go to Chinatown or Flushing...the rents and low profit margins have driven restaurants out of uws...

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