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Dinner with friends on upper west side

Lizbet Jun 9, 2009 06:28 AM

Two friends and I used to have dinner together occasionally at the City Grill (Columbus, nr. 72 St.), but lately their menu has shrunk considerably and the food is not quite what is used to be. We're looking for a replacement: not expensive (i.e. about $20. p.p.), decent American food or ethnic is fine (if not too spicy). One of us is a vegetarian, so veggie-friendly. We want a place where we can sit and talk, and not feel rushed. And in the same general area.
Any suggestions? Thank you!

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    haa Jun 9, 2009 07:45 AM

    West Branch on Bway/77th or Kefi (greek food).

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    1. re: haa
      fourstar Jun 9, 2009 07:50 AM

      Highly second Kefi - there are lots of options for vegetarians, and the vibe is very fun. I always over-order as so many things appeal. Ask for wine recs if not familiar with Greek wines - never been disappointed. Wish there was a place like this in SF!

      1. re: haa
        kelea Jun 9, 2009 09:19 AM

        Definitely Kefi. Not sure there is a lot ofveggie options at West Branch. I was just there and didn't see a good variety there.

      2. JungMann Jun 9, 2009 08:02 AM

        Earthen Oven isn't terribly spicy to my palate, but if you want to play it safe, Café Ronda is my favorite casual spot in the immediate vicinity. Kefi, otherwise, is a great choice.

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          mch Jun 9, 2009 08:04 AM

          la vela is good for italian.

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            Simon Jun 9, 2009 08:29 AM

            i love Cafe Ronda...i dislike Kefi

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              rkaene Jun 9, 2009 12:47 PM

              Kefi is my favorite!!! Bistro Cassis -
              (212) 579-3966 - 225 Columbus Ave, is also great( fish is awesome)

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              1. re: rkaene
                RichardW Jun 10, 2009 05:17 PM

                Kefi was great at the old location. Went to new place once and am not going back.
                Maybe it was just a bad day but....

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