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Looking for restaurant suggestions between west 96th and west 110th. I posted yesterday asking about the new-ish Indian place, Aangan, on West 103rd, but haven't received any responses. Curious what people think are best restaurants in this area. Thanks.

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  1. Alouette is very good. I also enjoy Mama Mexico once in a while. I used to live in the area, and these are the only ones I return for.

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    1. re: rrems

      I used to go to Alouette all the time and always had a lovely time. They are doing a Father's Day brunch Sunday, by the by.

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      Alouette
      2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

    2. Bumping for more recs around W96 - thinking of Metisse in addition to Alouette though have not been to either in a couple of years. Also any suggestions for Indian or Italian in that area? Thanks.

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      Alouette
      2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Metisse
      239 W 105th Street, New York, NY 10025

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      1. re: fm1963

        I'm always happy with Gennaro -- 93rd, so just outside the requested range.

        1. re: fm1963

          metisse recently closed.

        2. i second gennaro, and would suggest indus valley for indian. this particular stretch of manhattan doesn't offer alot of great options. if you are looking for really good food over a "restaurant" experience, i'd recommend taqueria y fonda mexicana on 108 and amsterdam

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          1. re: NYCbuckeye

            Taqueria y Fonda Mexicana makes some of my favorite tortas. Sookk isn't bad for Thai, at least what I've had from their menu.

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            Sookk
            2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

            1. re: NYCbuckeye

              I've given this restaurant several chances and find it to be highly overrated. The palak paneer has the consistency of baby food, and the buffet lunch was uninspired and not kept hot. For an Indian buffet, try Sapphire near Lincoln Center.

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              Indus Valley
              2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

            2. Evert tried Indus Valley for Indian? Went there for my high school graduation lunch and did not regret it. Great service, great food.

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              Indus Valley
              2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

              1. I don't know what kind of restaurant -- fancy, cheap, etc. -- you are looking for ... that said, here are some that DH and I like:
                --Malecon (Amsterdam & 97th) dominican chicken (DH prefers it to the peruvian chicken at Pio Pio on Amst. & 95th)
                --Cafe Frida (Amsterdam & 97th) decent Mexican food, nice back garden
                --Hummus Place (Bway & 98 or 99) love their warm, fresh pita; I like the hummus with the fava beans
                --Lime Leaf (Bway & 108th) but it's been a little while since I've been there
                --Noche Mexicana (we've only done delivery; Amsterdam & 101st) good food, not so great delivery service (but obviously the food was worth it since we go back!)
                --Rack & Soul (109th off Bway) good southern/bbq type food. They have a really good red velvet cake too

                Slightly out of your stated street grid (but worth it):
                --best wine bar is Buceo (95th between Amst. & Bway) moderately priced wine in lovely setting with good but a bit expensive food.
                --best Ethiopian in Manhattan at Zoma (FredDoughlas & 113th) excellent food; I esp. like the veg platter
                --Charm Thai (95th & Amsterdam) good food. NB: I have no idea about "authenticity". I like spicy and Charm usually does it for me.

                I'll second the recs for:
                --Indus Valley (probably the best for Indian in this nabe)
                --Gennaro (good Italian) and they just expanded their space with a very nice bar area now

                Hope you find what you are looking for.

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                Zoma
                2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                1. I'm rather fond of Thai Market on Amsterdam between, I think, 107th and 108th. It's not a great dining experience, but the food is pretty reliable aside from some mushy dumplings and soggy rolls.

                  There's also a Wondee Siam branch across the street that is not as good as its downtown siblings but not an embarrassment to them either.

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                  Thai Market
                  960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                  Wondee Siam
                  792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                  1. re: missp

                    What is the area between 97th and 104th Amsterdam to Central Park W called. I see on a map there are some buildings there but it kind of looks like an extension of Central Park. There are some buildings there but they are spread out. Snooky's Custom Cakes has a location there. Are they good. Thanks.

                    1. re: Littleman

                      The area is now known as Manhattan Valley.

                      1. re: Upperwestsider

                        "Manhattan Valley"? Puh-leeez! No real-estate-agent-speak here, thank you very much.
                        I second Alouette, and the capacious place across from Smoke, on the east side of B'way, around 105th.

                        1. re: Phil Ogelos

                          "Manhattan Valley", which is basically the area around the little known Manhattan Ave. (between Columbus and CPW), runs from 100th to 110th. The area was originally known as "Bloomingdale" (for the Insane Asylum, not the store), and may have started its name change act back when Manhattan Ave was constructed in the 1870's. It's as real a city name as Morningside Heights or Inwood, and if it was a real estate agent's invention, more than 100 years have gone by since then.

                          Ate recently at Aangan, and enjoyed it. Good - not great - Indian cuisine, pleasant setting. Malecon is a good deal, Buceo 95 has excellent tapas and large wine servings at a higher price point

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                          Buceo 95
                          201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

                          Aangan
                          2701 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                    2. re: missp

                      sura thai is probably the best restaurant in the area in terms of both taste and cost.

                      go there. you won't regret. the aesthetics are very pleasant, too.

                      1. re: missp

                        I'll second the Thai Market recs. Ambiance is eh, but the food is consistently good. (I haven't had the mushrooms or the rolls.)

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                        Thai Market
                        960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                      2. This area is kind of "in the land of the blind, the one eye is king"; nonetheless, here are two additional possibilities you may want to consider: Bistro ten 18 (hun 10 and Adam, www.bistroten18.com). If you check the reviews you would not think that the reviewers were referring to the same place; you might to get on their wine tasting list--both the owner and his wife are very knowlegeable in that area. If you allow fudging on your geographical instructions, you might want to add the venerable V & T pizza (hun 12 and Adam); it's pizza, but a good one.

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                        1. re: Upperwestsider

                          I'm a CU alumnus so I've spent more time around this area than I want to. V&T Pizza is wildly popular among CU students (something of a tradition, it's been around forever) but I don't think their pizza or food is any good. I also don't like Bistro Ten 18.

                          I agree with most places LNG recommended:
                          Malecon (for Dominican chicken, rice and beans, plantains, everything dirt cheap)
                          Noche Mexicana (actually prefer this place to Taqueria Y Fonda, though TYF has great tortas)
                          Rack & Soul (actually their red velvet is from Make My Cake on 116th, I prefer banana pudding)
                          Zoma (best Ethiopian food in Manhattan as far as I'm concerned.)

                          Wondee Siam for Thai, I thought Thai Market was awful when we had a delivery but have read many positive reviews since so I may try again. Charm Thai is on my to-try list.

                          Turquaz is a decent Turkish restaurant.

                          If you're willing to expand your area a little bit, Community Food & Kitchen is on Bway (between 112th & 113th) and serve pretty good food. Same delicious blueberry pancakes from Clinton Baking Co.

                        2. I've had some wonderful meals at Picnic Cafe.

                          1. Not quite in your requested area, but very close - Lisca has always been good for casual Italian (though it's on 92nd). I'm also a fan of Buceo 95 for wine and tapas (it's on 95th).

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                            Lisca
                            660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                            Buceo 95
                            201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

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                            1. re: cuizhine

                              Just tried LIsca last night - this place is fantastic. Had a very good squid ink pasta special with mussels, shrimp, and tomatoes as well as a red wine risotto and fantastic lasagna. Prices are reasonable (pastas from $12-16).

                            2. some good suggestions here. some of my faves:

                              Sookk - Thai on 103rd
                              Indus Valley - Indian on 100th and Broad
                              Gennero - 93rd (slightly outside range, but very good Italian)
                              Rack and Soul - 109th

                              I've been to each of those multiple times, find them to be very good for price range/etc, and would return.

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                              Indus Valley
                              2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                              Sookk
                              2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                              1. If you are looking for something quick, Sal and Carmine's has one of the best (if not THE best) slices of pizza you will find anywhere in manhattan. It's on broadway between 101 and 102. Not much to look at but the 2 old crusty italian guys behind the counter are fun to watch. My wife and I also enjoyed Awash for Ethiopian when we lived in that area. About 106 and Amsterdam. Good food, filling, and very reasonable. Just a couple spots I didn't see mentioned in other posts.

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                                1. re: OliversDad

                                  Ditto for the Sal & Carmine's rec. Unfortuneately, one of the "2 crusty italian guys" died (earlier this year I think).

                                  Awash is okay. But Zoma is just sooo much better and not that much farther away (Frederick Douglas & 113th).

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                                  Zoma
                                  2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                  Sal & Carmine's
                                  2671 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                2. I just finished two cardboard pizza slices from Sal and Carmines. I'm afraid when Sal died and the nephew took over they changed the formula. The crust is so tough I couldn't even eat it. They cut back on the cheese, which was the prime reason that their pizza was outstanding. And I just came from Chicago where I had deep dish pizza that was exceptional. I'm in mourning for the old Sal and Carmine's. I'm looking for a new source.