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Mar 4, 2010 12:51 PM

UES Take Out Rec? plus breakfast places, plus food shopping.

Looking for good and fairly reasonable take out in the E. 84th and Lex area. Any ethnicity. ALSO, any good breakfast spots would be greatly appreciated. AND, if I'm not being too pushy, any great food shopping that I shouldn't miss - butchers, produce, cheese, etc.?

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  1. a fav of mine is BEYOGLU
    81st and Third
    delicious Turkish Mediterranean
    takeout available

    As much as I like Eli's (80th and Third)
    their prices are astronomical.

    Do like I at Fairway (Broadway), then bus it crosstown - 79th St.

    If the rumors are true, Fairway is coming to 86th St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.
    where Barnes & Noble/Circuit City used to be.

    1. Don't miss the wonderful market Agata & Valentina on 79th & 1st. Excellent butcher, cheese, fish produce, and many reasonably priced gourmet items, prepared foods, house branded olive oil, bread, fresh pasta, etc etc

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        1. re: babbabooey

          Zabar's is on the west side. The OP is asking for upper east side spots.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            was referring to eli zabar's actually, sorry...guess i wasnt clear
            1411 Third Avenue
            (corner of East 80th Street)

            1. re: babbabooey

    's just called Eli's. And it's a huge ripoff.

                1. re: babbabooey

                  His name is Eli Zabar, but none of his stores are called Zabar's....Zabar's is his brother's store, on the west side.

        2. re: gutsofsteel

          I second Agata & Valentina. They always had a great selection of just about anything you needed. And stuff you didn't even know you needed! Been a while since I've been there because I now live downtown, but boy do I miss this place!

        3. Thanks for great some ideas and, yes, I will be schlepping across the park alot, no doubt. Looking forward to A&V and haven't been to Schaeller & Webber in a thousand years.

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          1. re: hitpas

            Also check out the Hungarian market on 2nd & 81st St.

          2. cascabel taqueria - 2nd ave and 80th st
            paty's taco truck - lex and 86th

            wa jeal chili house - szechuan food, 2nd ave and 81st
            chana - south indian and dosas 1st and 87th
            lili's noodle house - 3rd and 84t

            gracie's corner - 86th and 1st
            viand - 2nd ave and 86th

            the pickle/olive store on 1st and 86th

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            1. re: thew

              I think Szechuan Chalet is better than Wa Jeal, but I like them both.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                i only tried the chalet once, and was not impressed. they deserve another chance though

                1. re: thew

                  While they are both good I prefer Wa Jeal, I definitely get more Ma La out of their food.

            2. Naruto Ramen on 89/3rd is under-appreciated, if you ask me. It's much more reminiscent of a traditional Japanese Ramenya than most of the popular places in NYC.

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                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  i really like naruto ramen. i think the miso ramen is the best of their regular ramens. i hear good things about the fried rice, but have not tried it. the monthly ramens are good, though the tatamein we a little one note for my taste

                  1. re: thew

                    I tend to prefer Japanese fried rice, so feel free to take this with a grain of salt, but I think they serve some of the best fried rice in NYC. It's made to order, so it's always hot & fresh.

                    The pork buns, however, are just decent. Excellent value compared to other places around the city, but not in that top tier.

                      1. re: Produce Addict

                        I'm almost positive I've ordered delivery from them before. Having said that, I greatly prefer sitting at the counter.

                        1. re: Produce Addict

                          i've seen that they do take out, and i believe they package the noodles and soup separately - but i cannot swear to it, as i've never done it. They might deliver, but i can't say i ever saw a delivery guy go out the door while i was there.

                          1. re: thew

                            I've done take out and they do separate the noodles and the soup. It just tastes better sitting at the bar. Yum! I would assume they package it the same way for delivery.

                  2. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

                    I'm a fan of their Curry Ramen. Yum. It's not bad for ramen in the UES. I'm also a big fan of Pio Pio (Peruvian roasted chicken & french fries). I'm not sure about breakfast places since I'm still looking for a good brunch place. Uptown Lounge does a pretty good brunch. Corner Bakery isn't too bad either. I am enjoy their corn bread. :) Welcome to the neighborhood! Oh yes, don't forget Two Little Red Hens for Brooklyn Blackout Cake and their cheesecake. Mmm.

                    1. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

                      I second Naruto Ramen, I don't live in the neighborhood but when I'm there it's one of my go-to spots. Good deals on different days too.