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Spanish or Turkish near the Whitney?

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Going to the Biennial this Friday and am looking for Spanish within reasonable walk/short cab.

Spanish: Malaga? El Porron? Solera?
I'm a bit scared of all 3 based on general online reviews, seem quite mixed.

Turkish: Uskudar? Beyoglu?

I prefer authentic atmosphere to trendy but if the food is better, trendy is fine.

Help!

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Beyoglu
200 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Uskudar
1405 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Solera
216 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

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  1. I'd encourage you to get out of that immediate vicinity. Is this for Friday dinner? Lunch?

    The closest one I can think of is La Fonda del Sol (haven't been). Otherwise, I'd steer you to Txikito (Chelsea) or Casa Mono (Gramercy) but both would have longish waits for dinnertime.

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    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    La Fonda del Sol
    200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10020

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    1. re: kathryn

      Friday dinner.
      And its all about the vicinity. Been to all the places you've mentioned. Not close any of them.

    2. I used to live close to Uskudar and went there many times. The food was always good and it wasn't expensive. It was a reliable neighborhood option, nothing out of this world, but good. But I haven't been there in 5 years or so... Perhaps someone will have a more recent experience to report.

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      Uskudar
      1405 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021