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Upper East Side restaurant recs?

Hello-

I'm going to be staying with a friend on the Upper East Side for a few nights mid-May. We will certainly dine anywhere and everywhere we can get a good meal but was wondering specifically about good food in that area. Not seeing a heck of a lot here so thinking it's maybe a bit of a wasteland, comparatively speaking?

Please let me know any thoughts. Any meal, any cuisine probably mid-priced would be prefereable. I'm fairly adventurous, friend not so much although game.

Thanks!!

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  1. Can you give some more parameters on exactly where your friend lives? Intersection/cross-streets would be best. And can you clarify what you mean by mid-priced, by giving a dollar figure including tax, tip, and wine/drinks?

    1. there are some great places on the UES. give me a hint as to what you consider good and i'll try to steer you a bit

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      1. re: thew

        Yes, all of that would help. One of my favorites these days is Sandro's, but it's quite expensive. Happy to come up w/ other ideas given more perameters.

      2. Beyoglu
        Spigolo
        Atlantic Grill
        Triangolo

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

        Spigolo
        1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

        Atlantic Grill
        1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

        Triangolo Restaurant
        345 E 83rd St Frnt 2, New York, NY 10028

        1. Donguri

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          Donguri
          309 E 83rd St, New York, NY 10028

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          1. re: chaz

            I think that Donguri is by far the best restaurant on the UES. Obviously, you have to like that type of food, but it is fabulous. It can get pricey, though.

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            Donguri
            309 E 83rd St, New York, NY 10028

          2. Some other ideas:

            Bistro Itzocan (on Lexington and 101st or so)
            Square Meal (they allow BYOB at a very reasonable corkage fee)
            Ottomanelli on Lexington - one of my favorite hamburgers in the city
            Gajyumaru - v. good sushi as well as "cooked" food.
            Cafe Sabarsky
            Cafe d'Alsace
            Flex Mussels - haven't been, but have read good things about it here.
            Inase - sushi
            Tokubei 86
            Zebu Grill - Brazilian
            Kurio - eclectic
            Cafe Boulud - I think they may have a well-priced prix fixe lunch
            Persepolis - Persian
            Via Quadronno for the panini

            We may not have the most creative food in New York, but there is certainly good food to be had, in my opinion. You can check out menus/pricing at www.menupages.com.

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            Via Quadronno
            25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

            Inase
            1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Cafe Boulud
            20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

            Cafe Sabarsky
            1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Gajyumaru
            1659 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Square Meal
            30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

            Kurio
            338 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

            Cafe d'Alsace
            1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

            Zebu Grill
            305 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

            Tokubei 86
            314 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

            Ottomanelli's Cafe
            1626 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Flex Mussels
            174 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028

            1. Sorry! I hail from a small city (Seattle) where if you mention a neighborhood, it's assumed you could traverse the whole thing easily. We're at the Marriott that's at 410 E 92nd St. Not sure the cross streets. And I'd say I'd be looking in the range of $35 - $60/person, before tip including wine. Is this possible?

              Thanks for the fabbo suggestions so far!

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              1. re: laurahutch

                That hotel is pretty far east - between 1st & York.

                Kurio is right there.

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                Kurio
                338 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  So is Zebu, 92nd close to 2nd ave, just dined there Sat night. Don't miss it, delish Brazilian.

                2. re: laurahutch

                  Most of the restaurants listed by MMRuth are within walking distance of your hotel. You'll need a taxi (or good walking shoes) for Cafe Boulud. BTW, MMRuth has always given me great advice.