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Eats near NY Presbyterian Hospital (York Ave)

I'm a former NY'er, now living in DC area. A friend is having surgery at NY Pres. Hospital this week and will be there for a few days. I wanted to give his wife a few restaurant suggestions nearby the hospital, but I haven't lived there in 20 years. Just casual, good food that's convenient to walk to and where she wouldn't mind eating alone. Take out suggestions would be good, too!
Thanks!

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  1. i hope your friend has a successful surgery.
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    from my visits i only remember mike's bagels and tasty deli? they weren't anything special but they got the job done. i also remember getting food from a nuts to nuts cart lol...sorry i didnt help much. harlem is kind of near by so u can pick up some chicken and waffles from amy ruth's if you cab it.

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    1. re: daffyduck

      Daffy - Thank you for your good wishes and the help...but he's at the other NY Presb - the one on York and 68th on the UES. I did find some old posts for that area too, but didn't know if there was anything else.
      Again, thanks for trying - if you know anything there, I'd be glad to hear about that too.
      (but now you have me wanting chicken and waffles! :)

    2. Cafe Luka on 1st Ave is the coffee shop that I like in that neighborhood; the usual diner food, agreeable staff. Over on York, Tropicalia is also nearby; tiny Brazilian place with just a couple of tables, an interesting variety of good food. Right next to it is Sugar Loaf; even tinier, just soups & sandwiches & various beverages. Another couple blocks up York at 76th St is Gotham Pizza; have only been there once, but I thought the pie was pretty good. All are takeout-able.

      OK, this one will sound silly, but for a bit of a breather you might try Sotheby's, there on York at 71st St. Go in, right to the elevators, up to the top floor, and the lunch room is right there. It's just sandwiches and salady stuff (I think) and soft drinks, but the roof deck is a nice place to sit and collect ones thoughts. The exhibition for the upcoming sale of impressionist and modern art begins on Friday, which they usually put on the top floor, so that could be nice, too.

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      Tropicalia
      1372 York Ave, New York, NY 10021

      Cafe Luka
      1319 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

      Sugar Loaf Cafe
      1372 York Ave, New York, NY 10021

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      1. re: rpk

        RPK- Thank you so much! Love the Sotheby's idea...it's right up my friend's alley and I would have never thought of it. Perfect!

      2. If she doesnt mind walking uptown a little or hoping a cab the York Grill on 1st has excellent food and a nice bar to sit an eat at.

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        York Grill
        1690 York Ave, New York, NY 10128

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        1. re: princeofpork

          York Grill is on York & 89th and it does not have "excellent" food - it's a neighborhood place that it not worth traveling to.

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          York Grill
          1690 York Ave, New York, NY 10128

        2. Mediterraneo on 67th/2nd - has outdoor seating which is a plus

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          1. re: FoodieFemme

            John's Pizza on 64th between York and First, perhaps.

          2. Good bagels at Bagels & Co on 76th and York
            Great beer selection and decent pub grub at David Copperfield's on 74th and York
            Cafe Evergreen decent Dim Sum on weekends (though slightly expensive for Dim Sum) on 69th and 1st
            Szechuan Chalet on 73rd and 2nd
            Good burger, mussels, and Belgian Beers at B Cafe on 75th btw 2nd and 3rd
            Good burger at JG Melon on 74th and 3rd

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            Cafe Evergreen
            1288 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

            Bagels & Co.
            1428 York Ave, New York, NY 10021

            David Copperfield's
            1394 York Ave, New York, NY 10021

            Szechuan Chalet
            1395 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

            1. Thanks to all who responded....
              My friend's surgery went well and he's on his way back home after just 2 full days in the hospital. His wife got out just a little bit, but will likely be back up there again, so all the suggestions have been filed away. Thanks especially to RPK for the Sotheby's idea - she did go there on Friday and saw the exhibit and ate at the cafe and loved both. That one would have never occurred to me and it was a nice break for her.

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              1. re: marleymom

                If it's nice weather, how about eating outside? There's a great Caribbean food truck run by Yvonne across the street from the hospital. Really good jerk and curry dishes.

                1. re: newshound22

                  Can you provide the cross streets of the truck you mention?

                  1. re: princeofpork

                    yvonne's parks on 71st across the avenue from the hospital

                  2. re: newshound22

                    How late is Yvonne there with her cart? We were hoping she was there late in the evening as we are visiting from out of town. Any idea? Thank you!