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Restaurant near Riverside Church (120th and Riverside Dr.)???

My sister's graduation is at the Riverside Church (120th and Riverside Dr.). Looking for a couple of recommendations for restaurants around the area. . .preferably within walking distance.

Love the board's help!!!

Thanks.
Chris

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  1. Pisticci - a lovely Italian place on LaSalle...(LaSalle is one block north of 123rd Street, between Broadway and Claremont)

    Here's a link to their website:
    http://www.pisticcinyc.com/index.htm

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    Pisticci
    125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

      1. I like Floridita Tapas at 125th and B'way. It's got plenty of large tables if you need to seat a group.

        I like Pisticci, but unless you can sit outside, it can be quite noisy. You certainly need to reserve.

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        Pisticci
        125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

        Floridita
        4162 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

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        1. re: barberinibee

          Unfortunately, both Floriditas on Broadway and 125th street are now closed, due to the Columbia University construction.

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          Floridita
          4162 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

        2. Walk over to Broadway- from 114th Street south to 110th is filled with restaurants. Probably the best is Community Food and Juice. Check out menu pages for other ideas.

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          Community Food & Juice
          2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          1. Dinosaur BBQ.

            Massawa and Awash (both Ethopian).

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            Massawa
            1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

            Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
            777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

            1. Second on Pisticci; dunno if it fits your group or not. Also, Dinosaur, but that can might not be appropriate for the occasion. Two others to consider, and, again, no idea how big or old your group is: Bistro ten18 (www.bistroten18.com); if you read the Chow boards, you will not think they all went to the same place. And, Terrace in the Sky, (www.terraceinthesky.com). Depending on your budget, an unforgetable experience. Please let us know what you decide to do and how it all works out.

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              Pisticci
              125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

              Terrace in the Sky
              400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027

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              1. re: Upperwestsider

                I've lived in NYC for 18 years, went to Columbia, lived on UWS for 12 and have never met a single person who has been to Terrace in the Sky. Do people REALLY go there? Is it all just Columbia parents? I know you mention it often.

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                Terrace in the Sky
                400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027

                1. re: chow_gal

                  Put a grin on my face, you did, and, yes, seems like alot of patrons are first timers wearing either their one sport coat (grad student) or all spiffed up (NJ); but it is not that difficult to get a res, the food and service are terrific, and the views are WOW. Plus, I can walk there. They do take American currency.

                  1. re: chow_gal

                    I went there for a wedding reception. Food was forgettable; views were fantastic.

                    1. re: chow_gal

                      I also went to Columbia, still live in UWS & have never been to Terrace in the Sky nor have I met anyone who's been there! I first learned of it when I was searching for wedding venues. Perhaps they do a lot of business catering events.

                      Isn't it IN Butler or something like that? I don't even know where it could be. Not that I spent a whole lot of time in Butler.

                      1. re: uwsister

                        Right?! I think it might be an Urban Legend. Check out www.snopes.com

                        (Butler ref is cute!)

                        1. re: uwsister

                          If Butler is the name of a residence hall, then yes, the restaurant is in a residence hall. The bride's changing room was in an empty dorm room, which I visited. From what she told me (she works @CU), lots of CU faculty and administrators dine there.

                            1. re: chow_gal

                              Mystery solved - I looked it up, it's at Butler Hall, which is a dorm for grad students and staffs. I'd never heard of it, but then again I only went for undergrad.