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Jun 11, 2010 04:32 AM

Out-of-towner needs quick weekend meal recs

Hi. Need some quick recommendations for two meals this weekend:

1. Lunch in the vicinity of the theater district. Not too expensive or formal. Not too touristy (I know that can be difficult in that area). Type of food not important – just looking for someone’s favorite that I wouldn’t normally find.

2. Dinner on the Upper East Side – ideally within reasonable distance from 1st Ave. and 83rd St. Needs to be a generally quiet and nice place – unfortunately would probably rate atmosphere more important than food in this case. Food should be something approachable – nothing too “out there.”


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  1. For lunch, Uncle Nick's and Molyvos both serve very good Greek food. Molyvos is a bit more expensive but the ambiance is much nicer.

    Molyvos photos:

    For dinner, I'd recommend Spigolo. The interior space is tiny; however, during the warm weather months, there is additional sidewalk seating. Reservations are imperative!

    Spigolo photos:

    1. For the Upper East Side, if you walk over to 83rd & 2nd Avenue then stroll south, from there through 77th St, it's littered with the exact types of restaurants you describe you are looking for. These are the neighborhood joints that the locals frequent, a variety of great options of all different types of cuisines.

      1. Dafni on 42nd between 8th and 9th is my current favorite for solid Greek food at a good price point in a nice room. Was gratified to see they were very busy at lunch last Saturday (there were some tables free for walk-ins, we didn't reserve) since we'd never seen them that busy before.

        325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

        1. For lunch in the theatre district, I recommend Marseille (W. 44 St. and 9th Ave.) for excellent French brasserie type cooking.

          For the UES dinner, I recommend the sister restaurant to Marseille: Cafe d'Alsace (Second Ave. and E. 88 St.). Also French cooking but with an Alsatian flavor.

          Both are excellent (and my favorites). Both restaurants are popular, so I recommend making a reservation. I believe you can make reservations for both restaurants on OpenTable.

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