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Business Trip (UES; E 92nd and 1st) -- Recommendation near hotel?

I'm in town for two nights, with business meetings both days at our hotel (Courtyard Upper East) at East 92nd and 1st. Not sure if I'll have much of a chance to get out (likely to be working dinners at the hotel both nights), but is there anything chow-worthy nearby that's worth checking out if I can escape the hotel for a bite? Thanks!

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  1. - Pio Pio - a great Peruvian chicken joint - is just around the corner on 1st between 90th & 91st.
    - Ottomanelli at 93rd & Lex - their burgers get the thumbs-up from several respected CHers
    - Sfoglia on Lex @92nd for Italian
    - Tamarind @94th & Third for Indian

    and depending on how quickly you walk, Beyoglu @ 81st & Third for terrific Turkish food

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

    Sfoglia
    1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

    Pio Pio
    1746 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

    Tamarind
    1679 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

    Ottomanelli New York Grill
    1424 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

    1. Kurio is very close to your hotel.

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

      4 Replies
      1. re: gutsofsteel

        Also Zebu Grill, for Brazilian food.

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

        1. re: MMRuth

          2nd Zebu. Too close to pass up.

          1. re: jinglejangle

            Zebu is really pretty mediocre. Kurio is a much better choice.

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

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              I particularly like the appetizers at Kurio, and usually make a meal out of them. I think their fried dishes are very well done.

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

      2. A nice place nearby at 89th and York is York Grill.

        Sfoglia gets rave reviews but you need reservations weeks in advance.

        A little bit of a walk will take you to Cafe D'Alsace at 88th and 2nd Ave. As typical a French brasserie as you can get in Nueva Yorka. They're known for their beer selection.

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        Sfoglia
        1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

        York Grill
        1690 York Ave, New York, NY 10128

        7 Replies
        1. re: Gelaine

          York Grill is a decent neighborhood restaurant. Cafe d'Alsace is not French...it's Alsatian. And it is not "a typical French brasserie" by any stretch of the imagination.

          Sfoglia is seriously overrated. Spigolo is a better restaurant, a bit further south.

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          Spigolo
          1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Sfoglia
          1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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

          York Grill
          1690 York Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            gutsofsteel..... pardone moi. -:) (Sorry for the misspellings.. My French is non existent.) When I last visited France those in the Alsace did seem to feel they were French (at least for the time being -:) Probably I was wrong to use the term brasserie, but Cafe D'Alsace is not your typical upper East Side place. I think our visitor might find it a pleasant experience. York Grill is not a destination restaurant,, but we in this woe begone neighborhood are thankful that it's there.

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            York Grill
            1690 York Ave, New York, NY 10128

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Since Alsace is in France, presumably it is a French restaurant, albeit one with food from a particular region of France. I've been disappointed with Sfoglia the last few times I've been there. I do like Paola's at 92nd & Madison - the duck I had there once was one of the best duck dishes I've ever had.

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              Sfoglia
              1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

              1. re: MMRuth

                Every Alsatian I've ever known much prefers to be called "Alsatian." Anyway Cafe d'Alsace is certainly not a "typical French brasserie."

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

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  Regardless, I love the food at Cafe d'Alsace! Service is fine too.

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

                  1. re: ellenost

                    I agree but it can be deafening when packed!

            2. re: Gelaine

              I find York Grill only OK - a throwback in time.