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Just moved to East 60th Any Recommendations?

Hello Chowhounders!

I just moved to NYC on East 60th and am looking for some recommendations in my new neighborhood. Specifically, I'm looking for the following:

Gastropub
A place that pours good pints and has a good selection of gastropub fare

Brasserie
A place to go when you don't feel like cooking, but isn't going to break the bank

Tex-Mex
I'm really just looking for a good burrito, no frills

Indian
Somewhere casual that does the standard dishes well

Italian
For a good, laid-back, non-pizza meal

Diner
For breakfast/brunch on weekends, dinner in a pinch, or late night indulgence

Fishmonger

Butcher

Bakery
Good loaves, and dolce selections?

Good place for produce
Not a fan of Food Emporium or Gristedes. Is there hope?

After trying a few Asian Ethnic spots in the area, have been woefully disappointed, but if anyone knows of good Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese places, would be eternally grateful! Otherwise, I'm already mostly resigned to the fact that I need to go downtown or to the burroughs.

As for pricing, if I could have a meal (sans booze) for roughly $50 for two, it'd be ideal. I realize though, for superior quality that I'd need to pay more. For now, I'm just looking for casual, reliable neighborhood go-to options.

Thanks in advance and looking forward to your guidance!

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  1. La Mangeoire, on 2nd, b/t 53rd & 54th, is a bistro, not a brasserie. But It is the kind of neighborhood place you are looking when you don't feel like cooking. The kitchen is helmed by 4-star Chef Christian Delouvrier. He's not doing anything fancy, just very well-prepared, delicious French bistro fare. (He is willing to prepare some fancier things with enough advance notice.) Service is cordial and efficient, and the ambiance is low-key and pleasant. It's not in our neighborhood, but if it were, we'd be regulars.

    La Mangeoire photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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    La Mangeoire
    1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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    1. re: RGR

      My go-to French Bistro place is a little farther north from La Mangeoire and therefore closer to you: Cafe Joul on 1st bet. 58 & 59th. I've never been happy with Bistro 61 although I know people like it.
      Incidentally, there are lots of street vendors of fruits and vegetables along 1st Ave - on is in front of the Food Emporium at 1st & 59th. They've mostly good good produce at very good prices.

      For Turkish, Taksim on 2nd at about 54th is good, and Angelo's Pizza on 2nd at 55th is good thin crust pizza. Lots of young bars from 54th - 55th on 2nd but they seem very bridge and tunnel to me as i walk by. Not really neighborhood hangouts.

      Fushia on the NW corner of 58 & 1st has a very interesting menu - mostly a little spicy for me, but I'm very sensitive to that.

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      Taksim
      1030 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

      Angelo's Pizza
      1043 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

      La Mangeoire
      1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

      Cafe Joul
      1070 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

    2. Only good bar I've found in the area on 2nd ave is Stags Head on 51st. It's attached to Cornerstone, which sucks (and is a Steelers bar booooo), but Stag's Head has a really good selection of local brews and a good crowd for the area, even on weekends.

      Love Grand Sichuan East on 55th and 2nd.

      Tadka and Chola on 57th are both very good delivery options for Indian. Also check out Gulluoglu (sp?) for baklava and Barros Lucos on 52nd btwn 1st and 2nd for Chilean sandwiches.

      There's a fishmonger on 52nd and 1st that I haven't tried, but read good things about on this board.

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      Chola
      232 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

      Gulluoglu
      982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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      1. re: ChiefHDB

        A small correction. Chola is on 58th, b/t 2nd & 3rd. I found the food a bit disappointing. I had high expectations because we'd eaten at its sister restaurant Dhaba, in "Curry Hill," and the food there was very good.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks RGR. I actually prefer Tadka. There are definitely a lot of serviceable Indian joints in that area, so I'm sure the OP will find something to like. I'd also recommend that the OP take a walk down 53d between 2nd and Lex, as there are some solid restaurants along that stretch.

        2. re: ChiefHDB

          Yes, they are good. And there's also Ideal Cheese right there, and a very good butcher.

          Sushi Seki is up at 63rd Street for sushi - expensive.

          Edit - Piscane is the fishmonger.

          http://www.chow.com/lists/2401/edit?t...

          Simchick is the butcher.

          1. re: MMRuth

            And, Naya for mezze - 55th & 1st.

        3. a French Macaroon shop just opened on the south side of 59th bet. Madison and Park. i tried it today for the first time and thought they were pretty good. maybe not as good as Madeleine's, but they did have some interesting flavor combinations.

          1. Brasserie in the low 50s between park and lex is one of my go to spots (it's got an Alscace/New American twist). Not as brasseiresque as say Les Halles. Very consistent and good service. Love the Pimm's Lemonade there too.

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            Les Halles
            15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

            1. Grand Sichuan on 53rd and 2nd is good for Szechuan Chinese
              I also really like Kar Won on 60th btw Park and Lex for Chinese noodle soups and roast meats.

              You can get out of both for well under $50 for two (they are not exactly ambiance places though)

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              1. re: glutton08

                Hello Glutton08!

                Thank you for your recommendation! We checked out Grand Sichuan this evening, and ordered family style (er, without the family). We started off with the Dan Dan Mian, the Jellyfish appetizer, an order of steamed dumplings, then had the Sliced Fish and Sour Cabbage Soup, the Tea Smoked Duck and the Sauteed Peashoots. We were very happy with our meal. I highly recommend the Dan Dan Mian and the soup. I really wanted the Ma Po Doufu, but it was already way too much food! Do you have any particular dishes to recommend? We didn't order too many spicy dishes. In fact, the only truly spicy dish was the Dan Dan Mian. I am not afraid of spice, but not having much experience with Sichuan, would like to try something more adventurous. Would love to hear your, or anyone else's favorite dishes at Grand Sichuan.

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                Grand Sichuan
                1049 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                1. re: Chairman Meow

                  Ox tongue and tripe, and the Chengdu rabbit are usually quite spicy. Chongqing chicken is good too.

                  1. re: Chairman Meow

                    Yes, the Dan Dan Mian is great.

                    For spice, you were on the right track with Ma Po Tofu. I also often get the Braised Sliced Beef and the Chengdu Spicy and Aromatic Fish. All can be very spicy, though sometimes it takes a little to convince the wait staff that you really want it that way.

                    1. re: Chairman Meow

                      Guizhou chicken. Also the beef tendon appetizer.

                  2. For Italian- Canaletto on 60th street between 2nd/3rd. Very solid,not too expensive (unlike Scalinatella). We always have a good dinner there. Avoid Mia Dona, which used to be great but somehow they changed the menu and not it's not.

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                    Mia Dona
                    206 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

                    1. I had a very simple but enjoyable meal at Bistro 60 last night (between Park & Madison): a large mesclun salad, very good roast chicken with frites, and tarte tatin. Nice service and reasonable for the neighborhood.

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                      Bistro 60
                      37 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

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                      1. re: City Kid

                        Anyplace can have a bad night, but I feel obligated to report a spectacularly lousy dinner at Bistro 60 last week. The server touted the Dover Sole special and two of the three of us ordered it. Likely it was the "special" because they were trying to get rid of aging fish. One appetizer, an artichoke, was soggy and tasteless, and the escargot tasted off - like they, too, were aged. City Kid is right, it is reasonably priced for the neighborhood, but for almost inedible food, they are expensive.

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                        Bistro 60
                        37 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

                        1. re: Gourmt

                          Wow, either an off night or I was lucky the one time I went!

                      2. Thank you all for your recommendations! I checked out Ideal Cheese, Piscane which was next door, as well as Simchik's the butcher today. Simchik's which used to be next door to Ideal Cheese moved up a few blocks between 54th and 55th. They were all wonderful places, and I can't wait to try the other places mentioned! They all sound great!

                        In the interim, I checked out Real Thai and Luscious Thai. I have to say, that I'm a sucker for Goi Cuons (Fresh Summer Rolls) and Real Thai was the only one in the vicinity that had them. They were not bad, although they didn't include any rice noodle in their summer roll which baffled me. I did a comparison of the papaya salads, and the one at Luscious Thai was far better than Real Thai. The dressing had better acid and the peanuts were well caramelized and crunchy. As for the pad thai and pad see ew, both places were pretty lackluster. I would not order them again. I might do a comparison of the curries soon, but if anyone has eaten at either of these places and have specific recommendations or would advise strongly against ordering particular dishes, would love to hear them. The Larb at Real Thai was okay, but I preferred the one at LAND.

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                        Ideal Cheese Shop
                        942 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

                        Real Thai
                        1069 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

                        1. Some suggestions
                          Felice for nice Italian at 64th and 1st- fun, suprisingly trendy for the UES, lovely service, DELICIOUS ravioli
                          Bistro 61- casual French fare at 61st and 1st- never a wait, never need a reservation
                          Indian... still looking
                          Groceries
                          - I like gourmet garage- 64th between 1st and 2nd
                          - Others like the food emporium under the 59th street bridge, but I find it chaotic to shop there because of the way the store is laid out; however, nice selection of produce and gourmet items

                          Another tip- nice, small farmers market on 67th between York and 1st on Saturdays.

                          haven't been, but my foodie friends have raved about Tiella- 1st, between 60 and 61st

                          If you are into Sushi, Sushi Sekki is out of this work- 1st and 64th, I believe

                          Enjoy the move!!!

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                          1. re: heinlein42

                            Tiella is wonderful! West side of 1st b/t 60th and 61. Tiny place w/great original Italian. And a really cool bathroom!

                          2. I'm a bit south of you so my suggestions might be geographically skewed a little but here goes nothing:

                            Meats: Simchick (or Lobel's if you're willing to head up to the 80s)
                            Fish: Pisacani
                            Cheese: Ideal
                            Upscale bistro: Ze Cafe
                            Casual French: Deux Amis
                            Gastropub: JG Melons (burger will be worth the trip)
                            Indian: Chola (I actually really like Chola but you'll find it's probably not what you're looking for - upscale and pricey for ethnic)
                            Mexican: Rosa Mexicana
                            Sushi: Sushi Seki
                            Casual but nice Italian Bar: Felice
                            Patisserie: Financier

                            And if you're looking for freshly baked croissants, there's a new French cafe/market on (I think) 63rd or 64th and 1st on the East side of the street.

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                            1. re: rushbikes

                              Oh, a couple more...

                              Turkish: Sip Sak
                              Thai/Vietnamese: Obao