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Sep 20, 2010 08:15 AM

UWS restaurant rec for tonight - nice, but not formal, not focused on seafood or cheese

I found a babysitter for tonight - YES! Now all I need is a restaurant. Suggestions on where my husband and I should go to dinner tonight on the UWS?

We've recently been to Telepan, Dovetail and Compass, which were yummy, but we want to try someplace new (to us) and not as fancy.

Also, my husband is a picky eater (unfortunately), so no restaurants where the focus is on seafood or cheese.


72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Well you ruled out the Chowder house as it is seafood focused and Picholine as it is fancier...

    'cesca is good as is Ouest (if a little tired at this point)

    2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    1. Fatty Crab, or would that food not work for your husband.
      Kefi is much more relaxed, food is very good, and has a wide range of selections.
      Salumeria Rossi, very good italian, not too uptight and you can sample a lot of different things for not too much out of pocket.
      Recipe is also a nice little spot with solidly made food and an inviting atmosphere.

      505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      Fatty Crab
      643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      4 Replies
      1. re: UWSEater

        Hmm - I've wanted to try Fatty Crab for a while. What would you order there? Any menu recs?

        Fatty Crab
        643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: mrgdess

          I really like the food at Fatty Crab but it is so loud in there it's hard to even have a conversation with yourself.

          Salumeria Rosi is a great suggestion .

          Fatty Crab
          643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Salumeria Rosi
          283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: mrgdess

            the watermelon rind & pork salad is outstanding. the fatty duck is really good. fatty sliders are great. basically if you can handle spicy food you'll like most dishes. happy hour menu is a good deal. the cocktails are inventive and delicious. one thing to avoid though, is the namesake dish. the crab dish is not very good - to my taste at least. the crab clearly tastes frozen even masked under the spicy sauce. i guess maybe because it's rather expensive so that people don't order it frequently enough.

          2. re: UWSEater

            fatty crab in the village is really loud. but i find the UWS location acceptable. maybe depends on the night

          3. Niko's Mediterranean Grill, Broadway at 76th. Not fancy, but quite nice. Wide variety of meat, fish and even vegetarian dishes. Eclectic in many ways but nearly always homey and satisfying.

            Niko's Mediterranean Grill
            2161 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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            1. re: CatoUWS

              Never been there. Any specific dish recommendations?

              1. re: Pan

                Never had anything there we really did *not* like. The lamb shank (probably my personal fave, based just on the fact that I find myself ordering it repeatedly) is amazing, as are any of the plank-roasted fish dishes. It's a huge menu so leave time to go over it all. Also keep in mind that portions are enormous!

                1. re: CatoUWS

                  OK, that's useful to know. So maybe the thing to do is share a meze plate.