Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Oct 11, 2010 11:56 AM

Help! EV foodie transplanted to Morningside Heights. Good food in adjoining neighborhoods?

Hello All, thanks in advance for your input. I am temporarily located at 115 & Riverside for a few weeks... and I'm hurting from the dearth of options. I eat everything other than vegan/raw food.

So which adjoining neighborhood to you prefer for food and booze - Harlem or UWS?

And for that neighborhood...
- What $12 or less takeout places do you like?
- Restaurants for $40 or less - including a drink
- Non-sport bars... I'm under 40, just not into sports.

Cheers, Oliver

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Just a quick note: Check out Jerusalem Restaurant on Broadway just south of 104 St. for tasty shawarma, falafel, and grape leaves. I'm also a temporarily displaced EV foodie, but staying in the upper 90s, and know only a few good places in this area, but Jerusalem is far enough uptown to probably be a reasonable walk for you.

    1. I'm a little south of where you are, so I don't have take-out places to recommend. But here are some other thoughts:

      -- Pisticci is a very good neighborhood Italian place (I especially like the polenta appetizer).
      -- Zoma is the best Ethiopian place in the city. I love their veg combo plate.
      -- If you go up further, Dinosaur BBQ is loud and fun.
      -- Indus Valley is probably your best bet for Indian in the neighborhood.
      -- We went to (I think I've got the name right) the Abbey Pub after dinner recently and had a lot of fun. On Sunday nights (I think) they do trivia contests which was very amusing (and we won $50 to spend at the bar). There weren't sports on that evening, but I don't know about other evenings.

      Hope this helps a bit.

      2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

      125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

      Indus Valley
      2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Abbey Pub
      237 W 105th St, New York, NY 10025

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

      1. There's lots on Amsterdam Ave: around 107th St. is an inexpensive Mexican taco place (La Fonda del ... can't remember) and maybe the best Thai in the neighborhood, Thai Market. Years ago, I often ate at El Rey del Caridad near 108th (Dominican, I think). There's also a cluster of restaurants further uptown above 120th: Max SoHa, Kitchenette and serviceable Japanese. Good luck.

        Thai Market
        960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        2 Replies
        1. re: rteplow

          Perhaps you're thinking of Taqueria y Fonda? That one's fine. We think Noche Mexicana is better (in the same area).

          I think there's also a Wondee Siam on Amsterdam now too.

          Noche Mexicana
          852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          1. re: LNG212

            Trying to get the links to work ...

            Taqueria y Fonda
            Wondee Siam

            Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
            968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

            Wondee Siam V
            969 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        2. I second Pisticci and Zoma, although Awash (on Amst. and 105th) also has decent Etihiopian and the prices are better.
          Tacqueria y Fonda has good tacos but I am not that fond of their burritos.

          For good middle-eastern take-out try the Hummus Place branch on 99th and Broadway.

          On 116th and Frederick Douglas, there is Africa Kine for Senegalese food. They have very good lunch options and also have a separate take-out window downstairs. I moved to Boston, and I am still looking for a whole grilled fish that good! The fish isn't under 12 dollars, but it is enough for two meals.

          The rotisserie chicken at Flor de Mayo and El dey la Caridad is supposed to be really good.

          And I have only been to Pio Pio salon only once but I liked the food I got.

          There isn't any good Indian food in the neighbourhood, but if you ask for Indian-style chicken curry (the one they make for the staff) at the Indian Cafe, you may get lucky.

          2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

          125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

          Flor de Mayo
          2651 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          18 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

          Africa Kine
          256 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

          Pio Pio
          210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

          1. I second Jerusalem Restaurant @ 104th & Broadway. (Google for their website/menu.) I like the Jerusalem Platter. I ate here a lot when I briefly subletted on the UWS last summer.