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Upper East Side delicatessen or dim sum?

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  • BRN Oct 28, 2010 06:42 AM

Going to be in NYC one day next week and going to a couple of museums on the East Side, so would like to stay nearby for lunch rather than going to Chinatown or Katz's. Any suggestions? I know about Artie's near Zabars which I think is on the West Side.

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  1. There really is no good dim sum uptown. For deli uptown I'd suggest Barney Greengrass first, then Artie's, Fine & Shapiro, Lansky's. All on the west side.

    Barney Greengrass
    541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Lansky's Old World Deli
    235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

    1. Pastrami Queen on 78th and Lex if you want to stay UES

      130 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: glutton08

        Pastrami Queen is really not very good. There's also PJ Bernstein's on the UES but that's not very good either.

        PJ Bernstein
        1215 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          I'll agree that their Pastrami is not as good as some of the places downtown (Katz's, Sarge's, etc), but it's the best I've found on the UES, and I actually really like their Roast Beef.

      2. There are two pretty decent places to get dim sum on the Upper East Side, Shanghai Pavilion & Cafe Evergreen. They are upscale-y (as befits the neighborhood), and I've enjoyed lunch at both.


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        1. re: small h

          I must disagree - I find both of those restaurants pretty mediocre. I mean it's not like they are bad per se, but compared to other options downtown or in the boroughs, they really fall short.

          There are, however, some good Szechuan options on the UES. If that's of interest, let us know.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Sure, I'll take that recommendation. With everything that my friend wants to do in one day, and our leaving on the bus at 5:30, I was thinking that staying on the UES for everything makes more sense. But,. if we HAVE to eat at Katz's or in Chinatown, I'll "cope."

            I spent my honeymoon in NYC in 1961 and just came across the bill for the hotel that we stayed at--the Barbizon Plaza-- and the bill for one week was $97.26. I was looking through a scrapbook. Don't want you all to think that I have mounds of paper lying around.

            1. re: BRN

              For Szechuan, I recommend Szechuan Chalet on 2nd Ave between 72-73.

              Also want to throw out something else to you: I really like Cafe Sabarsky, a Viennese cafe on 86th & 5th inside the Neue Gallerie - very convenient to the museums and a lovely place.

              Barney Greengrass is actually extremely easy from the UES museums - just hop on the 86th St crosstown bus and you'll be there in less than 10 minutes. It's on Amsterdam just a half a block south of 86th St. It's one of the best, and it's waaaaaaaaaaay closer than Katz's.

              I live on the UES and I go there all the time because it's so easy and convenient.

              Barney Greengrass
              541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              Cafe Sabarsky
              1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

              Szechuan Chalet
              1395 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

            2. re: gutsofsteel

              Let's use our sliding scale, here. The OP didn't ask for super-fantastic dim sum. Just dim sum. And for the UES, I think Shanghai & Evergreen are perfectly fine. As for the Sichuan, I had one pretty good lunch at Chalet (which I would recommend) and one horrid lunch at Wa Jeal (which I would not recommend - I think they cook with Lifesavers or something).

              1. re: small h

                i have the opposite experience. i keep trying chalet because of the love here on CH and i'm underwhelmed every time. but i've had some fantastic dishes at wa jeal

                1. re: thew

                  I like them both, but so far I've found Szechuan Chalet more consistent.

                  Szechuan Chalet
                  1395 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  1. re: thew

                    I plan on revisiting both. For the record, at Wa Jeal I had braised prawns with fermented rice tomato sauce, which I thought sounded interesting. It turned out to be shrimp in a sticky, neon-colored sauce (like sweet & sour without the sour). I detected a faint whiff of brown rice. Since I don't eat meat, my options are limited, but is there anything on the lunch menu you'd recommend?

                    1. re: small h

                      L28. Stir Fried Prawns * with chili minced pork and veggie

                      I suppose you could ask for it without pork but I think that is the best non pork belly lunch option there.

                      1. re: MVNYC

                        Thank you. I will see if they're amenable to de-porking that dish.

                      2. re: small h

                        i don't know the lunch menu offhand, but i recall it didn;t feature many really szichuan dishes on it, which is where the places excels . you need to order of the chefs special menu not the divided by protein menu stuff.

                        for not meat i loved their wok roasted chilis, chilis, and chili fish filet.

                        1. re: thew

                          Thanks. The fish is on the lunch menu, which is somewhere in between a divided-by-protein menu and a full-on, this-is-the-cool stuff menu.


                          1. re: small h

                            i admit i was too lazy to check

                            1. re: thew

                              That's ok. I'm trying to avoid working, anyway. In penance, why not respond to three posts asking for theater district recommendations, or where to have a girls' night out?

                          2. re: thew

                            There are some Szechuan dishes on the menu. Not a great percentage of overall dishes.

                            L10. Double Cooked Pork Belly * with chili leeks
                            L11. Shredded Pork * with spicy garlic sauce
                            L12. Stir Fried Fresh Pork Belly * with chili leeks
                            L31. Stir Fried Sea Scallops * with roasted chili peanuts
                            L32. Baby Shrimp * with sichuan chili sauce
                            L33. Baby Shrimp And Peanuts * with hot pepper sauce

                            Along with the aforementioned shrimp and pork dish

                            1. re: MVNYC

                              We went to Sarge's and enjoyed it. Plenty of pickles for me, the cole slaw was yummy, and we had pastrami and corned beef. Even the mustard was fabulous. Thanks for the suggestion.

                              1. re: BRN

                                I live on the UES, and still go to Sarge's for my pastrami "fix". To me, Sarge's has the best pastrami. Also love their free coleslaw.

                                1. re: ellenost

                                  I hate Katz's coleslaw, fwiw.

                                  1. re: gutsofsteel

                                    Katz's is outstanding.....................