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I need a recommendation for west 50's to 80's please!

A dear friend from San Fran is coming to visit. I would appreciate a suggestion for a really good, reasonable, non-asian restaurant in the wast 50-80s. It will be a friday evening. Price range moderate (maybe no more than $30 max per item)? She lives near SF chinatown and she eats a lot of asian, so a non-asian restaurant suggestion...maybe Italian or French or american or Indian...really up for anything great! i do not visit the UWS much. I really want to take her somewhere delicious that she doesn't eat every day.I so appreciate your suggestions. They are always right on the spot. Thanks

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  1. Telepan.

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

    1. There is Telepan, Ouest, Landmarc, Salumeria Rosi, Nougatine, A Voce, PJ Clarks, and Bar Boulud.

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      1. re: XerxesAB

        Second the recs for Telepan, Salumeria Rosi, and Bar Boulud.

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

        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        Salumeria Rosi
        283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

      2. Best Italian I've had in the area is Maria Pia. Well, Bella Vita on 58th has the best pasta dishes in the neighborhood by far, but they're a pizza joint/takeout place.

        Best Mexican would be Arriba Arriba on 9th around 52nd or 53rd. Cool, fun atmosphere, but you might need a flashlight to read your menus.

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        Maria Pia
        319 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: hivemind

          love Telepan, Bar Boulud. There's also Cesca. Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar (72/wea) is cool and different with open mike some nights. For cheaper there is Kefi (greek 80's columbus--kind of noisy though). Even cheaper is Celeste italian (74/amsterdam) yummy but super crowded.

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

          Kefi
          505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

          Bar Boulud
          1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: LilianNY

            I simply do not get the love for Kefi on this board. The food is okay, but nothing special. The service ranges from tolerable to painful. And the noise level, especially downstairs, can be horrendous. Last time I was there someone in the room shouted "Everybody shut up!" There was dead silence for about 2 seconds, then people laughed, then it was intolerably noisy again. If I want cheaper, I go to Bistro Cassis, which gets practically no love on this board and has much better food than Kefi. IMHO, of course.

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            Kefi
            505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

            Bistro Cassis
            225 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: JoanN

              i agree with you, JoanN. I will never understand the love for Kefi. it's very bizarre.

              i would second the recommendations for nice matin, telepa, ouest and bettola. earthen oven (indian) was amazing when it first opened then it slipped but it seems to be really again. i feel it's the best Indian food on the UWS..

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              Kefi
              505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

              1. re: JoanN

                No disputes on the noise level. I've had mostly OK service, but don't dispute you on that, either. But as for the food, I think it's at a very high level for the price, and I've never had a meal at Kefi - either their original location or the current, bigger restaurant - that wasn't delicious. So we simply disagree. But I would ask you whether there's another Greek restaurant in Manhattan at a similar price point that you find clearly superior. And if you say Pylos, I disagree (it's somewhat more expensive, and good but not as consistently good across the menu, in my experience).

                  1. re: gutsofsteel

                    Thanks, Guts. I'll look into Ethos.

                  2. re: Pan

                    It's gone downhill considerably in the past couple of years, but I actually used to prefer the food at Niko's--which is really just a diner--to the food at Kefi. It could well be that the noise and lousy service I've experienced at Kefi have influenced my judgment of the food. But last time I was there the grilled sardines didn't compare to what you can get at the Atlantic Antic and their lamb chop special was overcooked and rather flavorless.

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                    Kefi
                    505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                    1. re: JoanN

                      Niko's, really? i don't care for Kefi, but i'd choose it 100 times before going back to Niko's.

                      1. re: coasts

                        I agree with the noise at Kefi but I've never had a bad meal there. The lamb shank, lamb meatballs and the spreads appetizer has never failed me. Plus the delicious beers. The service has always been passable, but walking out of there with a $30 meal plus beer, I usually don't complain.

                        I'm with coasts...I've had Niko's once and never went back. I didn't hate my meal, just didn't care for it.

                        I would admit it's not a place I would get people to travel for and i prob like it cause it's 2 blocks from me. But since the OP was targeting UWS, I figured why not.

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                        Kefi
                        505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                        1. re: kelea

                          I think the meze's at Kefi are pretty good especially for the price. The grilled octopus, the warm fingerling potato salad, the spreads, and I think the meatballs were all pretty tasty.

                          I've had better greek food in my life, but I've also had much much worse. From what I've had on the UWS I think Kefi is fine, but I'll check out ethos soon and see which I prefer.

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                          Kefi
                          505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

            2. Calle Ocho, Kefi, Mermaid Inn, Dovetail, Nice Matin and Spiga are some alternatives in the 80s

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              Mermaid Inn
              96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

              Kefi
              505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

              Nice Matin
              201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

              Calle Ocho
              45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

              Spiga
              200 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024

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              1. re: kelea

                I'll second Kefi and Spiga, Nice Matin looks good too though I have never been. There is also a nice little Italian place on Amsterdam near 79th called Bettola, its cheaper than Spiga and their pizza's are really delicious.

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                Bettola
                412 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                Kefi
                505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                Nice Matin
                201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

                Spiga
                200 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024

              2. one of my favorite meals in the city is the soba beef salad at soba nippon, which is more mid-town (at 53rd btw 5th and 6th -- or is it b'way up there?) anyway, it's business-y, but the salad is amazing. (it's been my first meal after giving birth to each of my 3 kids...) their sushi is great too.

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                1. if she's a beer drinker, B Cafe is a nice Belgian bistro with an excellent beer menu and great mussels. it's not upscale, but it's far from pub fare. we tend to go there a lot in cooler weather, as the exposed brick and narrow dining room creates a very cozy vibe.

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                  1. re: coasts

                    I too am a fan of B cafe! was going to bring it up but figured it may e too far. Then again...I suggested mermaid inn. hahha

                    1. re: kelea

                      I looked at the menus of the placed suggested. They look perfect and I appreciate the help very much. I will have to venture to the uws more often to try all of these restaurants! And I have wanted to try the Mermaid inn also, but so far from where I live. One day...

                      1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                        Would you suggest the same places for lunch? Do you find restaurant lunch to be the same quality as the dinners? We will also be doing a lunch.

                        1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                          If you are doing a weekday lunch, without a doubt, Jean Georges Lunch special! Definitely one of the best buys in the UWS.

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                          Jean Georges
                          1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                  2. india isn't asia?

                    ocean grill
                    Salumeria Rosi
                    is picholine still decent?
                    i'ver only been to the downtown one, but there is a mermaid inn in the area as well - i had a great piece of skate there

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                    Salumeria Rosi
                    283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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                    1. re: thew

                      I've been to Picholine and sat at the bar. Great food and great service, though I can't speak for the fancy sit down area. I also liked Bar Baloud. If you're on the UWS, why not try the Time Warner Center? There's a bunch of places there. I've eaten there a few times and the food was good. A table with a view is a must if you want to go all out and show your friend the town. Also, Bar Masa is nice (a little pricey) but it's a cool experience.

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

                      Bar Masa
                      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019