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tgseaver Dec 8, 2010 05:23 AM

Hi all, Ct. hound here and staying at a friends apartment this weekend @ 86th between 1st and York and need suggestions on places to go in the neighborhood ( walking distance ). lunch places and a mid priced and higher ( if worth it ) dinner spot ( Italian,Steak,new American, Greek or Mexican) and a nice place to go for a drink before and or after dinner. Thanks in advance!

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    ml77 Dec 9, 2010 06:11 PM

    Sandro's on 81st between 1st/2nd for an upscale Italian meal. I prefer Viand on 86th and 2nd to Gracie's for diner food.

    +1 for Two Little Red Hens (86th and 2nd). Get the Brooklyn Blackout cupcake. It's a chocolate cupcake with chocolate pudding in the center. Seriously good.

    Two Little Red Hens
    1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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    1. re: ml77
      hungryinmanhattan Dec 9, 2010 06:26 PM

      Nick's pizza on 94 and 2nd ave-short walk, great salad, too. The sausage they use on the sausage pizza is very good.
      I second Viand as a diner choice, as well as the Blackout cupcakes at red hen.

      1. re: ml77
        MMRuth Dec 9, 2010 06:30 PM

        Sandro's is wonderful - has become one of my favorite UES places over the last year.

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          hungryinmanhattan Dec 9, 2010 06:33 PM

          I have never tried it. Ruth, what do you suggest to order there?

          1. re: hungryinmanhattan
            ml77 Dec 10, 2010 08:37 PM

            Not a fan of the lemon pasta, but the bucatini amatriciana is amazing. By far the best I've had, and that includes Batali's (at Lupa) and Maialino's. Most of the pastas are great, including the rigatoni. The straccetti, which is slices of grilled beef, is a very simple dish that tastes out of this world. Classic Italian cooking. Gelato makes a great dessert, and is served with piping hot shortbread cookies.

            It can get very loud when full, but if that bothers you'd I'd just recommend not going on Fri or Sat during prime dinner hours.

            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          2. re: MMRuth
            jinglejangle Dec 9, 2010 07:26 PM

            Yum, my favorite pastas on the UES, esp the amazing lemon pasta.

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          Brian W Dec 9, 2010 05:35 PM

          Peter's Gourmet Diner on 1st Ave at 83 Street for a cheap lunch or a late breakfast. The home fries with eggs is the best I have had in years. They make a seriously good burger, or patty melt if that's your style. Le Bistro D'A Cote one block down from Peter's is a new French place that's pretty good for dinner.

          1606 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Le Bistro D'a Cote
          1590 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

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            griller in the mist Dec 9, 2010 08:00 AM

            Go to two little red hens on 2nd for Cheesecake. Other cakes are good too , but their cheesecake is great

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              glutton08 Dec 8, 2010 11:00 AM

              Ottomanelli's Cafe on York between 85th and 86th for a burger or steak sandwich.

              Ottomanelli's Cafe
              1626 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

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              1. re: glutton08
                tgseaver Dec 8, 2010 12:56 PM

                Wow,great response! Thanks.Keep-em coming! I may need a wheel barrel to take me from place to place.

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                  gutsofsteel Dec 8, 2010 03:35 PM


                  1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                    UES Mayor Dec 9, 2010 03:37 AM

                    I second Spigolo!!! make reservations!!! Also open fro brunch on weekends. No reservation needed for tiny bar seating-so worth it!!!

                    1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                      hrl422 Dec 9, 2010 11:00 AM

                      Elios is so much better

                      1621 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                        scoopG Dec 9, 2010 05:41 PM

                        And that is because....? Specifics are much more helpful...

                2. re: glutton08
                  MMRuth Dec 8, 2010 06:25 PM

                  Or Ottomanelli at 93rd & Lex for a great burger and waffle fries.

                  1. re: MMRuth
                    glutton08 Dec 9, 2010 05:51 AM

                    Have you found the Ottomanelli on 93rd to be better than the Ottomanelli Cafe on 85th/86th and York?

                    Ottomanelli's Cafe
                    1626 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    1. re: glutton08
                      gutsofsteel Dec 9, 2010 08:27 AM

                      The one on 85th/York is seriously bad.

                      1. re: glutton08
                        MMRuth Dec 9, 2010 06:01 PM

                        I've never been to the one on York. And the only thing I've ever eaten at the other one is the hamburger and waffle fries.

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                          Taylor.Watson Dec 10, 2010 06:39 AM

                          MUCH better.

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                      colfaxBee Dec 8, 2010 09:33 AM

                      Ithaka on 86th between 1st and 2nd is nice for Greek food.

                      308 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                      1. thew Dec 8, 2010 07:14 AM

                        drinks: auction house - 89th just east of 2nd (no sign in front)

                        cascabel taqueria

                        gracie's diner 86 &1 - great diner hamburger

                        papaya king

                        naruto ramen - 89 and 3rd

                        paty's taco truck - 86 and lex

                        wa jeal (szechuan) - 83 and 2nd

                        heidleburg house - 3rd and 86

                        york grill - nice place for dinner - 90th and york

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                        1. re: thew
                          ellenost Dec 8, 2010 08:58 AM

                          I'd add: Cafe d'Alsace (2nd Ave. & E. 88 St.); Tokubei 86 (86 St. between 1st & 2nd Ave.) for sushi; Poke (E. 85 St. between 1st & 2nd Ave.) also for sushi (cash only); Tony's di Napoli (2nd Ave. between 83 & 84 St.) for family-style Italian food.

                          Cafe d'Alsace
                          1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                          Tokubei 86
                          314 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                          1. re: ellenost
                            MVNYC Dec 8, 2010 09:04 AM

                            I will second Cafe d'Alsace, they have a good beer selection as well if you are into that.

                            Also Inase (82nd and 1st) is very good for traditional sushi. Highly recommended.

                            1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

                            Cafe d'Alsace
                            1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                            1. re: ellenost
                              scoopG Dec 9, 2010 02:21 AM

                              I love Cafe d'Alsace but it can get insanely loud there when packed.

                            2. re: thew
                              princeofpork Dec 8, 2010 09:29 AM

                              York grill has a good brunch as well.

                            3. southernitalian Dec 8, 2010 06:57 AM

                              I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Ryan's Daughter (the bar and the movie!) on 85th. Great for drinks. free chips!

                              Ryan's Daughter
                              350 E 85th St, New York, NY 10028

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                                pbjluver Dec 8, 2010 06:36 AM

                                Shake Shack - 86th between Lex and Third
                                Papaya King - 86th corner of Third
                                Beyoglu (Turkish) - 81st & Third
                                Cascabel Taqueria (Mexican) - 80th & Second

                                check this out:

                                Papaya King
                                179 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

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                                1. re: pbjluver
                                  whitneybee Dec 8, 2010 08:00 AM

                                  Cascabel is my favorite Mexican place in the area.

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