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86th between 1st and York

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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  1. 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:
    http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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

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    1. re: pbjluver

      Cascabel is my favorite Mexican place in the area.

    2. 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!

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

      1. 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

          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.

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

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

          1. re: ellenost

            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.

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            Inase
            1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

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

            1. re: ellenost

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

            2. re: thew

              York grill has a good brunch as well.

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

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              Ithaka
              308 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

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

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

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                1. re: glutton08

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

                  1. re: tgseaver

                    Spigolo

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                    Spigolo
                    1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

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

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                      Spigolo
                      1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                      1. re: UES Mayor

                        Elios is so much better

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                        Elio's
                        1621 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                        1. re: hrl422

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

                  2. re: glutton08

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

                    1. re: MMRuth

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

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

                      1. re: glutton08

                        The one on 85th/York is seriously bad.

                        1. re: glutton08

                          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.