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Jan 29, 2011 08:29 PM

restaurant suggestions near 76th and first ave

we will be spending some time at apt on 76th near first ave and would appreciate restaurant suggestions both everyday and special meals. We like almost all types of foods and would like to try different things. while we are there. Thanks a lot!

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  1. In the special meals category, I highly recommend Cafe Boulud. It's much further west, on 76th, just off Madison, but totally worth it. Superb cuisine, an excellent wine list, polished service, and lovely ambiance.

    Cafe Boulud photos:

    For delicious lobster rolls at quite reasonable prices: Luke's Lobster, on 81st, b/t 2nd & 3rd.

    Luke's Lobster photos:

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    1. re: RGR

      thanks for those suggestions. We can certainly get over to Madison and would do for a special meal. Any other thoughts or things you would definitely avoid nearby!

      1. re: bomberrwa

        Good sushi at Inase at First Ave. & E. 82 St.

        1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

        1. re: bomberrwa

          It's not my neighborhood, but I do eat there occasionally. Two other places which I can recommend:

          Uskudar, on 2nd Av., b/t 73rd & 74th, for very tasty Turkish food;


          Spigolo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 81st, for superb contemporary Italian cuisine.

          Spigolo photos:

          1. re: RGR

            I also love Uskudar. There's also Café d'Alsace - at bit of a walk up at 88th & 2nd. You can grab the 1st Ave. bus uptown and the 2nd Ave bus on the way home.

            1405 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

      2. Cascabel on Second Ave @80th for great Mexican food.

        1. +1 for Cafe Boulud.

          For Italian (not Italian American "red sauce"), I love Sandro's on 81st near 2nd. Great pastas, especially the bucatini all'amatriciana, which is the best I've ever had (including Batali's).

          Definitely go to Two Little Red Hens for cupcakes. Best in the city. My fave is the Brooklyn Blackout.

          Cafe Boulud
          20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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

          1. haven't been for years, but Malaga, 73 bet 1st and York, was excellent spanish food. Dumpy place, but great stuff. Mariscada with green sauce, shrimp ajillo, appys, red and white sangrias. Try it.


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            1. re: woodburner

              On 83rd(?) and 2nd Avenue is Wa Jeal, an excellent Szechuan restaurant.

              On 77th St and 2nd Avenue is Alloro- delicious Italian but pricey- good for a celebration.

              Wa Jeal
              1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              1. re: woodburner

                We used to love Malaga for local Spanish food, too!!

              2. tatany 72 on 2nd ave and 73 for homestyle japanese
                wa jeal on 2nd and 81 for excellent szechuan
                several good coffee shops, green kitchen on 77 and 1st is ok. better than 3 stars a block or 2 down
                i also like 1st ave coffee shop on 74. theyre a dive but i like them

                finnegans wake - 73 and 1st - irish pub, good food, one of the best burgers in the city as far as i'm concerned

                land NE thai on 81 and 2nd for thai. one of my faves in the city

                cascabel taqueria on 80 and 2nd - great tacos.

                italian village 80th and 1st for pizza

                further afield - naruto ramen on 89th and 3rd
                flex mussels an 83 west of 3rd ave (i think)

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                1. re: thew

                  Sushi of Gari on 78 and 1st
                  Also like Blackout cupcake at red hen
                  Land used to be my fav in the area, but last 3 times curry was watery. I like the curry puffs.
                  If willing to walk a little bit, good chicken at Pio Pio with great spicy sauce. it is on 90th and 1st, not that far.
                  +1 Wa Jeal, but only from the specialty menu

                  1. re: thew

                    thanks so much. I appreciate the coffe shop suggestions for very informal that's important too!