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Any seriously good food above 100th Street on West Side?

75 percent cacao Feb 9, 2011 09:11 AM

Cuisine type doesn't matter; quality does.

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    gloriousfood Feb 15, 2011 03:38 PM

    Has anyone tried Zen Palate on 105th (I think), which just opened? Used to love the one on Union Square.

    Zen Palate
    239 W 105th St, New York, NY 10025

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      fm1963 Feb 15, 2011 11:55 AM

      Silver Moon Bakery on 105th and Broadway.

      Silver Moon Bakery
      2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      1. sgordon Feb 15, 2011 11:54 AM

        There's not a lot up there, but of the options...

        Charles' Pan-Fried Chicken
        Amy Ruth's - Charles' is better IMHO, but good for a chicken & waffles brunch, just to get some different chicken now and then instead of going to Charles' every time.
        Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
        Hudson River Cafe
        The Mill (decent Korean, not as good as you'll find in K-Town, but not bad)

        ...and waaaaay further uptown:
        La Casa del Mofongo (I mean, they have 28 different kinds of Mofongo - 'nuff said)
        New Leaf Restaurant & Bar (beautiful setting in The Cloisters)

        Also, I can't remember the name - but many years ago (so who knows if they still exist) there was a place on 125th, near the Apollo - Caribbean place, on the second floor up a flight of steps - where I had some dynamite turtle soup. Ring any bells for anyone? Torn down and turned into an Old Navy? Wish I remembered the name...

        Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken
        2837 8th Ave, New York, NY 10039

        Amy Ruth's
        113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

        New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
        1 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040

        La Casa del Mofongo
        1447 Saint Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10033

        The Mill
        2895 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

        Hudson River Cafe
        697 W 133rd St, New York, NY 10027

        Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
        777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

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        1. re: sgordon
          MandalayVA Feb 15, 2011 12:08 PM

          Could it have been Olivia's? It was more of a soul food joint but there was Caribbean stuff on the menu too. Don't remember turtle soup but it was really good (this was late eighties).

        2. thew Feb 15, 2011 04:09 AM

          dinosaur BBQ!!!!

          valle de mofongo
          charles country fried chicken
          amy ruth's
          some good mex has popped up, but most of it is further east

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          1. re: thew
            rose water Feb 15, 2011 06:44 AM

            wait, i want to know about good mex further east! even if it doesn't meet the OP's specifications, please share.
            also further east is the east harlem moustache, which i love, and which is always woefully empty every time i go.

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            Upperwestsider Feb 15, 2011 03:25 AM

            Not alot to choose from, but here is one "seriously" and two maybes: Terrace in the Sky (www.terraceinthesky.com) on the rooftop of a building in the middle of the Columbia campus is worth a look; lunch is better 'cause the view is one of the best in NYC. The two others would be Bistro ten-18 @ hun 10 & Adam (www.bistroten18.com) has interesting specials and, if you like low rent, try Dinosaur (www.dinosaurbarbque.com) @ hun 27 and 12th.

            Terrace in the Sky
            400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027

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              msny98 Feb 14, 2011 10:34 AM


              201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

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                nmprisons Feb 12, 2011 02:59 PM

                Absolute Bagels
                The Khao Soi at Thai Market

                Thai Market
                960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                Absolute Bagels
                2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                1. re: nmprisons
                  whitneybee Feb 15, 2011 04:46 AM

                  I get takeout from Thai Market on a regular basis (have only eaten there once) and while I've never had it, my friends rave about the Khao Soi.

                  Thai Market
                  960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                  sheio Feb 9, 2011 10:23 AM

                  I've been reading raves about Red Rooster, the new Marcus Samuelsson restaurant, but I haven't eaten there myself. If you check it out please report back!

                  Red Rooster
                  310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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                    InfoMofo Feb 9, 2011 10:15 AM


                    1. rose water Feb 9, 2011 09:47 AM

                      charles's southern style chicken
                      5 & diamond
                      lee lee's baked goods

                      good, but perhaps not "seriously good"
                      piatto d'oro
                      amy ruth's

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                      1. re: rose water
                        rose water Feb 14, 2011 07:16 AM

                        i take it back. 5 and diamond was seriously good when i had dinner there 6 months or so ago. when i had brunch there this weekend, food was seriously lackluster, and the server and bartender obnoxious. you can get much better pancakes, actually served hot, at cafe amrita. i really hope their dinner is better, though the long delay to get our food, which was then served lukewarm, and the grating staff, speak to more systematic problems with the place.

                        great khao soi at thai market? really? great tip, thanks!

                        1. re: rose water
                          hcbk0702 Feb 14, 2011 07:48 AM

                          David Santos, the chef of 5 & Diamond when it was good, left late last year. He's now the chef at Hotel Griffou, revamping the menu.

                          Hotel Griffou
                          21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

                          5 & Diamond
                          2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                        2. re: rose water
                          trixareforkids Feb 14, 2011 08:31 AM

                          Rack and Soul, Red Rooster, Indus Valley

                          Indus Valley
                          2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                          Red Rooster
                          310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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