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Mar 1, 2011 06:02 AM

Need a good restaurant experience on the upper west side.

Live in Park Slope, but next Monday I have a meeting on the Upper West Side. I know there have been a lot of new quality restaurants that opened. But I am out of the loop living on the outer borough site. Need a good dinner for not a lot of money. Thank you in advance to all the hounders that assist.

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  1. where on the upper west side? price range? preferences? dislikes?

    5 Replies
    1. re: thew

      Will be on 90th street, but can walk a bit. For about $80.00 including a bottle of wine. Open for any cuisine.

      1. re: jonfbrooklyn


        665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

        1. re: jonfbrooklyn

          Buceo 95 (tapas) on West 95th between Broadway & Amsterdam - should fit your budget, although it's not clear if your $80 includes tax & tip, or if you'll be dining alone ("a bottle of wine" for one person makes me wonder).

          Buceo 95
          201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

            1. re: jonfbrooklyn

              Then, again not knowing if $80 includes tax & tip, a bottle might put you over the $80. There's also Five Napkin Burger on Broadway @ 84th. HManning's suggestion of Alouette might work if you go for the prix fixe.

              2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

              Five Napkin Burger
              2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      2. Within your price range, you might try Fishtag
        Had an excellent meal there last week.

        Fish Tag
        222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

        1. How about Telepan, Nougatine, or the bar at Picholine?

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

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

          1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: scotty27

            I don't see how two people can dine at any of these places for $80 -- with a bottle of wine!

            1. re: uwsgrazer

              You're right. I need to pay more attention. Unless they pay corkage.

          2. Ditch Plains just opened. 82nd right off Columbus. No heavy mark up of wine and wide variety of food.

            Ditch Plains
            100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

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            1. re: trav

              Tell me more about Ditch Plains...have heard it mentioned positively a couple times's an awful name for restaurant, but evidentally it's better than the name?...

            2. Recipe on Amsterdam between 81st and 82nd is a new find for me that I have been happy with but the word is out and there always seems to be a wait and be cramped but if you get a reservation the food is good. Tolani a couple blocks down is equally tasty and not as popular. I think both are pretty reasonably priced. Someone mentioned Kefi which I also am always pleased by but is also always a bit crowded even though it moved to a bigger place. There is a newish wine bar with tasty small plates - Tangled Vine at Amsterdam and 81st.

              Not new places that we enjoy in the are.....

              Fatty crab because my husband and I like spicy food but this is down in the 70s. The best dishes are the fatty dog and the wonton mee. The duck ramen is also good if you like duck. yum!

              A real steal is BUCA on 103rd between broadway and amsterdam...good small pizzas, awesome meatballs and decent wine. Very very small and casual and tasty food.

              Hope this helps.

              505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

              Fatty Crab
              2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

              452 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              Tangled Vine
              434 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025