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jonfbrooklyn Mar 1, 2011 06:02 AM

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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    conchitanyc Mar 2, 2011 07:29 PM

    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

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      trav Mar 2, 2011 11:49 AM

      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
        Simon Apr 4, 2011 08:12 PM

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

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        scotty27 Mar 1, 2011 07:53 AM

        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
          uwsgrazer Mar 2, 2011 09:48 AM

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

          1. re: uwsgrazer
            scotty27 Mar 2, 2011 01:39 PM

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

        2. strangemd Mar 1, 2011 07:32 AM

          Within your price range, you might try Fishtag http://www.fishtagrestaurant.com/
          Had an excellent meal there last week.

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

          1. thew Mar 1, 2011 06:05 AM

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

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            1. re: thew
              jonfbrooklyn Mar 1, 2011 06:47 AM

              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
                H Manning Mar 1, 2011 06:51 AM


                665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                1. re: jonfbrooklyn
                  boredough Mar 1, 2011 09:29 AM

                  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: boredough
                    jonfbrooklyn Mar 1, 2011 01:52 PM

                    Two people; me and the wife

                    1. re: jonfbrooklyn
                      boredough Mar 2, 2011 05:46 AM

                      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

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