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Quick dinner near 92nd Street Y this Thursday?

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pace Mar 4, 2011 08:23 AM

Going to a lecture at the 92nd Street Y (at Lex) this Thursday. We'll be a group of 6 and only have an hour and 15 minutes for dinner before the event. Looking for a casual restaurant nearby, preferrably within a few blocks of the Y. Decent food of any type, no place fancy (since we won't have time to linger), but not a deli or hamburger joint either. Thanks.

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    pace Mar 5, 2011 07:30 PM

    Thanks, everybody. I'm going to suggest to our group that we choose between Pescalou and Peri Ela. We can spend a solid hour and 15 minutes at the restaurant and still have 15 minutes to walk to the Y, so these two places should easily work. I appreciate your thoughts on Paola's and Le Paris as well. We go to the Y a good bit and now we have a couple of new places to look forward to!

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    1. re: pace
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      City Kid Mar 6, 2011 04:11 AM

      Good choices, though I haven to been to Peri Ela yet I have heard good things. BTW it's PAscalou: a contraction of the name of the original chef owner, Pascal, and his wife, I believe. I have been countless times over about 20 years and only been really disappointed once (recently, I hope not a trend). They have 2 "twilight" prix fixe menus that can be ordered until 6:45, one a $19.95 prix fixe and the other $24.95. If you go there, make sure to make a reservation and request downstairs, which is far more charming, and let them know about the time constraints. Upstairs is cramped with a very low ceiling.

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      gutsofsteel Mar 4, 2011 08:37 AM

      Corner Cafe, 92nd & 3rd
      Nicks, 94th & 2nd
      Peri Ela, 90-91 & Lex

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      Peri Ela
      1361 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

      Nick's
      1814 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

      Corner Cafe & Bakery
      1645 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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      1. re: gutsofsteel
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        pace Mar 4, 2011 11:24 AM

        Hi Guts -- I'm so glad you posted, since I highly value your advice.

        Peri Ela looks great. Can't find Nick's on-line. Do you know if they have a web site?

        Also, others in our group have suggested Paola's, Le Paris, and Pescalou. I find widely varying reviews of them on-line, from "romantic" to "cramped" and "noisy".
        Have you been to any of those places?

        Thanks.

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          g
          gutsofsteel Mar 4, 2011 12:48 PM

          I like Pescalou a lot - but for 6 you'll need a reservation.

          Nick's is a very casual Italian place, kind of a family place. Corner Cafe also casual, "American" style food.

          I'd choose between Peri Ela and Pescalou. But make a reservation for either of those. You'll be happy at either place. Pescalou is a bit cramped I guess, but it doesn't disturb me, it's not a loud place. Peri Ela is a bit less cramped, not nearly as charming. French/Mediterranean vs Turkish....

          Paola's and Le Paris are not as good as Peri Ela and Pescalou. I go to Pescalou a lot. It's charming.

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          Peri Ela
          1361 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Nick's
          1814 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Paola's
          1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Corner Cafe & Bakery
          1645 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Pascalou
          1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Le Paris
          1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: gutsofsteel
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            City Kid Mar 4, 2011 01:32 PM

            I also like Pascalou, although I recently tried Le Paris a couple of times and like it just as well. But with less than an hour, including walking from the restaurant, you may be pushing it if you wander over to Madison. Paola's is a bit fancier (I have found the food there quite good) and less of a quick bite place, Nick's is a good choice for pizza and reasonable Italian entrees but also a couple of long blocks from the Y.

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              gutsofsteel Mar 4, 2011 01:37 PM

              Peri Ela is extremely close to the Y.

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              Peri Ela
              1361 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

              1. re: City Kid
                scoopG Mar 4, 2011 01:40 PM

                I agree CK. Paola's is actually better now in their new digs.

                1. re: scoopG
                  MMRuth Mar 6, 2011 04:51 AM

                  I think that Le Paris has gotten much better since it's "re-do" last summer - really enjoy a vodka gimlet, escargots, steak frites and a bottle of wine there. Reservations are a good idea. For some reason, I started to find Pascalou a little tired -- including the room -- about two years ago - should give it another try though. And I do like Paola's - great room, charming service and, to my mind, good food. The duck breast there is one of the best I've ever had, and I love their tart lemon tarte. And, with one exception -- the Amatriciana - I really like their pastas as well. Oh, and excellent olive oil.

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                  Paola's
                  1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

                  Pascalou
                  1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

                  Le Paris
                  1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

                  1. re: MMRuth
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                    City Kid Mar 6, 2011 05:43 AM

                    Yes, Le Paris is very good -- I love the moules frites. It could become a favorite of mine in the neighborhood...I've been going to Pascalou for so long, I'm hoping my last less-than-good dinner was an aberration...Paola's is a very handsome place, and have enjoyed the food very much, but I wouldn't want to rush through dinner in an hour. Another charming option nearby, in the vein of Pascalou and Le Paris, is Table d'Hote on 92nd btw Madison & Park. I recall you had a crumby experience there, Ruth, but I enjoyed a recent dinner. Six people would take up nearly half the place!

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                    Table d'Hote
                    44 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

                    1. re: City Kid
                      MMRuth Mar 6, 2011 04:39 PM

                      You are right about the time frame -- had missed that.

          2. re: gutsofsteel
            JungMann Mar 7, 2011 10:22 AM

            Gutsofsteel, have you visited MarMara yet? It's a new Turkish restaurant that opened in the neighborhood, though a place I've not heard much about.

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              rothsteg Mar 7, 2011 04:48 PM

              I've been there a number of times. It's good, quite well prepared Turkish food with a very friendly and efficient wait staff. Nothing that will blow you away with originality or creativity, but a very good rendition of the standards, including an array of the flat bread dishes that are often sold as "Turkish Pizza"

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              Marmara
              1660 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

              1. re: rothsteg
                c
                City Kid Mar 8, 2011 05:51 AM

                Good summary of a good, solid neighborhood spot! The Monday kabob special is quite a deal, $9.95, I think.

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                  c
                  City Kid Aug 23, 2011 06:53 AM

                  I wanted to update this thread after having a pretty lousy dinner at Marmara last night. No kabob special as featured on their website, whatever...the chicken I did get was dry and somewhat puny, side "salad" was more like a garnish, not the excellent bread I expect in a Turkish place, and service was terrible: 20 minutes before we could even get water and sides came 15 minutes after mains. I won't be back.

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                  Marmara
                  1660 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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