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Mar 15, 2011 11:50 AM

Restaurants near 92nd Street Y

I am looking for a good restaurant in the East 90's near the 92nd Street Y. There are three French bistros in the neighborhood: Table d'Hote, Le Paris Bistro Du Nord, and Pescalou. Which of the three is the best? Also, do you have any other suggestions?

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

Le Paris
1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

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  1. We've never been to Pascalou, and it's been ages since we've been to the others, so I can't comment about the current status of the food.

    It appears you're aiming for French (our favorite cuisine), so I would recommend Cafe d'Alsace, on the corner of 2nd Av & 88th St.

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    1. re: RGR

      There's a relatively new Turkish restaurant, MarMara on the corner of 94th and Third that quite good, relatively inexpensive and with very friendly, competent service.

      1. re: rothsteg

        More info on Marmara ...

        1660 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

    2. Pascalou (note spelling) is a lovely place, it's my go-to place near the Y. Do a search here on CH on the 92nd St Y - there have been plenty of threads with this very subject. For example, a recent one:

      Cafe d'Alsace is a fine place, but the service is horrendous and it's very loud. It's also not classic French - it's Alsatian. I like Pascalou's food better, and the atmosphere is much nicer (it's a much smaller restaurant).

      Cafe d'Alsace
      1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

      1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

      1. If you like Italian, I recommend Sfoglia. The food is excellent; the service, gracious; the seating, okay, it's a little cramped. But did I mention the excellent food?

        1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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        1. re: jakew8

          The food at Sfoglia is indeed delicious.

          1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

        2. I've been to all and like all, though my current favorite is Le Paris. My last visit (of many) to Pascalou was disappointing but it may have been an off night. All three are very charming and cozy -- Table d'Hote is tiny -- with good food so you should enjoy any of them. The service at Pascalou can be a bit sloppy but it hasn't deterred me over the years.

          1. If you go with Le Paris - which would be my choice - try to get a table downstairs when you make the reservation. Upstairs is fine, but downstairs is nicer.

            Le Paris
            1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

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            1. re: MMRuth

              The downstairs at Le Paris is charming, but I also love the couple of upstairs tables next to the balcony -- the view of downstairs and outside is just lovely!

              1. re: City Kid

                You know - I had dinner there last night, and the little table for two in the back on the left - that's a banquette in the corner - was lovely.

                  1. re: City Kid

                    My usual order these days is escargots or the onion tartelette, and steak frites. My husband has become a big fan of their crepes suzettes of late. It was rather funny last night though because soon after we were seated, another couple was seated at the table to my husband's right. Now the place is tight enough as it is, but one of those diners simply refused - didn't get the hint - to move his chair in a little closer to his table - so our waiter had to do this dance the whole time of handing us our plates etc. And, this man ordered steak tartare to start, and then a rare hamburger for a main course. Most amusing.

                  2. re: MMRuth

                    Do you think that that table is big enough for three people? Thank you!

                    1. re: Ellen Resnick

                      You know, I'm not sure. It's quite cramped up there. But you could ask. And, they can fit three at the table in the window downstairs, which is lovely unless it's really cold.