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West 70's Casual lunch, moderate prices

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pbjluver Jul 25, 2011 03:59 PM

this Jersey girl is not familiar with the casual dining places on the West Side — 70's / low 80's.

Meeting a friend for Friday lunch, must be moderate and tasty...any ethnicity will be fine.
Are there any tasty places for salads?

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    rkaene Jul 25, 2011 06:06 PM

    Kefi - greek, great salads

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    Kefi
    505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

    1. JoanN Jul 25, 2011 06:15 PM

      Salumeria Rossi on Amsterdam between 73rd and 74th. It's small plates, nearly all of them excellent and sharable, so you can easily keep the cost down as long as you're not guzzling Prosecco.

      http://www.salumeriarosi.com/en_ny/menu/

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      Salumeria Rosi
      283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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      1. re: JoanN
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        lildiss73 Aug 9, 2011 06:10 AM

        Good Enough To Eat, Popover Cafe, Recipe, Freds, Celeste, 5 Napkin Burger... all deelish.

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        Good Enough to Eat
        483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Celeste
        502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Fred's
        476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Popover Cafe
        551 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Recipe
        452 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Five Napkin Burger
        2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        1. re: JoanN
          coasts Aug 9, 2011 03:57 PM

          i felt totally ripped off at Salumeria Rossi -- like i had been had.

          i would suggest either Cotta, a fairly new Italian place with some interesting menu items, or Nice Matin, tried and tested bistro food.

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          Nice Matin
          201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

          Cotta
          513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

          1. re: coasts
            JoanN Aug 9, 2011 04:59 PM

            Why did you feel ripped off? Everyone I've taken there has loved it--including a party of five late last week. (In fact, one of those five sent me a thank you note for choosing such "a fine, fine place" for us to meet.) I've been nearly a dozen times and have introduced it to nearly a dozen friends and have never heard anyone say anything negative about it--except maybe that it can be difficult to get in without a reservation.

        2. sgordon Aug 9, 2011 01:45 PM

          Second Kefi. Hearty, flavorful, bright - good value for your $$, too.

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          Kefi
          505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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          1. re: sgordon
            JoanN Aug 9, 2011 03:10 PM

            But noisy as hell. If you want to have a quiet conversation, fugeddaboutit.

            1. re: JoanN
              sgordon Aug 10, 2011 06:15 AM

              I found the crowds pretty light at lunch. At dinner - definitely agree.

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            Simon Aug 9, 2011 08:07 PM

            -- maybe Cafe Ronda (though my last meal there on one of their "special menu nights" was awful)...they usually have nice salads and sandwiches at lunch though...

            -- i hate Kefi...school-caferia-quality Greek food pretending to be decent...

            -- i agree w/ coasts' comment above that Nice Matin is a good place for the OP...pleasant place, nice staff, healthy salads, tartars, etc...i think this might be the best option...

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            Kefi
            505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

            Nice Matin
            201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

            Cafe Ronda
            249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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