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"Cool, hip, casual, good food on the Upper West Side"

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Hi there all,
My father in law has asked me to find a restaurant for dinner tonight with him, myself, my brother in law and his girlfriend that meets these criteria. He's thinking around 75th street. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. Tolani on Amsterdam between and 79 and 80 St

    http://www.tolaninyc.com/about.php

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    Tolani
    410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    1. Graffit
      http://www.graffitrestaurant.com/home...

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      Gastroarte
      141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

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      1. re: peter j

        That looks like a great choice! Thanks!

      2. While it depends one's defintion of the word, i'd say that "hip" will be hardest of the criteria to satisfy...the UWS is pretty dull and not very stylish -- most restaurants there seem like they'd be equally at home in an airport or a corporate office building, and in the summer, seem to be filled with people who wish they were in the Hamptons...

        but for "good" and "casual", i'd recommend Nice Matin...or Cafe Ronda (though i'd say avoid Ronda if they are doing one of their once/week special regional food nights -- i think it might be Wednesday or Thursday, so maybe poor choice for tonight -- i went on one of those nights and it was a mess)...

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

        Cafe Ronda
        249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: Simon

          I totally agree with the "hip" problem. It's very much in the eye of the beholder. I've taken my FIL to Craft in LA and he was pretty "meh" about the experience, which I thought was fantastic. He's more of an Il Tinello, Fiorello's guy.

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          Cafe Fiorello
          1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          Il Tinello
          16 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        2. You might consider Calle Ocho on 81st. It's a little more hip (bar scene is pretty lively, actually) and it meets your criteria of casual, good food with a neuvo latino twist and excellent sangria.

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          Calle Ocho
          45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

          1. Osteria Cotta on Columbus in the mid-80s. It's not "hip" but nicely designed and the food is very good.

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            Cotta
            513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024