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Aug 21, 2011 06:00 PM

Need recs for dinner on Sunday, Aug.28 in Morningside Hgts. or UWS

Hi Chowhounds -
Since Darna has closed, my husband and I are looking for somewhere else to have a good fleishik dinner next Sunday, after we move our daughter into her dorm: we will be empty-nesters! Since both of our kids are in college this year, we are not looking to spend a fortune, but it will be a special "date" occasion. We want to avoid a very noisy situation: calm is the watchword.

Any ideas and recommendations are welcome. We will have a car (unfortunately), and I am a bit nervous about finding parking in midtown. We could leave the car in Morningside Heights and take a train or cab.
We are adventurous eaters, like spicy and all kinds of ethnic restaurants. We will be heading back to my brother's home in Edison, N.J. in the evening, so N.J. restaurants are a possibility.

Thanks so much, p.j.

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  1. The only UWS restaurant I would recommend for a "date" night is Prime KO. But be warned the prices can be high and the portions kind of small.

    1. Not on the UWS, but what about Dakshin (Indian) on the UES? If you have a car, getting crosstown shouldn't be too bad. It's definitely ethnic.

      I was only there once for their Sunday lunch buffet, so I can't speculate on the noise level at any other time. I recall it being fine at that one lunch. Also don't know about the parking situation, though we did go by car, and found a very close spot. Just lucky, or easy to park there? Don't really know.

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      1. re: queenscook

        QC.... Maybe it was the day....considering it is right around Memorial SLoan Kettering, there was less less regular traffic. ...

        Everyone here has written so positively about Mike's Bistro (UWS) that noisy?

        P.J... I'll do the NJ recommendation and suggest ETC in Teaneck...It's quiet, It's delicious, and I promise the parking wlll be easier and free.

        1. re: vallevin

          You're right, I forgot about Mike's Bistro. It will have the quality and ambiance the OP is looking for. Unfortunately, the prices will be even higher than Prime KO.

          1. re: avitrek

            I second Vallevin. Take the GW across to Teaneck, go to ETC. You wont be disaapointed. You can also pick up the NJ Turnpike or Garden State to get you down to Edison.

            1. re: njkosher

              Or go to Mosaica in Union. It's not far off the GSP on the way to Edison.

              1. re: DeisCane

                Deis -
                Thanks for the suggestion. Have you been to Mosaica recently? Is it still good? My understanding from another thread is that the chef left to open Pardes in Brooklyn.
                Thanks, p.j.

              2. re: njkosher

                njkosher & Vallevin -
                Thanks for the suggestion of ETC. I looked at the sample menu, which piqued my interest & tastebuds. I didn't see a recent review of the restaurant. Any suggestions for best dishes, etc. I would enjoy hearing from someone who has been there in the last few months.
                Thanks very much for all your ideas, p.j.

                1. re: njkosher

                  Thanks, njkosher and Vallevin. I looked at the etc. website:the sample summer menu does look interesting and very tempting. The local produce sounds great: New Jersey tomatoes! (Our tomato season in the midwest has been a disaster)

                  The most recent review that I could find was a year and 1/2 old. Has anyone been there within the last few months? Any suggestions for "must try" dishes?
                  Thanks so much for your suggestions - everyone! There are no kosher meat restaurants in St. Louis, so this will be a real treat!

                  1. re: p.j.

                    I was there in April and had the gnocchi and short ribs which were both outstanding. The short ribs are done in a chocolate mole sauce, and were delicious. If you do a search on the kosher chowhound you will find very positive comments over the last 8 months, and I think the most recent was May.
                    You will not be disappointed

          2. Mike's bistro is always a good choice.

            But, you'll have a car and you want spicy and adventurous and quiet. It's August, and on a Sunday Manhattan will be pretty empty, quick driving. I'd go to the upper east and eat Indian at Dakshin. Unless you want to stretch your budget at Tevere 84, one of the world's great kosher dining experiences.

            All three of these will be quiet. Dakshin because it probably won't fill on an August Sunday, the other two are always quiet. And parking is easier on an August Sunday than at any other time of the year - except, of course, near the freshman dorms at Barnard, Columbia, YU and NYU.

            1. So where did you eat on drop-off day and how was it?

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              1. re: AdinaA

                Hi AdinaA! Sorry about the great delay. I haven't been on Chowhound in months. Well, we wound up moving daughter in on Friday, before Irene: it was a wild day, leaving Edison at 6:30 a.m. to beat what turned out to be non-existant traffic. Moved her stuff into her brother's 3rd flr apt at JTS, moved his stuff out of storage locker, hit Fairway for storm food, then moved her to dorm at Barnard at noon. Ate dinner in NJ.
                Came back to the city on Monday for parent orientation. After brunch at JTS (great corn muffins), lunch at Barnard (kosher roast veggie sandwich) , and a mid-afternoon reception with cookies, we weren't terribly hungry. Walked down to Talia's Steakhouse for an early dinner. My husband's dinner, the lamb shank, was very good. I ordered the Thai Beef Salad, which had good flavor. Unfortunately, approximately 1/3 the volume of the steak cubes was fat and gristle, and the sauce (which I had not expected) swamped the greens so they were wilted by the time I was 1/2 done with the dish. I won't go running back.

                1. re: p.j.

                  That may be the best Talia's review ever on Chowhound.

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    Deis -
                    I still hope to get to Etc. Steakhouse on a future trip. I may have overstated the quality of my husband's lamb: he enjoyed it, but I don't think it was worth the $39 price.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      AdinaA -
                      You are welcome. No, we won't be heading to Talia's for a graduation dinner come May.