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UWS - Best Places in 90's and 100's?

Hello all...new to the area and wanted to poll the crowd on what the best local haunts are to fill a food fix. As a long time lurker, first time poster, I am confident that this crowd will provide better suggestions than other review sites. We are looking for all spots in the area -- from trucks, dives to "nicer" places. While I understand the urge to recommend places further south (sometimes much further south), we are really only trying to gather spots in the 90's and 100's as we are excited about trying places in the new neighborhood. So far we have tried:

Buceo 95 - so far two very good meals for a local place
A Cafe - love the idea of BYOB, and food was pretty good
Gabriela's - exactly what we thought it would be.
Cafe Frida - we thought it was passable, but not great.

Places people have suggested include:

Gennaro's
Mama Mexico
Community Food & Juice (bit of a hike for a neighborhood spot for us)
Malecon
Pio Pio

Are there others out there that are must tries? Looking for anything delicious...thanks so much!

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Gabriela's
688 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025

El Malecon
764 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Mama Mexico
2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Gennaro
665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Community Food & Juice
2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Buceo 95
201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

A Cafe
973 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

Pio Pio
210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

Cafe Frida
768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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  1. Silver Moon Bakery on 105th and Broadway is a must.

    Gennaro's is solid but probably not worth a long wait.

    I've heard good things about Wondee Siam V on 108th and Amsterdam but haven't tried it yet.

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    Silver Moon Bakery
    2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

    Gennaro
    665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

    Wondee Siam V
    969 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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    1. re: Riverman500

      I'd be a little more enthusiastic about Gennaro's--for a neighborhood Italian place, it's excellent.
      Silver Moon is indeed fantastic.
      Would add Absolute Bagels on Bwy/107th as among the best in the city.
      Would vote for Noche (Amsterdam and 101) as far more authentic and cheaper than Mama Mexico (and its screaming mariachis) or Gabriella's
      New Peruvian place called Warique is also worth a try.
      Little French bistro called Allouette (Bwy/98th) is good and kind of romantic.
      Cafe du Soleil (Bwy/104th) has good brasserie-type food
      Rack and Soul on 109th has excellent ribs/bbq chicken
      Sook (Bw//103rd) has decent Thai
      Enough to get started.

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      Rack & Soul
      258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

      Gabriela's
      688 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025

      Mama Mexico
      2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Silver Moon Bakery
      2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Cafe du Soleil
      2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Gennaro
      665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

      Alouette
      2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Noche Mexicana
      852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

      Absolute Bagels
      2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Sookk
      2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Warique Peruvian Kitchen
      852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

      1. re: strangemd

        add Indus Valley and Thai Market and you have a pretty good list going here.

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        Thai Market
        960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        Indus Valley
        2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

        1. re: nmprisons

          +1 on:

          Silver Moon
          Absolute Bagels
          Noche Mexicana (enjoyable, but very greasy)
          Cafe du Soleil (pretty good coq au vin)
          Rack and Soul
          Thai Market

          Also add Turkuaz and Charm Thai, which, while not amazing, are solid. And the Sobre Ruedas taco truck at 97th and Amsterdam for tongue tacos.

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          Thai Market
          960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          Charm Thai
          722 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          Turkuaz
          2637 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          Cafe du Soleil
          2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          Absolute Bagels
          2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          Super Tacos Sobre Ruedes
          254 W 96th St, New York, NY 10025

          Noche Mexicana
          849 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          1. re: michelleats

            How does Sobre Ruedas compare to Super Taco (Is that the name?) on 96th off of broadway?

            1. re: michelleats

              Thanks for all the suggestions! We tried Cafe du Soleil on Saturday and enjoyed it. Very solid for what it is (although we'd put Buceo ahead of it). Service was very good. Looking forward to trying the others. Thanks again to everyone who has posted!

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              Cafe du Soleil
              2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          2. re: strangemd

            The report that Noche Mexicana is closed is false. It just moved 3 doors down on the same block. And it's probably the best Mexican food in the neighborhood.

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            Noche Mexicana
            849 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

            1. re: strangemd

              strongly agree with strangemd and uwsister on the noche mexicana over mama mexico endorsement. no question about it! as uwsister and ann900 stated, "mama mexico is downright terrible" ... "beyond terrible ". very, very true.

              love absolute, silver moon and i'd also like to endorse pisticci: http://www.pisticcinyc.com as rteplow recommended below. also,indus valley is not bad.

              please report back to us. thanks!

              1. re: nativeNYer

                Thanks again to all those who recommended places to try. This weekend we made it to Noche for some cheap Mexican food. We need to try Tacqueria Y Fonda, but I have to say Noche was more enjoyable than Gabriela's considering the bill at the end (and way more enjoyable -- sans back patio atmosphere -- than Cafe Frida. Why is it so hard to find great Mexican in this city? Mystery continues.

                Anyway, we also tried Absolute Bagels. Huge thank you for this recommendation. Some of the best bagels we have had in the city. We also popped out heads into Silver Moon. While plans stopped us from getting anything, we agreed that it was a place we needed to investigate further.

                Oh, and the week prior we tried Dive Bar while watching some football. I had been there before, but never for the food. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the bar food. So the list of places we have tried is growing...still put Buceo at the top (but def enjoyed Cafe du Soleil and the other so far).

                Again, thanks to all that have posted!

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                Dive Bar
                732 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                Cafe du Soleil
                2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                Absolute Bagels
                2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                Cafe Frida
                768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                1. re: Pago77

                  Thanks for reporting back! I'm not a big fan of Tacqueria but I know others who love it. Mill Korean was one of my favorites in that nabe many years ago but, although never authentic, the food quality has declined over the past 10 years. Still worth a try if you are interested in Korean food as there's nothing similar in the area. Enjoy!

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                  The Mill
                  2895 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                  1. re: nativeNYer

                    I find Mill to be inedible at this point. I also used to think it was passable years ago, but after past couple experiences, I'll NEVER eat there again. It's not the matter of authentic or not, it's edible or not, seriously.

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                    The Mill
                    2895 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                    1. re: uwsister

                      Mill was never good. I didn't think it was possible to make Korean food flavorless, but they managed. If you want Korean food, hop on the 1 train to 34th st and walk east. :-)

                      1. re: plf515

                        I really can't disagree with either one of you. Even the duk bok-kee is inedible. I was hooked on that sauce years ago. The rice cakes were always served swimming in it. The flavor is now flat and they practically serve it dry despite repeated requests for extra sauce.

                        1. re: nativeNYer

                          No worries. I really think it used to be better a few years ago. Never good, but edible and passable. No longer! BTW if you still have that craving for dukbokkee, go to Woorijip and grab a prepackaged one in a hot food section. It's surprisingly good, and cheap! As all dukbokkee should be.

                          1. re: uwsister

                            ahhhh, i've been to Woorijip several times. since i was somehow once hooked on the dukbokkee sauce at mill, the woorijip dukbokkee didn't win me over. it wasn't at all that it was bad, of course, but it didn't make me want to run back. i think it is just a matter of the taste i had grown accustomed to (for better and worse) and,obviously, not b/c i know any better. do you know of any restaurants where they serve great dukbokkee? i know it's basic street food in korea and not served everywhere.

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                            Woorijip
                            12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                            1. re: nativeNYer

                              Yeah, it's mostly street food in Korea and doesn't cost more than $2-3 a plate, if that. So it's not something I order often here since it'll cost me $10 and up from what I've seen. You know where I'd try though? The new food court that opened on 32nd St. I know there's a stall that serves boonsik (Korean street food) - that's probably worth a shot.

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                              Food Gallery 32
                              11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                              1. re: uwsister

                                thank you. i did not know about this place!

                                1. re: uwsister

                                  thank you. i have not yet heard about this place.

                      2. re: nativeNYer

                        Tacqueria is best "real" Mexican in UWS - Gabriella's is a total different vibe.

                2. re: Riverman500

                  Wondee Siam is literally right across the street from Thai Market and half as good. No reason to try it.

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                  Thai Market
                  960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                  Wondee Siam V
                  969 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                  1. re: nmprisons

                    I agree. I have been to Wondee twice. It was OK. I have been to Thai Market many times. It is consistently good.

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                    Thai Market
                    960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                3. Kouzan at 93rd & Amsterdam for delicious sushi etc. Cafe Frida is on 77th so why not try Mermaid Inn for great fish and seafood on 88th & Amsterdam

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                  Mermaid Inn
                  568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                  Kouzan
                  685 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

                  Cafe Frida
                  768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                  1. re: trav

                    There is a Cafe Frida on Amsterdam @ 97th. We're very familiar with Mermaid Inn and spots south, but not so much with places in our new neighborhood...hence the post. Thanks for the reply!

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                    Mermaid Inn
                    568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                    Cafe Frida
                    768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                    1. re: trav

                      Can't help myself.......sushi snobbery overwhelming me.....Kouzan as "delicious sushi," must disagree. Adequate. Only really decent sushi (near) the neighborhood is Gari on Columbus and 78th.

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                      Gari
                      370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                      1. re: strangemd

                        I think that Sushi of Gari location has closed. There's still one on the UES, across the park.

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                        Gari
                        370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                        1. re: michelleats

                          Oops -- I have to retract this! The UWS Sushi of Gari is not closed. I thought I'd read that it closed a while back, but just drove by it earlier today and it is very much open.

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                          Gari
                          370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                        2. re: strangemd

                          i view it as decent neighborhood sushi, but not even close to destination worthy.

                          i enjoyed the newish taqueria on 106ish and broadway - I think it was called cascaval?

                          dean's pizzeria is decent as well, although just a bit south of your desired target area

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                          Dean's Pizzeria
                          215 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024

                          Cascabel
                          2799 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                      2. These are v good suggestions; two additions: Bistro Ten 18 (www.bistroten18.com) right on A'dam and 110th. v decent, not-too-expensive tabs. When they have a special wine tasting night, it is worth going! Also, Terrace in the Sky (www.terraceinthesky.com) on the rooftop at 119th and A'dam. 360 views of Manhattan; can sit outside, but plenty of space under cover; try the Sunday brunch some really sunny day; tough to beat the view.

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                        Terrace in the Sky
                        400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027

                        Bistro Ten 18
                        1018 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

                        1. Mama Mexico is awful.

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                          Mama Mexico
                          2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                          1. Taco place on west side of Amsterdam near 107th (sorry, can't remember name).
                            Awash for Ethiopian on Amsterdam near 106th (east side of street)
                            Sip, a nice coffee bar (with food, I think) on west side of Amsterdam near 109th
                            How far uptown: heard great things about Pasticcio (did I get the name right?) on LaSalle west of Broadway (?)
                            Krik Krak, a Haitian place on Amsterdam near 102nd: don't know if it's good, but in case you're looking for that cuisine

                            Bon appetit!

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                            Pisticci
                            125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

                            Awash
                            947 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                            Krik Krak
                            844 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                            Sip
                            998 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                            1. re: rteplow

                              Thanks for the reply. I should have been more specific on the 100s...I meant up to 110 or so, as we are looking for places that are walking distance from the apartment. Need to find new locales to become regulars at in the new neighborhood...

                              And for everyone that has recommended Cascabel, we'd agree that it's pretty good if it's anything like the UES location. Does anyone have any suggestions for a really good burger in the area? And has anyone tried Lido or Zoma (or any of the other places in Harlem along FDB there...we've tried Bier International for a beer and some of its food...we thought it was pretty good).

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                              Zoma
                              2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                              Bier International
                              2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                              Lido
                              2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                              1. re: Pago77

                                Well, I guess it depends on your definition of "walking distance" as we walk to Pisticci all the time.

                                Zoma is the best Ethiopian in the city. And it is far far better than Awash.
                                I'll second or third or whatever:
                                Noche Mexicana (good and way, way better than Mama Mexico which is just awful unless you too have screaming children that you want to drown out with incredibly loud mariachi bands)
                                Gennaro (we like to sit at the bar for drinks and smaller plates)
                                Silver Moon (the best croissants)
                                Rack & Soul is fun (but go to Dinosaur BBQ which is much better, though further away)
                                Charm Thai (we like it fine but we prefer Land Thai further south)
                                Cafe Frida (we like the rear garden; the food is fine; the drinks are quite good)

                                I'd also add:
                                Gabriela's - we like their brunch
                                Lisca - we've only been twice for pasta but the food was very good (and the wait is usually much shorter than Gennaro)
                                Malecon - dominican chicken which DH likes better than the Peruvian chicken at Pio Pio
                                Buca - the new pizza that we have not been to but have been meaning to try
                                Buceo 95 - I think someone mentioned this. we love it.
                                Dive Bar - really good beer selection and eclectic food (some really good for bar food, some not so much)
                                Sal & Carmine's is probably considered the best (generic) slice in the nabe
                                Hummus Place - pretty good spot for lunch

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                                Zoma
                                2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                Dive Bar
                                732 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Charm Thai
                                722 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Rack & Soul
                                258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

                                Gabriela's
                                688 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025

                                El Malecon
                                764 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Pio Pio Salon
                                702 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Mama Mexico
                                2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                Silver Moon Bakery
                                2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                Pisticci
                                125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

                                Lisca
                                660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Gennaro
                                665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Sal & Carmine's
                                2671 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                Land Thai
                                450 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                                Buceo 95
                                201 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

                                Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
                                777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

                                Hummus Place
                                2608 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                Cafe Frida
                                768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                Buca
                                201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

                                Noche Mexicana
                                849 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                1. re: Pago77

                                  You can get a good burger at 5 Guys. Bway & 110.
                                  http://www.chow.com/food-news/89994/i...

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                                  Five Guys Burgers and Fries
                                  2847 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                  1. re: Pago77

                                    Lido is pretty good, but it's not cheap and so it's not a regular destination for me.

                                    Zoma is terrific.

                                    Have you tried the new beergarden that opened on 116th and FDB? It attracts a pretty sizable crowd and I always see people chowing down. A friend went for brunch and recommended it.

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                                    Zoma
                                    2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                    1. re: gloriousfood

                                      You are talking about Harlem Tavern - it's not really a beer garden. The food is okay but not good. It's a friendly place, prices are reasonable, service is harried but they are trying. The outdoor space is fun, haven't been inside.

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                                      Harlem Tavern
                                      2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                    2. re: Pago77

                                      I second LNG212 that Zoma is the best Ethiopian in the city. Awash doesn't compare. Out of your zone but totally worth your trip.

                                      Can't go wrong with Silver Moon Bakery and Absolute Bagels. I also like Indus Valley, Malecon, Noche Mexicana. Some prefer Taqueria Y Fonda - I'm not a Mexican food fan and only have it once in a while so I don't know which one is better. That's probably the taco place on Amsterdam that rteplow is talking about.

                                      Sip is cool 'cause their kitchen is open till 4 a.m. Used to be anyway - haven't been in a while. Food is just decent though, but you can't be too picky at 2 a.m. in this neighborhood. Turkuaz is another place that I remember being solid but again I haven't been in years.

                                      I used to like Rack & Soul for that occasional BBQ craving, but I have to say I was really disappointed with my latest delivery a few months ago and honestly don't think I'll return. I was also disappointed with Cafe Frida, unfortunately.

                                      I guess I should try Thai Market again - we tried it shortly after their opening years ago and it was so bad that we've never gone back since. We will give it another try though, seeing how many people like them. I also love Land Thai, but that's out of your zone.

                                      Mama Mexico is terrible. Downright terrible.

                                      I am sorry to say there's no good Chinese, Japanese, or Korean to recommend in the neighborhood.

                                      Welcome to the neighborhood!

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                                      Zoma
                                      2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                      Thai Market
                                      960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                      Rack & Soul
                                      258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

                                      El Malecon
                                      764 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                      Mama Mexico
                                      2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                      Silver Moon Bakery
                                      2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                      Turkuaz
                                      2637 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                      Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
                                      968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                      Land Thai
                                      450 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                                      Awash
                                      947 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                      Absolute Bagels
                                      2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                      Indus Valley
                                      2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                      Sip
                                      998 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                      Cafe Frida
                                      768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                      Noche Mexicana
                                      849 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025