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Pago77 Sep 15, 2011 07:05 AM

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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    Riverman500 Sep 15, 2011 07:31 AM

    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
      strangemd Sep 15, 2011 07:49 AM

      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

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        nmprisons Sep 15, 2011 08:28 AM

        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
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          michelleats Sep 15, 2011 09:29 PM

          +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
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            vnair2 Sep 16, 2011 08:32 AM

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

            1. re: michelleats
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              Pago77 Sep 20, 2011 06:25 AM

              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
            strangemd Sep 16, 2011 05:50 AM

            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
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              nativeNYer Sep 21, 2011 11:39 PM

              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
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                Pago77 Sep 26, 2011 12:25 PM

                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
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                  nativeNYer Sep 29, 2011 01:00 AM

                  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
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                    uwsister Sep 29, 2011 08:28 AM

                    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
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                      plf515 Sep 29, 2011 12:40 PM

                      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
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                        nativeNYer Sep 29, 2011 11:33 PM

                        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
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                          uwsister Oct 3, 2011 07:26 PM

                          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.

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                            nativeNYer Oct 3, 2011 10:32 PM

                            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
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                              uwsister Oct 4, 2011 09:27 PM

                              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
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                                nativeNYer Oct 6, 2011 12:59 AM

                                thank you. i did not know about this place!

                                1. re: uwsister
                                  n
                                  nativeNYer Oct 6, 2011 01:00 AM

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

                      2. re: nativeNYer
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                        UpperWestFam Oct 5, 2011 09:45 AM

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

                2. re: Riverman500
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                  nmprisons Sep 16, 2011 04:00 AM

                  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
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                    RichardMW Sep 17, 2011 09:00 AM

                    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

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                  trav Sep 15, 2011 07:51 AM

                  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

                  5 Replies
                  1. re: trav
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                    Pago77 Sep 15, 2011 08:08 AM

                    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
                      strangemd Sep 15, 2011 08:36 AM

                      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
                        m
                        michelleats Sep 15, 2011 09:31 PM

                        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
                          m
                          michelleats Sep 17, 2011 06:22 PM

                          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
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                          FattyDumplin Sep 15, 2011 10:39 PM

                          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

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                        Upperwestsider Sep 15, 2011 06:00 PM

                        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

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                          gutsofsteel Sep 15, 2011 07:29 PM

                          Mama Mexico is awful.

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                          Mama Mexico
                          2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                          1. rteplow Sep 16, 2011 05:22 AM

                            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

                            6 Replies
                            1. re: rteplow
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                              Pago77 Sep 16, 2011 05:34 AM

                              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
                                LNG212 Sep 16, 2011 09:01 AM

                                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
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                                  RichardMW Sep 17, 2011 09:14 AM

                                  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
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                                    gloriousfood Sep 17, 2011 06:15 PM

                                    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
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                                      gutsofsteel Sep 18, 2011 07:31 AM

                                      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
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                                      uwsister Sep 21, 2011 06:38 AM

                                      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

                                  2. j
                                    jaba Sep 16, 2011 09:52 AM

                                    Long Grain Thai at 95th is good for standard Americanized Thai.
                                    Agree with the Hummus Place suggestion.
                                    Lisca is great.
                                    Cafe Frida is overpriced and mediocre.
                                    Absolute Bagels is fantastic.
                                    Great gelato at Screme on 94th and Amsterdam.
                                    Jerusalem for excellent falafel and schwarma.

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                                    Lisca
                                    660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                    Absolute Bagels
                                    2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                    Jerusalem Restaurant
                                    2715 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                    Hummus Place
                                    2608 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                    Screme
                                    2030 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                                    Cafe Frida
                                    768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                    Long Grain
                                    2534 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                                    1. re: jaba
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                                      intrepid Sep 21, 2011 06:01 PM

                                      i like absolute also, but think they're over rated

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                                      msny98 Sep 18, 2011 04:17 PM

                                      I like Bodrum, which is one block out of your zone at Columbus 88 / 89

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                                      Bodrum
                                      584 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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                                      1. re: msny98
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                                        intrepid Sep 21, 2011 06:01 PM

                                        we are big fans of bodrum babganoush, hummus pizza salads

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                                        gestalt768 Sep 20, 2011 04:18 PM

                                        I like Buca on 103rd though it's tiny and not comfortable for a long dinner out.
                                        Silver Moon and Absolute Bagels would be treasures in any neighborhood.
                                        Cafe du Soleil is a fun atmosphere and their Moule Frites are very good. Their hamburgers are also excellent.
                                        Henrys on 105th and B'dwy is very comfortable to sit in and they have a fabulous tuna burger which is available for lunch and after 11 PM....I really wish it was available at dinner time as I would go MUCH more often...

                                        My question though is, is there any decent chinese restaurant in the neighborhood....not asking for excellent, just reasonable. Thoughts? I keep thinking if someone were to open something like Szechuan Gourmet in the 90's or 100's it would be such a hit.

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                                        Henry's
                                        2745 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                        Cafe du Soleil
                                        2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                        Absolute Bagels
                                        2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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

                                        3 Replies
                                        1. re: gestalt768
                                          strangemd Sep 21, 2011 09:17 AM

                                          The answer is absolutely not. There really is no decent Chinese food in the neighborhood unless you go down to Grand Sichuan on 74th and Amsterdam.

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                                          Grand Sichuan
                                          307 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

                                          1. re: strangemd
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                                            FattyDumplin Sep 21, 2011 09:39 AM

                                            Grand Sichuan will deliver up to there - think they charge $5, and the food travels well, so that could be an option.

                                            1. re: FattyDumplin
                                              LNG212 Sep 21, 2011 10:15 AM

                                              Hey, great tip, thanks! We've been there only a couple of times and enjoyed what we ate. But we didn't even think to look at the delivery menu because we're up on 96th and just assumed they wouldn't come up this far. That's good to know that they will.

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                                          jeeg Sep 21, 2011 10:17 AM

                                          I moved to Brooklyn from 106th st 5 years ago and the one place I miss is Silver Moon.

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                                            Ann900 Sep 21, 2011 04:55 PM

                                            Calling the food at Mama Mexico simply terrible, is a compliment- it's actually beyond terrible - way beyond terrible.
                                            That said:
                                            rack and Soul's fried chicken is Great- but only go on weekends. That's because Charles Gabriel, the absolutle master of fried chicken in NY (of Charles Southern in Harlem) does the chicken on the weekend. Call first to make sure he's in the kitchen.
                                            I'm surprised no one has mentioned Sun Chan, a real neighborhood favorite. it's a Japanese yakatori place on B'way and 103. The yakatori is charcoal grilled (I'm particularly fond of the bacon wrapped enoki mushroom). They also make terrific Nagoya style chicken wings, great eel casseroles and some pretty good sushi. It's always filled with Japanese students from Columbia. Very reasonable.
                                            Second recs for Indus Valley -very good Indian in any neighborhood, For cheap Mexican I prefer Tacqueria Y Fonda over Noche (very good tacos, not so good gucamole) - but know that it's a real hole in the wall) so if you're looking for something more comfortable Cascabel is a good choice.
                                            Too bad you don't want to venture a bit further north. I think Community Food and Juice serves some of the best food in the neighborhood.
                                            Love Silver Moon and Ansolute, but also keep in mind that the Garden of Eden on B'way and 107 has a great bread counter that gets bread and other baked goods from some of the best bakeries
                                            in the city

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

                                            Sun-Chan
                                            2707 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                            Mama Mexico
                                            2672 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                            Silver Moon Bakery
                                            2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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

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

                                            Absolute Bagels
                                            2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                            Indus Valley
                                            2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                            Garden of Eden
                                            2780 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                            Noche Mexicana
                                            849 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                            Cascabel
                                            2799 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                                              kevin Oct 23, 2011 03:08 PM

                                              does charles gabriel still have his eponymous fried chicken joint on frederick douglas blvd in harlem?

                                              thanks.

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                                              Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken
                                              2837 8th Ave, New York, NY 10039

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                                                rose water Oct 23, 2011 07:20 PM

                                                Yup. It's great.

                                                As for the OP--I've been excited to discover the Park West deli, on CPW at 108th St. From the outside it looks like a straightforward NYC bodega. But they have wonderful rotating mix of Turkish foods. Their zucchini pancakes are awesome (best crisped up at home in a toaster oven rather than microwaved there).

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                                                Park West Foods
                                                477 Central Park W, New York, NY 10025

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                                              intrepid Sep 21, 2011 06:00 PM

                                              im a big fan of the espresso/gelato bar on 94 and amsterdam, the name escapes me now, ill remember shortly and post it

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                                                FattyDumplin Sep 21, 2011 06:08 PM

                                                Scream?

                                                also right there on that corner, Cafe Mochias, which has some nice single origin coffees.

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                                                Caffe Mocias
                                                711 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                                                  intrepid Sep 21, 2011 06:11 PM

                                                  bingo scream, they have a think 3 or 4 in nyc

                                                  they are kosher fyi they answer to a higher authority lolo

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                                                    Riverman500 Sep 22, 2011 03:51 AM

                                                    Screme
                                                    http://screme.com/

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                                                    Screme
                                                    2030 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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                                                mahler5 Sep 22, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                I ate at Picnic Cafe a couple years ago and it was delicious.

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                                                PicNic
                                                2665 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                                                  UpperWestFam Oct 5, 2011 09:50 AM

                                                  Just had a burger at Picnic last week. Bad choice!

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                                                  PicNic
                                                  2665 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                                                  citykid426 Sep 23, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                  Tacqueria y Fonda is the name of the fantastic Mexican place a few people have mentioned on Amsterdam and 107/108 streets. I used to go here during my college days after a roommate took me there once, and there were Mexican people eating there next to the students, which is always a good sign. The people who cook are also Mexican and man they make some serious tacos! Very authentic food and pretty cheap too. The cheese is really gooey and good. Caveat: go easy on that sauce they always give with the chips- it is spicy! I once ate it too fast and my mouth was brining for an hour!

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

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                                                    uwsister Sep 24, 2011 12:53 AM

                                                    One of my favorite meals in the neighborhood is a cheese torta and a glass of horchata at Taqueria Y Fonda, also a remnant from my college years.

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                                                    plf515 Sep 29, 2011 03:32 AM

                                                    Last night I had dinner at Regional, on Broadway and 99th or so; it was quite nice. Nothing amazing, but more than decent. I had the frito misto (mixed fried fish and seafood), and the braesola (air cured beef) and the sweet/sour peppers. That, along with 2 glasses of wine, was about $50. They have a limited but diverse menu

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                                                    Regional
                                                    2607 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                                                      UpperWestFam Oct 5, 2011 09:50 AM

                                                      Just included some suggestions to someone looking for dinner for parents weekend at Columbia:

                                                      Gennaro's (Italian) on 93rd & Amsterdam. aged (steak, continental) on 89th & Broadway. Regional (Italian) 98th & Broadway. Gabriella's (mexican) 93rd & Columbus. Turkuaz (greek/mediterranean) 100th & Broadway - they have belly dancers!

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

                                                      Turkuaz
                                                      2637 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                                      Gennaro
                                                      665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                                      Regional
                                                      2607 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                                                      Aged
                                                      2398 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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                                                        plf515 Oct 6, 2011 02:17 AM

                                                        I've tried all those (and liked them) except Aged. I'll look for your review

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                                                      plf515 Oct 7, 2011 02:42 PM

                                                      In the last couple days I've eaten at Thai Market and at Warique. Both were good, although, dining alone, I sampled small portions of the menus.

                                                      At Thai Market, I had the raw shrimp appetizer - spicy, lime-y and tangy and the raw shrimp had an unusual meaty but chewy texture. A little like raw squid (ika) in Japanese places - not so much the sushi kind as that served in a dish I've had a few times of marinated squid. For my main, I had the pork salad (nam sod). It was good, but not very different from other good versions of this dish.

                                                      At Warique, I had the anticucho (broiled veal hearts) - quite tasty; somewhat like other organ meats I've had, with a nice spicy white sauce, and the ceviche de pescado, which had a nice balance of onion, lime, and spice.

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                                                      Thai Market
                                                      960 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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