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where to eat 72nd street and Columbus avenue area

I am looking for recommendations for restaurants in the area between CPW and Amsterdam, low 70's.
Nothing crazy expensive or overly fancy. Just a relaxed place(s) where I can take a couple of friends. Open to all kinds of food, ethnic or otherwise, quality important and on the quiet side.

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  1. Cafe Ronda on Columbus bet. 71-72 has good small plates, Spanish and other varieties of Latin. Good drinks. Noise level depends on the time of day.

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    Cafe Ronda
    249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: chrisbob

      that's my suggestion too...i lived on 68th/CPW for a few months once, and Cafe Ronda was the only place i'd go regularly...i feel the rest of the area is a culinary wasteland...

      1. re: Simon

        The following are not top picks... rather they are top for the area picks... because it is a slim pickins up here

        Pasta - I like the spaghetti at Bello Giardino on 70th and Columbus (and it is priced well) (I do not like Pomodoro... which gets swarmed for some reason)

        Asian - Grand Sichuan on Amsterdam at 73rd

        Sushi - Tenzan at Columbus and 74th is okay. Some folks disagree

        +1 on Cafe Ronda

        Ocean Grill up at Columbus and 79th is pretty good

        And Columbus Tavern.... huge fail

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        Cafe Ronda
        249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Ocean Grill
        384 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        Bello Giardino
        71 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

        Tenzan
        285 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Grand Sichuan
        307 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Columbus Tavern
        269 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: artgirl

            yes, it is.

            Cotta in the 80s is probably the best italian in the neighborhood. Joanne is opening soon, but there's no telling what the prices will be like. there's another new italian place - Macavelli - that opened not long ago. looks nice...a bit fancy maybe.

            stay out of Columbus Tavern and Jalapeno.

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            Jalapeno
            185 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            Columbus Tavern
            269 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            Cotta
            513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Machiavelli
            519 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Joanne
            70 W 68th St, New York, NY 10023

      2. re: chrisbob

        There's also a Pain Quotidien on 72nd just south of Columbus

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        Le Pain Quotidien
        50 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

        1. re: mahler5

          If quality is important, I'd consider Telepan, although it's more expensive than most of these suggestions. I also like Epices du Traiteur, although not everyone is a fan.

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          Telepan
          72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

          Epices
          103 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

      3. Josie's could work for you. i haven't been in some time, but they do a perfectly roasted chicken with haricot vert and some very good salads. it's a tough corner. i live right there and usually leave the neighborhood when dining out.

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        Josie's
        300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: coasts

          +1 on Josie's.. def not fancy but always okay and pseudo healthy/natural too

        2. There's a turkish restaurant called Seven's on 72nd between Columbus and Amsterdam. I haven't eaten there, but it looks nice and I have also read good reviews. You can usually find a discount certificate on restaurant.com to make it an even better deal.

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          Seven's Turkish Grill
          158 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

          1. How about Salumeria Rossi?

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            Salumeria Rosi
            283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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            1. re: thegforceny

              Pretty good food, I prefer it for lunch to dinner. not cheap at all for what it is (IMHO)