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Looking for vegetarian friendly restaurant in UWS

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I will be in town next weekend staying in the upper west side (89th & Columbus) with a few friends, several of whom are vegetarian. I'm looking for a few recs for places where we can all go get a good dinner. The restaurant itself doesnt need to be vegetarian as long as there are a few good options we can get. Preferably a place where we dont need a reservation for dinner on a Friday night, though we are OK with waiting 30-45 minutes for a table if necessary.

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  1. Mana, Josie's.

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

    Mana
    646 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

    1. Mermaid Inn, Gennaro

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      Mermaid Inn
      568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      Gennaro
      665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

      1. Perhaps Kefi? Though I've always gone in with a reservation during dinner time -- so don't know how long the wait would be on a Friday night.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          Kefi is a good choice. For example, with the meze plate, they will swap out the one fish one and add in a double of one of the others per your choice. But you are right, it gets absolutely packed on Friday nights and the wait might be quite long without a reservation.

          I'd also second the Gennaro rec above, though again, on a Friday night there will be a wait. If the OP means actual vegetarians, then Mermaid Inn is a terrible choice. But if the OP really means pescatarians, then it works.

          I'd also suggest Cotta on Columbus and 85th. There might be a wait but the food is very good and there are lots of veg choices.

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          Mermaid Inn
          568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

          Gennaro
          665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          Kefi
          505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

          Cotta
          513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

        2. Saravana Bahan on Amsterdam between 79 and 80, all vegetarian South Indian.

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          Saravanaa Bhavan
          413 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

          1. Spring. Columbus and 83rd (or 82nd). Very good.

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            Spring Natural Kitchen
            476 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024