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Sunday in NY-lunch before plane to Europe-Upper East Side

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We want to have a good meal before getting that plane food. Husband likes deli, I like pizza (last time we went to NY after having told many people that you cannot get a bad pizza in NY, we had a bad bready tasting pizza). It has been a while and I do not know the upper east side (near the 80s but up or down is ok) that well. Also, is there a good bakery near the east 80s with good cookies (for the plane) that is open on Sunday? Any suggestions welcome. Looking for good food but not upscale, neighborhood.

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  1. One of our favorite bakey in the city is along 2nd Ave near 86th. Two Little Red Hens. Lots of goodies available.
    http://www.twolittleredhens.com/

      1. Glasers Bake Shop, 1st and 87th. Old school. Great black and whites. Amazingly friendly service. And for pizza I like San Matteo on 2nd and 90th www.sanmatteopanuozzo.com
        Deli? 2nd Ave deli opened a location on 75th & First. Haven't been so don't know if it's as good as other location.

        1. Thanks to all (and anymore who may reply!). All recs sound good in one way or another and just what I was looking for. Jane A., have you been to Cafe D'Alsace yourself? It sounds good but has some real mixed reviews on the link you sent. Both bakeries sound great. Now I am hungry for pizza and black and whites.

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          1. re: tvmovielover

            Yes, I've been to Café d'Alsace and find it passably good. It's not a destination restaurant by any means - more of a neighborhood standby - a step or two up from a diner. It's part of a chain which includes Marseilles, and my favorite, Nice Matin, which are both on the West Side. If you're looking for a brunch place in the east 80's, I think it should do. Checking most restaurant reviews, I find they tend to be quite variable - partly because restaurants can have off nights and marginal personnel, and partly because of patrons with unrealistic expectations.

            1. re: Jane A.

              "I've been to Café d'Alsace and find it passably good. It's not a destination restaurant by any means - more of a neighborhood standby - a step or two up from a diner."

              I agree.

          2. I don't know about cookies all that much, but you might try Fishtail by David Burke on62 nd Street a little west of Lexington and follow that up by goodies from Le Pain Quotidien on Lexington between 63/64 Street. quite good food at Fishtail and the goodies from LPQ are really excellent.