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Cozy Midtown East Spots?

I live in Midtown East but always go to other neighborhoods when it comes to finding cozy, comfortable spots to eat some good food. Everything in my vicinity is either a steakhouse or stop old-school, stale joint.

Can any of you recommend a few cute places with solid food (I'm open to anything) anywhere in the 40-60th street range?

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  1. Felice - corner of 64th and 1st
    Cello - 53rd btw 2nd and 3rd
    Another cute, little wine bar (can't remember name) on 59th btw 1st and 2nd

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      1. re: RussianGirl

        +1 for Felice. Get a spot at the bar and enjoy a good meal
        Jubilee

      2. Just for reference, which places do you like in other neighborhoods?

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        1. A booth at Aburiya Kinnosuke defines cozy. Make sure you reserve, though. They're usually booked full for dinner.

          1. Jubilee just opened in a new location on FirstAvenuein the old Billy's space @ 52nd St.

            Deux Amis on East 51st has its fans.

            Cafe Ze is a beautiful spot in a converted carriage house; he plans to open a second place on First a few blocks south of current location.

            These 3 are bright spots, relatively speaking, in the food desert of the far east 50s.

            Also: On Second, Gulloglu has savory turkish pastries and light fare, as well as sweets. Service is problematic. One of a few Turkish spots in the immediate vicinity.

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            1. re: erica

              i like the old Jubilee space, esp the dark little bar in the back...what's the new space like?

            2. Al Bustan for great authentic Middle Eastern food.