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Cozy Midtown East Spots?

fcipollo Jun 25, 2012 01:55 PM

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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    fcipollo Jun 26, 2012 07:30 AM

    All great responses. Thanks guys! The list is building :)

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      peter j Jun 26, 2012 07:18 AM

      I like the food at The National even though it's a hotel restaurant.

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      1. re: peter j
        RCC Jun 27, 2012 05:02 PM

        I, too, like the food at The National eve though it's a hotel restaurant.

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          princeofpork3 Jun 28, 2012 06:58 AM

          I actually have had 2 bad meals there. What did you like. of the 4 entrees ordered the burger was the only decent thing.

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            RCC Jun 28, 2012 07:37 AM

            We had bar foods:

            Ugly Burger
            Chicken Wings

            I'd rate the food B/B+ which is above average as far as my rating goes.

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        HealthyPantz Jun 26, 2012 06:57 AM

        Sofia Wine Bar on 50th btwn 2nd/3rd is a great, cozy little space. Great wine list, pizzas, and I personally have a love for their tuna tar tar, which is a generous heaping of tuna atop a mound of avocado, tomato, and sprouts.


        1. Motosport Jun 26, 2012 06:37 AM

          Al Bustan for great authentic Middle Eastern food.

          1. erica Jun 26, 2012 04:15 AM

            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
              Simon Jun 27, 2012 01:50 PM

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

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              michelleats Jun 25, 2012 09:33 PM

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

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                peter j Jun 25, 2012 02:03 PM

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

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                  fcipollo Jun 25, 2012 02:28 PM

                  Cafe Mogador or an Alta.

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                  RussianGirl Jun 25, 2012 02:03 PM

                  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
                    fcipollo Jun 25, 2012 02:28 PM

                    Thank you!

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                      princeofpork3 Jun 27, 2012 03:29 PM

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

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