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French or Italian on UES or UWS, where we can talk

bawc Apr 7, 2013 07:06 PM

Need a restaurant recommendation upper mid-price range on UES or UWS. Taking a friend to dinner who has a limited diet due to side effect from radiation treatment, so cannot handle cream or vegetables, which is why we thought of Italian or French. I am staying with my family in the East 70's, and she lives in the West 60's, so anything between 60s and 90's on either side of the park. Since that is a treatment day for her, we need to stay relatively local and low key--nothing too loud, we are old friends catching up. I thought of Spigolo, but I heard the space is uncomfortable, any thoughts?

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    nezzie Apr 10, 2013 09:09 PM

    On Second Ave. between 70th and 71st are two good choices - a small French Bistro (JEAN CLAUDE) where the food is consistently good and it's never noisy. A few doors away is BOTTEGA - excellent Italian and, by the way, great soups made without any cream or butter! Good luck!

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      bawc Apr 9, 2013 01:48 PM

      I used to live on the UWS, so I know La boite en bois well. The table are a very cramped. I think we want something more upscale than that--just not Daniel!

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        GoldFishCrackers Apr 9, 2013 01:59 PM


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          H Manning Apr 9, 2013 02:07 PM


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          GoldFishCrackers Apr 9, 2013 01:27 PM

          La Boite en Bois on W68th

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            JeffOverley Apr 9, 2013 07:32 AM

            For French on the UWS, the French Coast is a very affordable and reliable spot with simple bistro-style fare. Bistro Cassis and La Boite en Bois are also well-regarded and moderately priced.

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              bawc Apr 8, 2013 05:23 AM

              I had forgotten about Alloro, last time I went I thought the food was excellent, although the space is a bit weird. Is there anything like it on the West side?

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                dyrewolf Apr 8, 2013 05:14 AM

                Bello Giardino on West 70th or 71st just off Columbus is well priced, very decent Italian with a glorious back garden for a nice warm day.

                1. erica Apr 8, 2013 04:42 AM

                  A bit far south, but pretty and quiet, with food that should please, if not excite, both of you. Amenable.


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                    americanafan Apr 8, 2013 04:31 AM

                    I'd suggest Alloro on the Upper East Side, and Spiga on the Upper West Side.

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                      UES Mayor Apr 8, 2013 04:08 AM

                      Spigolo is not the same as when original owner Scott ran the place. He "left" several months ago and everyone I talked to who I knew from dining there said it is not the same quality or atmosphere-albeit very small. I think Quartorze Bis on 79th between 2nd and 1st would be great. Perfect for conversation.

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                        nats79 Apr 7, 2013 11:30 PM

                        Lusardi's on 77th and 2nd?

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