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nyc_to_ma Jun 17, 2013 04:26 PM

Thank you to everyone who helped with my earlier oatmeal request.

Now something different -- can anyone recommend somewhere on the Upper East Side for a casual dinner or snacks/drinks on a Saturday night? We'll be heading there after the Guggenheim, so anything from about 72nd street up to about 110th would work.

We'll be about 6 people, and either a sit down restaurant or a bar with food would work. Any cuisine, but preferably not Italian or standard bar food (both are hard with my gluten intolerance). Mexican, Thai, Mediterranean / Greek, and Japanese usually work well.

I know there are a bunch of new places in the East 80s - 90s, but don't really know them as I haven't lived in the city for a few years. Trying to avoid the many terrible restaurants in that area.

Oh, and a low price point would be best -- entrees around $15-20, or apps / snacks for less than $15.


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    GaryUES RE: nyc_to_ma Jun 17, 2013 07:31 PM

    Your price-point is tough. Check out El Paso on Lexington (103-104); also Yo In Yo Out on Lex (100-101).

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      kathryn RE: nyc_to_ma Jun 17, 2013 07:55 PM

      I believe Cascabel Taqueria's UES location has gluten free items.

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        whitneybee RE: kathryn Jun 18, 2013 09:31 AM

        I'm gluten free and have safely eaten at Cascabel a number of times.

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          nyc_to_ma RE: kathryn Jun 19, 2013 08:56 AM

          Cascabel would be perfect. The last time I tried to go there it was packed with a very long wait, but that was a few years ago. How crazy busy would it be on a Saturday night at about 8 or 8:30? Any idea?

        2. JungMann RE: nyc_to_ma Jun 18, 2013 06:39 AM

          ABV and Kaia are both interesting wine bars that I think qualify among the best reasonably-priced options for an out of the ordinary dinner on the UES. For Mediterranean, Beyoglu should be on your list. For Japanese, you may be able to do Tori Shin at your price range or Gajyumaru. Mexican is doable: MXCo and Cascabel are both popular, but your better options are further uptown in Spanish Harlem. The tortas and cemitas at Cafe Ollin are definitely travel worthy.

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            nyc_to_ma RE: JungMann Jun 19, 2013 08:57 AM

            Cafe Ollin looks great -- do you know how busy it tends to be on weekend nights?

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              JungMann RE: nyc_to_ma Jun 19, 2013 09:18 AM

              It's a small spot but I've never had any trouble showing up without reservations and it's extremely rare that I've had to wait excessively for an order to be prepared.

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              UES Mayor RE: JungMann Jun 20, 2013 04:36 AM

              I always consider Tori Shin very pricey-probably because we always get omakase. If you order individual plates, it might add up since portions small. BTW Gajyumaru no longer there-it has new sign-I think it says Greenbay sushi.

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              keving RE: nyc_to_ma Jun 18, 2013 06:44 PM

              B cafe (Belgian). Good and price point is in your ballpark.

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