New Neighborhood: 86th Between Lexington & 3rd Ave.
Daughter has moved to a new neighborhood on the UES (from near NYU). Interested in learning of any local favorites or small gems, especially in the middle to lower price ranges near by. Info on restaurants, take out or food shops, etc. appreciated.
Welcome to the neighborhood. I moved to the area a few years ago when it was a wasteland compared to my college years downtown, but the situation has vastly improved and it's a wonderfully friendly place with decent-to-great places for anyone with an appreciation for food.
Schaller & Weber
Dinner with Friends
Pitch & Fork
Drinks and dinner
Kaia Wine Bar
Two Little Red Hens
Vinus & Marc
Cheap Delivery: Ichiro, Adam's Chinese
Agree with other suggestions, but must add Agata and Valentina (a step up from Fairway, which I love), and Orwasher's around the corner from A+V for the best breads in NY. For spicy Thai, it's Joya. Le Bistro D'A Cote is also reasonable and good French. For Chinese, Shanghai Pavilion (esp. for fish), Wa Jeal for Szechuan, and Pig Heaven has the biggest, juiciest spare ribs ever. Maruzzella is another good, reasonable Italian. Maz Mezcal has excellent mole poblano. Ottomanelli's for a thick burger. Treat yourself to the bread pudding French Toast at Corner Bakery (also good for take-out). Pizza, Pintaile's for thin crust pizza. Zebu Grill for Brazilian. Coffee shop/diners: Gracie Mews or Mansion Diner.
Assuming real estate agents haven't coined some synthetic neologism for it, that neighbourhood is called Yorkville.
It has a very interesting history (there was a stagecoach terminus right on the corner of 3rd & 86th, for heaven's sake!); you might want to check it out in the "Encyclopaedia of New York City".
Rathbones, Finnegan's Wake and JG Melon for bar burgers. Bare Burger will be opening soon on 87th and 1st.
Tell her to try the lunch special at the new Au Jus on 1st and 91st. Great slow roasted meats (lamb, pork, beef).
Glaser's Bakery has a great black and white cookie.
Heidi's House (a door or two down from Orwashers) has great food and a nice vibe.
DTUT has reopened in a new location on 2nd around 91st. It's a good place to kill time with a cup of a coffee (when the mommy-and-me stroller patrol isn't in full force).
Cascabel Taqueria for tacos.
Thanks for the replies folks. The daughter hasn't had a chance to explore much. Setting up housekeeping, first apartment/job out of college, etc. But all of these tips will no doubt ease her transition. Sounds like a decent place to live, at least from a food standpoint.