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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.

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  1. Tal Bagels on 86th near 2nd is my favorite bagel place in the city.

    1. 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.

      Prepared Food/Groceries
      Schaller & Weber
      Milano Market

      Dinner with Friends
      Pitch & Fork
      Tarte Flambee

      Drinks and dinner
      Kaia Wine Bar
      Pony Bar
      The Penrose

      Luke's Lobster
      Shake Shack
      Burger Bistro
      El Aguila

      Wa Jeal
      Naruto Ramen

      Two Little Red Hens
      Cafe Sabarsky

      Neighborhood Places
      Pio Pio
      Vinus & Marc
      Caledonia Pub

      Cheap Delivery: Ichiro, Adam's Chinese

      1. 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.

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        1. re: GaryUES

          Yes of course to Agata and Orwasher's. Would also add Citarella on 1st and 75th for fresh fish and the Corner Bakery on 94th and Third for excellent sweet baked goods.

        2. Please add Sable's on Second Ave. & E. 78 St. for smoked fish and Cafe d'Alsace on Second Ave. & E. 88 St. for French bistro.

          1. 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".

            1. 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.

              1. Pastrami Queen a few blocks down Lex is amazing!!! They deliver too!!
                Get a pastrami sammich (hand cut) on rye and one of their home made knishs.
                The sammich is big enough to feed two!!

                1. 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.

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                  1. re: Mike C. Miller

                    Bets of luck to her. One last note: a stop at Schaller and Weber on 2nd bet 86-85 is a trip back into the German past of Yorkville. Excellent wurst and other products. the Old Heidelberg Restaurant next door is the only remaining German restaurant in the area.

                  2. For Greek, I've enjoyed Ithaka when I've been in the neighborhood.

                    1. Agora- BYOB and wonderful Mediterranean cooking family style on 80th(?) off Second Ave. Small restaurant so go early.

                      1. I live up there too...I would like to add Tiramisu on 80th and 3rd to the mix, as well as East End Kitchen on 81st between York and East End.