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Amazing help over the years, thanks to all for constructive advice. In town for only a few hours for a funeral so want to stay close to 70s & Madison if possible. Have done the usual Sushi Gari, Daniel, Cafe Boulud, wondering if anything new (wife is gluten free) since Fall 2013 in the area that is special? Thanks again.

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  1. http://ristorantemorini.com/

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      1. re: scoopG

        How does that help new since fall 13?

        I would agree with gforce, Morini would be a nice choice for you. I have only been once but enjoyed my meal there. Glad I wasn't paying though.

        1. re: MVNYC

          With trepidation, I may try Morini. (So many negatives on Yelp--and I AM paying!). Thanks for thoughts...but please don't feel as though this discussion has been fully vetted.

          1. re: Mlmarvin

            I take Yelp reviews with a grain of salt regardless but the ones for Morini seem pretty petty or from people with few reviews.

            1. re: MVNYC

              That's fair. I try to give reasonable rating to them (on both extremes). Was just hoping for a few more that were effusive. But your point is a good one.

            2. re: Mlmarvin

              I have been going to Morini now several visits-going back this eve. Why-I think food and service is great!

              1. re: UES Mayor

                Thanks...I appreciate your input!

        2. It may not count as finer dining, but East Pole is new and has been getting some good press: http://www.theeastpolenyc.com/home/

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          1. re: loratliff

            Thank you, and it's def not a requirement to spend $$$$, just enjoy good food in a nice atmosphere! Appreciate your thoughts.

          2. The newish location of salumeria rosi is on madison and 72nd....
            http://m.salumeriarosi.com/en_ny2/

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Now THAT is valuable info (among others). Thanks so much...I now may be set up for next UES visit too!

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                Must say I didn't love eastside salumeria rosi. Food was ok, not great for the price, and i thought it was overly formal. Trying too hard to be Madison Ave.

                1. re: JC2

                  I agree -- I think the food is far better at Morini. Caravaggio is also very good and has an interesting menu. The service is excellent at both. Caravaggio has a well-priced lunch prix fixe menu, and has the added bonus of actually serving lunch, not brunch, on Saturdays and Sundays.

                  Haven't read any Yelp reviews on Morini, but have no complaints based on two dinners. Yes, it is expensive, but I've had two wonderful meals there. I particularly enjoyed the agnolotti with duck confit and celery root.

                  I do like to purchase food at the counter in the front at Salumeria Rossi -- the focaccia is one of the best I've ever had. We often stop in after lunch at a nearby restaurant and stock up on focaccia, cheese and salumi for dinner. After a nap, of course.