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Last minute UES rec for a late Thursday night dinner?

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Going to a lecture/event at the Cosmopolitan Club tomorrow night and looking for a good dinner choice afterward, probably for an 8:30-9pm seating. Would prefer somewhere walkable from there and where I don't need a reservation since I'm not sure what time exactly we'll be done.

Have been to Bella Blu several times and really like it, but would prefer to do something different nearby this time. Good French, Italian (but not Italian-American), or other European preferred. Would also like to keep the tab under/around $150 for say a bottle of wine, entrees, and shared app/dessert.

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  1. Well, I see no one responded, but I wanted to mention we ended up at Barbaresco on Lexington and had a lovely meal. Chicken livers in vin santo were outstanding, followed by osso buco and risotto milanese; sweetie had a pasta and then the red snapper with fennel. All was excellent. With dessert, espresso and and nice bottle of red the total was just about $160 before tip, very reasonable for the area. I would go back any time, solid Italian well-prepared and with a few interesting twists.