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4 days upper east side with my mom -- anything good in (short) walking distance of Courtyard?

I'm bringing my mother to NY for medical appts mid-May. We're staying at the Courtyard Marriott (410 East 92nd Street). My mother hasn't traveled in years and likely won't again, so I don't want to waste meals on bad food :) She can walk several blocks and we can take cabs. I will be paying for all meals/cabs, so I'd like to keep breakfast and lunch reasonable, close, and healthy -- although we definitely need a good pizza slice for one lunch. I don't mind splurging a little on dinner (maybe $60pp without drinks?). She loves all kinds of food and is adventurous (and she is unbelievably excited about this trip despite the med issues). We definitely need a good farm to table option for dinner. Any suggestions?

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  1. I did a little research for you, alem, but since I don't live in Yorkville myself, all I found on CH were slim pickings -you'll really need someone who lives around there to help you substantively. [I'm guessing 410E.92 is closest to York.]
    Anyway:

    For recommended take-out (although this is fairly far west for what you're asking):
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906822

    Farm > Table (this thread is kind of a dud, since only one of the recommendations is actually in that neighbourhood):
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9713...

    One could characterise that part of town as an uptown frat row, so whatever gems you find (around the 92nd St. Y, perhaps; or one of the Candles?) will be real diamonds in the rough.

    Good luck, and I hope your mother recovers quickly.

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    1. re: Phil Ogelos

      It's more of a family area than frat house these days.

      Ottomanelli's for lunch has great burgers with the lunch specials.

      Cafe D'Alsace is a nice choice for lunch or dinner. Diagonally across the street on the corner is an Asian place, I think mostly Vietnamese, but I can't remember the name. Reasonable, delicious, good atmosphere.

      1. re: Phil Ogelos

        There's a Brick Lane Curry at 93rd and 3rd Ave. Better than average Indian.

        1. re: Mike C. Miller

          My friend swears by Drunken Monkey. I don't think they have a website, but apparently they're new and the food is delish. http://www.yelp.com/biz/drunken-munke...

      2. This previous thread has some good ideas:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931413

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8798...

        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...

        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/1...

        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

        Also note that you can easily take an MTA bus going uptown on 1st ave or downtown on 2nd ave since you are a walk from any subway stop.

        Many of the restaurants mentioned will also deliver directly to your hotel for free (its customary to tip the delivery guy) if there is a night you would prefer to stay in.

        1. There is a very nice slice joint on Lexington Avenue between 92/93 Street on the west side of the street for a good piece of Neopolitan style pizza. Also, I recommend a website called serious eats nyc. Besides having general info about eating in ny they also have neighborhood guides.

          1. I just took a look at the menu of Paola's ,on 92nd and Madison . the price fits into your range and I have eaten there many times for lunch and can recommend it for lunch or dinner. There is also a wonderful restaurant called Antonucci on east 81 street. very reasonable priced and full of upper east side residents, with an extensive menu. Both of these are popular neighborhood spots and if either interest you, make a reservation as far in advance as you can.

            1. You guys are great -- thank you so much for spending time looking around for me! I didn't realize the character of the neighborhood -- we had Marriott points, so ...
              I'll check these out :)

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              1. re: alermar

                I'm a Yorkviller (the only one in the "dud" thread above). Family has stayed at your hotel. Suggestions: Firstly, you're in restaurant heaven for delivery to your room from roughly E 79th to 96th. For pizza: Pintaile's for thin crust (delivered), for French pizza there's La Tarte Flambee dine-in or delivery (2nd&91st), and Nick's on 2nd av. We like Corner Bakery for breakfast/brunch (alas, the bread pudding French toast is no longer on the menu)-- also very good prepared foods to go. For cheap, but delicious chicken lunch or dinner, Pio Pio, Peruvian close-by on 1st. Ottomanelli OK, there's also Burger Bistro on 1st. or Bareburger on 1st. Not a fan of Cafe D'Alsace, instead get old-time atmosphere at the Heidelberg (German pancake for lunch, or great potato pancakes anytime) on 2nd (85-86). Eli's Vinegar Factory on 91st (1-York) for high quality baked or prepared foods to go. For good tapas and wine: Cavatappo Grill (1st, 88-89). For a lovely atmosphere and good Italian, try Italianissimo 84th (1-2) or Luna Rosa on 85th (1-2), or Antonucci. For enjoyable Mexican, Maz Mezcal on 86th (1-2nd) has excellent Chicken Mole Poblano. For good, pleasant French, Jacques on 85th (1-2nd). For pleasant non-spicy Chinese and nice atmosphere, there's Chef Ho on 2nd., and for delivery, I like Shanghai Pavillion (esp their fish), Wa Jeal (spicy), and Pig Heaven (wonderful ribs). There's Zebu Grill on 92nd (1-2nd) for a pleasant Brazilian meal. For a wonderful bakery (w a few stools) Two Little Red Hens on 2nd (85-86).

                1. re: GaryUES

                  This post covers options nicely. While Infirmary on 90th and 2nd may look like a cocktail lounge, they actually have a delicious menu of Louisiana cuisine (the owner is from NOLA). It's quickly becoming one of my favorite places to grab a bite in the immediate area.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    What do you get there? Couldn't find the menu online

                    1. re: MVNYC

                      The gumbo is stellar. Beef po boy with debris and New Orleans barbecue shrimp and grits are also winners. The only dish I recall not liking were the Natchitoches meat pies.

                      1. re: City Kid

                        Perhaps a bit off-topic, but in walking distance for you and from the Marriott on a nice morning, the tamale lady who used to sell outside the 96th Street subway only on weekday mornings around Christmastime seems to have set herself up for a year-round operation. Good, fresh tamales being a bit difficult to find, I consider her worth the trip. Particularly since I'm writing while tucking into her spicy chicken tamal in salsa verde right now.

                        1. re: JungMann

                          Can you give us the cross street? I'm a sucker for a good chicken tamal with salsa verde.

                          1. re: foodiemom10583

                            If it's "outside the 96th Street subway, " mom, the 'cross street' should be Lexington Avenue (unless it's moved over to Second already!)

                            1. re: Phil Ogelos

                              Sorry about my subway ignorance, Phil. I have a disability that makes subway travel dangerous and painful for me. Prior to that, I worked and lived near Washington Square and I rarely went above Columbus Circle (except for museums and Central Park).

                            2. re: foodiemom10583

                              96th Street just east of Lexington on the north side of the street standing near the subway/Starbucks. She sometimes also has atole, which will help with the spice if you order your tamales con pica.

                              1. re: JungMann

                                Perfect, Jung! Thank you for the very specific info. I'm excited to pick some up the next time we're in the city.

                      2. re: GaryUES

                        +1 for Pio Pio, Heidelberg, and Maz Mezcal.

                        I'm surprised Sfoglia restaurant on 92nd and Lex isn't mentioned here, they use locally sourced ingredients and their meat is generally organic. Great wine list too!

                        Yefsi restaurant (78th and York) isn't exactly walking distance but it's the best Greek/Cyprian food on the UES.