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Bar Boulud on the UWS might be an option - very nice wine program (including flights) and many lovely dishes, especially the charcuterie. It's spendy but not extravagant.

Jul 17, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe Closing

Here's a post that discusses some of the factors:

http://www.ezracompany.com/2012/04/30...

Jun 24, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Liquor store in Manhattan with the best prices for Bourbon and Whiskey?

Edit: Somehow didn't see Erica had already rec'd PJ - in any event, it's a great bet.

Jun 01, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Humanely raised pork?

This looks excellent, can't believe I've never been, many thanks.

May 31, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Liquor store in Manhattan with the best prices for Bourbon and Whiskey?

So, this is way north, but PJ Wine in Inwood is by far the cheapest spot I've visited in Manhattan (and I've been to Warehouse a million times). Scored a 1.75L of Knob Creek for around $52.99, if I recall correctly. Big place, big selection, tiny prices. It's right off the A & 1 lines, for what it's worth.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pj-wine-new-york

May 31, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Humanely raised pork?

Looking for grocer / butcher that carries humanely raised pork shoulder / butt. Doesn't need to be organic, Berkshire, etc. I love Flying Pigs Farm at Greenmarket but it's like $40 for a big cut. Near UWS would be ideal but open to anywhere. (Fairway carries organic chops and loin but nothing good for BBQ.) Any help would be great, thanks!

May 31, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

Hey, if it sounds reasonable to you, have at it. All I'm saying is that the pricing seems very steep - this picture of the banana split doesn't tempt me to spend $18+tax, even if the flavors are presumed to be excellent.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/morgen...

May 27, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Maine foodies on the UWS in June: anything wonderful?

Legend is another respectable bet for Szechuan - two locations on the UWS, one on 72nd, one on 109th.

I'll also second X'ian - super-cheap, very distinctive.

May 27, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

Maybe it's my lack of a serious sweet tooth, but those prices - yeesh. $18 for a banana split!

May 27, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

Kefi is still excellent, probably the best value on the entire UWS. Also ...

Burke & Wills (little-noticed Australian/New American spot)
Grandaisy (for the veggie pizza slices)
Sushi Yasaka (consistently great value)
B. Cafe (mussels + good beer)
George Keeley (solid pub food + world-class beer)
Bar Boulud (for the charcuterie)
Tolani (ecletic small plates, very nice wines + barrel-aged cocktails)
Cafe Tallulah (strictly for cocktails + setting)
Jacob's Pickles (damn unhealthy but tasty)
Caffe Storico (superb Italian spot w/grand setting inside NY Historical Society)
A Voce (Columbus Circle, spendy but impressive Italian)
Atlantic Grill (brunch is killer, includes free cocktail)
Cocina Economica (nice modern Mexican)

Finally ...

Tessa (new, haven't been, but hearing good things so far)
Bustan (ditto)

May 24, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Low-key pub with great burgers and beer

I would think you'd be safe arriving at 6ish but maybe call to be sure. The place fills up but not that early, and I don't know that it ever gets crazy - it's a fun bar but not a nutso place with everyone standing shoulder to shoulder. Also, most of the tables seat five people and you can probably squeeze in a sixth if needed.

May 05, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Red Farm Uptown- Wonderful!!

RedFarm is very much a love-it or hate-it place - my view is that its Yelp score gets dragged down not so much by issues with the food but rather the high prices or the fast-paced, non-leisurely dining experience.

May 04, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Dinner before or after Broadway? [Patsy's?]

Dining afterward will be less crowded, although assuming your show gets out around 11, there will also be fewer options. Here are various possibilities in and around Times Square:

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

May 02, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Where should I buy food 'souvenirs' in NYC?

Just to build on Kathryn's excellent suggestions, I'd say definitely black-and-white cookies (you can get a value box at Fairway, and they'll keep for several days) and if we're extending this to liquor, then Brooklyn-based Greenhook Ginsmiths sells one of the finest gins anywhere for about $32 per bottle (available at most wine shops). And yes, the Jacques Torres spicy hot chocolate is nuts.

May 01, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan
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Low-key pub with great burgers and beer

George Keeley might be an option. It's on the UWS, so the crowd is more 30-somethings as opposed to 21-year-old douchelings. People rave about the burgers (although I've never tried 'em), the ambiance is classic, and the beer selection is really truly outstanding - lots of bottles + rotating taps and free samples from the super-friendly bartenders.

http://georgekeeley.com/

Apr 30, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan
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Manhattan Best Bites, $3 and under

Slices at Patsy's ($1.75), crispy fish tacos at Dorado ($2.95), egg + cheese on a roll at local bodega (~$2), tacos at El Aguila ($3), honorable mentions to the tacos at Taco Mix ($3.50) as well as the butternut squash or cauliflower slices at Grandaisy ($3.50).

Apr 20, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

ABC Kitchen vs Scarpetta

Had the pleasure of visiting both recently, and definitely vote ABC. Scarpetta was certainly very good, but the pastas didn't quite live up the hype, whereas ABC was flawless (had crudo, pasta and a glorious mushroom pizza).

Apr 01, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

New(-ish) UWS restaurants

Maybe you're thinking of Kefi on Columbus near 85th? It's Mediterranean, blending Italian and Greek. Not new but re-opened fairly recently after lengthy closure.

Mar 25, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Good mexican restaurant in Manhattan?

I'd recommend walking along East 116th Street in Spanish Harlem, roughly between Second Avenue and Park Avenue. You'll see ladies making tortillas in windows and in front of small restaurants, and can hop from place to place trying different things, i.e. goat at El Aguila, al pastor and suadero at Taco Mix, etc.

Mar 25, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

South African

This might not check all your boxes, but Tolani on the UWS pours lots of South African wines and even makes its own biltong as part of a fairly eclectic menu.

http://tolaninyc.com/menu/

Mar 17, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Mountain Bird

This mostly jibes with my experience, except I think it's definitely worth the trek uptown for Manhattanites. Very few places doing this style and caliber of bistro fare at such a low price point. Don't miss the cassoulet or the snout-to-tail starter plate.

Mar 09, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

If I recall correctly, they do both fresh and canned, but there's typically at least one slice with portabellos, which I believe they'll also add to any previously made slice (not ideal, but an option).

Feb 24, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

any suggestions for restaurants on upper west side that hold Passover Seders?

My Most Favorite Food is very popular with observant Jews, and it goes big for all the major holidays. Place gets terrible reviews on Yelp, but for what it's worth, I live above it and can confirm it is always, always crowded.

Grill 212 is much more well-regarded, from what I can tell, but I'm not sure of its holiday offerings.

Feb 24, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Speaking for the UWS, Freddie & Pepper's does a really nice slice - it's got that layered texture where the bottom is super-thin and crispy, giving way to a bit of chew.

Also, the fresh mushroom slice at Rigoletto is a personal favorite - big, crisp, foldable, all that.

Feb 24, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

6-day trip report - Jungsik, Per Se, Ko, EMP, and more! (long)

Wow, hardcore. FYI, I'm pretty sure Shake Shack last year started a gradual transition to fresh-cut fries from crinkles at all locations, not just UWS.

Feb 18, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Suggestions for Lincoln Center Area Restaurant w/ VEGETARIAN Dishes

Not sure what price point you're thinking, but at the low end, Nanoosh is a clean, respectable sit-down spot for Middle Eastern eats. You could also find bibimbap or pasta at The Smith for a bit more money.

Feb 08, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Recs for Udon/Ramen Noodle Soup on the UWS?

I second Yasaka for udon. For ramen, you could also go a bit north to Jin at 125th & Broadway - it's right at the bottom of the staircase to/from the 1 train.

EDIT: WTF this is from seven years ago, I assume the OP has found his/her soup by now.

Jan 30, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Quick + small tasting menus?

Both look really interesting, thank you.

Jan 23, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Quick + small tasting menus?

Yep, thanks, I think Contra's the best I've found for our appetite/budget.

Jan 23, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan

Quick + small tasting menus?

Sorry for belated reply - ideally $75pp or less for food. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2014
JeffOverley in Manhattan