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Top Italian Restaurants on Upper East & West Side?

Spigolo (already mentioned), Sfoglia on 92 & Lex, and Rughetta on 85th between 1st & 2nd. All excellent Italian on the UES.

Jan 03, 2007
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Deborah vs. Inside

I am trying to pick a restaurant for dinner with some friends tonight, these two in the village seem very similar but I just cannot decide. There are mixed opinions, it seems, on here about both. Which one do you guys recommend over the other?

Dec 08, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

UES Rec

You should get them a gift certificate for Spigolo, a wonderful little Italian place at 81st and 2nd. I think it's one of the most quality meals you can get in the neighborhood. If price is not a factor, Spigolo has a 6 course tasting menu for $65 a person, or $95 with wine pairings. That would be a very nice night out.

Nov 13, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Recommendations for an out of towner for tonight--Pratt Street

My parents just called from the train and asked me to find a restaurant in Baltimore for them to eat at tonight. They are staying at the Residence Inn near Pratt Street. I really don't know a thing about Baltimore or the geography. Where is a nice place with a nice ambiance they can go to when they get in tonight, moderately priced and near their hotel?

Thanks!

Nov 03, 2006
104manhattanite in Washington DC & Baltimore

The RESTAURANTS Turkish Cuisine and Hell's Kitchen

Yeah, I was afraid about that with atmosphere for some of these picks. Since we're going to see a show, we do want some, so I think Hells Kitchen will be the choice. But I'm still curious to try the other places.

Oct 31, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

The RESTAURANTS Turkish Cuisine and Hell's Kitchen

It's very hard to search for the restaurants that are named "Turkish Cuisine" and "Hell's Kitchen" because the generic names return lots of results, but a friend of mine suggested these two places for dinner before a show tomorrow night.

While I'm at it, other suggestions were Pam Real Thai and Scarlatto.

What are your thoughts on these places?

Oct 31, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Quick solo dinner in Chelsea area tonight

I have just under an hour to kill in Chelsea tonight before an appointment there at 7 PM. I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a place I could pop into and grab a quick, cheap (under $20) dinner by myself. Any type of food works, just want something good and not typical fast food.

Oct 30, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Brunch east 50's

Avra on 48th and Lexington (right across from the Waldorf, basically) is a very nice Greek restaurant that has a great brunch deal. The restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere and the food is great. I highly recommedn it for brunch.

Oct 27, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

help me feed picky grandma

How about Il Corallo Trattoria in Soho? It's a cute little Italian place with great pastas. It's always crowded enough, VERY affordable, and I'd say it's safe for picky Italian grandmothers (I would know, I have one and they are veeerry difficult when it comes to the food).

Oct 27, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Chinese in Midtown?

Wu Liang Ye is very good...you could also consider Tse Yang on E. 51st Street. It may be a little pricey (I was treated so I didn't really pay attention!) but I do remember they have a good prix-fix menu. And it has a very nice, more upscale atmosphere.

Oct 24, 2006
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Help!! Financial District Restaurants

Fresh, on Reade St in Tribeca so just north of the hotel, is a wonderful option for seafood. You can get it simply grilled or one of their entrees--I recommend the pumpkin encrusted halibut this time of year. The ambiance is lovely and the service is very good. And it is indeed Fresh.

I've never been to Thalassa, which is a Greek seafood place, but I've heard that it's very good as well.

Adrienne's on Stone St in the Financial District is a decent enough pizza bar if you're looking for Italian food. There is also apparently an organic Italian place somewhere in the financial district that people love--but its name escapes me...does anyone else know what I'm talking about?

Oct 23, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

What to eat with cottage cheese?

This is probably the weirdest suggestion yet...but am I the only person out there who loves mixing cottage cheese and tunafish??

Oct 23, 2006
104manhattanite in General Topics

Quitting Gristedes - need better place downtown

Jubilee is great and I believe it's open 24/7. Sometimes it can get a little pricey but it has everything you need.

Oct 20, 2006
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Help! Need a dinner spot in Tribeca (or near the 1) Tonight...

I recently went to Fresh and found it wonderful. Reade St. and West Broadway. The food was great and creatively done. For some reason we got so many complimentary added touches--a round of champagne, a smoked salmon appetizer, and a sorbet dessert. And we didn't order anything out of the ordinary, nor were we the only diners there. It definitely made the night more special.

Across the street from Fresh, I am also a fan of Nam, it's a Vietnamese place and it is very hip and very affordable.

Oct 19, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Best Brunch-manhattan

I just suggested on another board:
-North Square, on the Northwest corner of Washington Square Park
-Cornelia St. Cafe, on Cornelia and Bleecker Streets
-Jane (was mentioned above)
-Avra, a Greek restaurant in the E. 50s (right near the Waldorf)

Oct 18, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Best Tapas - NYC?

El Cid in Chelsea is low key, very affordable, and makes a mean Sangria.

Oct 18, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

boston chowhounds looking for chowish food in the bridgewater, nj area

Origin (French/Thai fusion) in Somerville. Somerville has some great restaurants.

Oct 17, 2006
104manhattanite in Mid-Atlantic

Which French restaurant is best?

I love Le Gigot, I've been there myself several times. When seeing a show though, I like to stick around the theater district so you don't risk running late.

Oct 16, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Upper East Sushi - help!

Not sure if it's great...but if you want to eat a lot, Yuka, on 2nd ave & 81st street (I believe) has all all you can eat sushi for $18. The standard sushi and rolls are good and you can eat all you want. Atmosphere is nothing to write home about. But you can't beat that deal.

Oct 16, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan

Which French restaurant is best?

For my partner's birthday I am taking him to see a Sunday matinee of Les Mis. I want to go to a reasonably priced, high quality French restaurant in the theater district beforehand. One that is not too touristy but still accomodates you when you have to get to a show. Also, we are a young (24th birthday) gay couple--we don't want something too stuffy. I've been reading the posts on here but I can't come to a conclusion! Which of these should I choose?

Rene Pujol
Tout va Bien
Chez Napoleon
Le Rivage

Oct 16, 2006
104manhattanite in Manhattan