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Calle Ocho & Upper West Side

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Calle Ocho & Upper West Side

Dave Feldman | Jun 5, 1999 02:17 AM

The Friday NY Times made a fairly good case for the
upper west side not being an execrable restaurant
region anymore. I'm inclined to agree.

Just had another wonderful meal at Calle Ocho last
night, with a memorable spiced salmon above clam
paella with small chunks of chorizo, along with the
wonderful octupus/calamari salad, and the terrific
bread and bean dip. Calle Ocho has become my favorite
upscale restaurant on the upper west side. The bar
area is a madhouse (and often quite smokey) but
despite "the scene," the staff has always been
unfailingly polite at worst and usually warm and
caring.

The only restaurant mentioned in Asimov's roundup that
I have not been to is Gabriel's. Any Chowhounds eaten
there?

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