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Downtowner Hits in the West 60's/70's...Suggestions Welcome

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Downtowner Hits in the West 60's/70's...Suggestions Welcome

Simon | Aug 28, 2008 08:35 PM

Backstory: for seven years i lived in Union Sq and i was a pretty hardcore downtown snob (foodwise and also just in general)...while i'd venture all over town and in all price ranges, i tended to denigrate the vibe/food quality uptown, particularly on the UWS...

But now, after a year roaming in Asia, it seems like i may be esconced in the greater Lincoln Center area for a few months...i'm oddly jubilant about it, and have quickly shed my downtown snobbery and am ready to embrace my new hood...*smiles*...

in the past i've occasionally housesat by CPW/90's so i know that area fairly well...but i don't know too much about places from say W.59th to W.80th...

i've been to 'Cesca (liked it a lot, w/ a few caveats), Picholine (loved it but haven't been there post-renovation), Enoteca Barbito (sp? -- seems good based on a brief stop there), and Landmarc (like the half-bottles of wine)...

I'm interested in all cuisines and all price ranges...but particularly French bistros, tapas, cozy/comfy/loungey bars, wine bars, coffeehouses, and spicy food of all kinds...

For reference, some of my fav downtown spots are: Lucien, n33, Balthazar, Ushi Wakamaru, Cafe Mogador, La Nacional, Von, Cacio e Vino, Fanelli, Casa Mono, Il Giglio, Great NY Noodletown, Odeon, Uminoie, Angel's Share...

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