Just had dinner at Cafe Kefi (West 79th St) which replaced Onera and heralded in these posts. Food was passably akin to the Greek diner, it was assembly-line: no imagination, murky in taste, The worst part was the rush: rush with our orders, food arrived miracoulsy less than 3 minutes after ordering, finished dishes were dispatched literally seconds upon placing the final fork bite to the mouth, with busboys hovering over tables, as if starving to change the table. No question, staff has been ordered to get patrons in & out, for at least 5 (i figure) sittings per evening. How insullting, especially since I had been remembering delightful, relaxed, sensuous meals I savored in some taverna along the coast of a Greek island, sipping frosty Retsina ...
So my question, why is it impossible to find a really good neighborhood eatery on the Upper West Side offering tasty food carefully prepared in a relaxed (if not refined and quiet) setting for a lovely night out? Locals certainly have money, taste, and sophistication and we DO HAVE Zabars & Fairway.
Sorry,Fairway Cafe, Quest, Aix,Picholine (last 3 overated & expensive) don't cut it. The only places I can consider close (for now) is Earthen Oven (72nd St/Columbus) and Yuki Sushi (91st/Columbus) and perhaps, Shun Lee Cafe.
why do I have to travel to the Village (West & East) and Queens and Brooklyn for fresh, well-prepared and lovely dining?