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Upper West Side restaurants review

jb | Jan 5, 2004 07:02 AM

- El Malecon, 764 Amsterdam Avenue : Great food at a very low price. The pollo a la brasa was huge for the two of us. Seems like a very popular take away place.

- Gennaro 665 Amsterdam Avenue : Fantastic italian food with a 20$ minimum per person. Not a very big place, always crowded. I don't know if they make reservations but you'll have to wait if you want to eat on friday or saturday night. The antipasti starter is huge and could feed 3 people I'm sure. Very tasty but I was not hungry anymore for eating the excellent Gnocchi I ordered.

- Saigon Grill Amsterdam Avenue and 90th : A very good vietnamese joint. They also have another restaurant somewhere in the Upper East Side. Another very popular place but don't be afraid to wait as the place is very big and even if there are 10 people queueing, service is very fast and you could get a table very quickly. I didn't expect much of this restaurant (maybe because I try to avoid place named 'Grill', at least here in France) but it was quite a nice surprice. Steamed cuisine excellent and great vegetarian dishes too.

- Pampa, 768 Amsterdam Avenue (next door to El Malecon) : Very tasty argentinian meat. A place to go if you like beef. Can be pricy, as much as 50 $ per person if you drink wine. Worth it in my opinion. Too bad I didn't get it right that the service was not included and I embarassed myself with a pretty low tip.

- Lemongrass Grill Broadway and 96th : A very nice thai restaurant (I think I saw some other Lemongrass restaurant in the Village). Curry was very good. Nice and not overpriced if you're in Thai food and hot curries.

- The Dive Bar, Amsterdam Av. & 96th : Good location if you want to spend some time before eating at or El Malecon or Pampa. But don't fool yourself, the place is quite lame. Waiters are not very professionnal, spending time switching TVs channels while you wait at the bar. Cider tasted like water, choice of beers is not particulary brilliant. We went 2 times inside, and each time, the waiter asked us our IDs. I agree that my wife looks young (she's 22) but come on, I'm 29 and it is the only bar in NYC that asked us for IDs ! I've been in several bars (in the Village for instance) and never had a problem to get an alcoholic drink (If you can call alcool this draft light cider that taste just like Poland Spring).

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