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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

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

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