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Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

iruag1 | Feb 19, 201507:54 PM

Hi all! I'm a grad student at Columbia looking to experience some of the city's best food. I live on campus and boyfriend lives on the upper east side (around 1st and 79th).

I'd like to keep it within a 40 minute commute from either of us, and obviously without breaking the bank. Neither of us drink much so we're looking at under $40 each before tip (IS THAT POSSIBLE IN THIS CITY)??

So far tried a couple of places and have loved Absolut, Hungarian pastry shop, ABC kitchen, land, alice's tea cup, dying to go to marc forgione for the lobster. Unimpressed by market table, le vain, pure thai cookhouse.

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