Restaurants & Bars


Dave Feldman | Mar 31, 2002 12:59 AM

When discussions about Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center options, Gabriel's doesn't get mentioned that often, yet it is a reliable Italian restaurant.

It really has only one big minus: it is expensive.

But it is informal, friendly, dependable and is particularly strong with meats. Despite its size, of all the upscale restaurants on the UWS, Gabriel's has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant -- the service has always been terrific (no upselling here).

Friday night, I had wonderful marinated lamb chops cooked in the wood oven. Wonderful stuff. One of my friends had wonderful goat (a huge pile of meat with little on the side -- it reminded me a little of a barbecue plate); my other friend's tuna with horseradish crust wasn't as successful.

In my experience, the meats are superior to the usually good pasta and the sometimes disappointing fish.

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