hi, we’ve had a pied for the last five years on the UWS, favorite restaurants have been szechuan garden (which we think to be one of the best szechuan restaurants in Manhattan), flor de mayo, malaysian grill, doaba deli, manhattan valley, vinateria in harlem and bahn. for bagels we like lenny’s and absolute, pizza is sal and carmines and mamas too. So mostly small-ish ethnic restaurants serving good food at fair prices.
we’re excited to be moving crosstown to yorkville around 86th and exploring a new area. Looking for similar recommendations, we’ve discovered black star bakery, which is excellent but haven’t really tried too many places as we don’t move in for another couple of months. Seems like the ferry to astoria will be fun!
thanks…just looking at photos, pengs looks good, thep thai, some of the photos from hui look interesting. saw a couple eating hummus/baba outside of hummus kitchen, looked good. zabb putawn…also, prob some places in harlem…
thanks for the tip on amber, we havent been to the one on the uws as we rarely eat south of 96th though we do walk down to 72nd for sushi yasaka. a new omakase, sushi w, recently opened up around 100th and broadway, $48 tip included, we went once and it was excellent…not saito excellent but definitely $48 excellent…worth a try.
Which San Matteo? One is at 2nd and 90th (the one I have been to) which has absolutely outstanding pizza and is a fun place to watch Italy play soccer. There is also one at 2nd and 81st, but I have not been there.
I haven’t been to Sabarsky/Fledermaus in a while but was kind of underwhelmed. Sure, their desserts are authentic and good, but they didn’t exactly make me think I was back in Munich or Budapest (the closest I’ve been to Vienna [taking a brief tram ride to get from one railway station to another on a trip from Italy to Budapest doesn’t count], with similar desserts), and their savory food was perfectly OK without being exceptional, but they were overpriced, due to the location, atmosphere and demand. It’s an unfair comparison I’m making, but man oh man, if we could get a branch of Cafe Rischart from Munich here…All that said, I always found Cafe Katja on the Lower East Side a better value for Austrian cuisine and more flavorful, but it’s not on the Upper East Side.