Saturday, August 9, 2008

Upper West Side Dinner Spots for Dates or Parental Visits

Chocolate Pudding at Mermaid Inn
Chocolate pudding at the Mermaid Inn.

103 W. 77th St at Columbus Ave.
An immediate darling of the critics when it opened late in 2007. With a focus on local ingredients, Chef John Fraser turns out delicious dishes including an amazing beef cheek lasagna. On Sunday’s, 3 courses can be had for a very reasonable $38. Reservations recommended.

La Rural
768 Amsterdam between 97th and 98th Sts.
This Argentine steakhouse is lovely place to get your red meat fix, especially if you sit on the backyard patio. Tasty empanadas as well.


2315 Broadway at 84th St.
Join the dapper blue blazered gents and pearl wearing matrons of the UWS for the early bird (until 6:30) three-course, prix-fix meal at this clubby spot, which will set you back just $33. Good, hearty dishes for fall; ordering a martini is a must.

The Mermaid Inn

568 Amsterdam between 87th and 88th Sts.
High end seafood shack, with a meaty lobster roll and a sprightly seared calamari salad. A dark chocolate pudding is served gratis at the end of your meal. Reservations recommended.

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