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Category: New York

Molyvos Midtown

Large attractive venue on 7th Avenue in midtown. Beautiful bar area. Grilled octopus, fried calamari excellent. Red Snapper special frozen and overcooked. Braised short ribs said to be very good. Large prawns mealy and inedible according to another diner at our table. Wine list mediocre. Service uninspired. Okay for a large older group. Advertisements

Maz Mezcal UES

Upper East Side stalwart for 68 years. A former fave tried again. Family oriented, yet warm and cozy ambience. Saucy aromas waft as you walk in. Chile Relleno excellent as are assortment of chips and salsas. Guac not cilantro-laden. That’s a good thing. Mole poblano too much of a good thing. Steak and shrimp excellent. Nice to find an old spot still very good.

OxBow Thanksgiving

As natives of the Connecticut River Valley Oxbow in Northampton, we feel familiar at our new neighborhood Tavern. What a special surprise to find that it was open on Thanksgiving. Since none of us is a fan of turkey, we relished our quail, duck and lamb chops at a cozy table on a frigid fall holiday this year. Perfect with a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot.

Del Posto Redux

Second time. Loved the first experience four years ago. This time. Dull Mosto. Seemed like a whole different management. Service pretentious yet very unsophisticated. Pacing extremely uneven. Food uninspired with the exception of the pastas. Wine pairings okay, but some were just undrinkable. A trend of serving from huge bottles was tacky. Clientele also. It seems more like a tourist trap now. Sad.

Oxbow Tavern

New boîte on 71st & Columbus. Used to be Café Tallulah. Never went there. Always empty. Oxbow Tavern is crowded and lively with a beautiful zinc bar and tasteful if dark décor. Menu a bit heavy and wintry, doesn’t change for summer seasonal offerings. Yet the grilled squab was perfectly prepared and brussel sprouts excellent. Hangar steak good reviews. Bar is the draw. Positive news in the UWS ‘hood. No scaffolding, either!