Amali
Amali

Amali

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amalinyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123398363x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch - Monday - Friday (12 pm - 3 pm)
    Brunch - Saturday & Sunday (12 pm - 3 pm)
    Dinner - Monday - Saturday (5:30 - 11 pm) Sunday (5:30 - 10:00 pm)


    Our kitchen closes half an hour before closing time. The bar stays open later.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Rachel Goulet
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Amali offers lunch and dinner catering options. Please email events@amalinyc.com for more information.
  • Special Events: Amali offers multiple private dining options that highlight seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local farms. Our extensive wine list offers over 400 selections with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines.

    Our private rooms can accommodate parties up to 100 people.

    Please email events@amalinyc.com for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Lexington and Park Avenues
  • Public Transit: N, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to Lexington Avenue - 59th Street.

    F train to Lexington Avenue - 63rd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a private parking lot located across the street.
A word from Amali
Amali is a sustainably driven Mediterranean restaurant. Rather than write about ourselves, we prefer to let the press speak for us.

Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Wine Restaurants in the Country, 2014

Eater 38 Essential New York Restaurants 2013-2014
"This handsome Mediterranean restaurant serves one of the city's top brick chickens, and the seafood, pasta dishes, and charcuterie are just as good. Amali is...a destination for Greek wine enthusiasts."

Critic's Recommendation, New York Times, 2012: "Amali has a commitment to seasonality and sustainability and a daring wine list."

Two Stars, New York Magazine, 2012: "It gives over a whole section of the menu to salads and vegetables along with an impressive wine bottle list."

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Top Newcomer. "Amali takes an American approach to Mediterranean ingredients, creating something that is at once more Greek than any restaurant and less ethnic than any of them."
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Amali reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (36)notable wine list (35)special occasion (23)good for groups (19)great for lunch (17)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Perfect Saturday Night Dinner!
    Bambam
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Trendy little hidden gem in midtown east. Food was delicious, service was on point, wine list was extensive. The buffalo mozzarella for the table was unreal, as was the chicken and the homemade pasta! The restaurant is small and intimate and a bit tucked away on the street, making for a great atmosphere. I would definitely go back!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    food was excellent, but the service was a bit slow.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Bobette
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We got there early. What a pleasure. Nice surroundings. The waiter was friendly and attentive, the selection of wine interesting and we chose a very good greek wine. The menu is perfect.appetizers are wonderful. Main dish We chose a fish. It was good but not amazing. Desert was very surprising and i still dream about the desert. It's a little expensive but so pleasant and you feel in greece while you are in the restaurant
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    Stebetty12VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food is always tasty. Love the Farm to table concept of the restaurant, its def my little neighborhood gem. i LOVE their Octopus and Broccoli (BEST IVE EVER TASTED) and mine is always prepared GF so no breadcrumbs and STILL AMAZING... unfortunately now the broccoli is not in season :-( i was CRAVING it all day! so sad and hope they bring it back soon! they replaced it with Kale which was very tasty yet drenched in Olive Oil. I would prefer a bit less oil indeed..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • overpriced
    Bart
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very good food but over priced for environment. Signature drinks not great. Stick with basics.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    too expensive limited wine by glass choices but better by the bottle list a tad pretentious excellent service....a small restaurant but a large, efficient staff
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  • Mswfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went early for pre-theatre and we were so pleased with our dinner. The fresh grilled fish was a 10. The heirloom tomato salad was quite large and delicious. Our waiter was excellent!!! He didn't hover yet was there to offer great service. He even let us know that we were entitled to a pre-theatre discount since we were on our way to 57 e57 theatre. I don't think that I was ever told that before by a waiter. We will go back another night and dine at 8:00 or 8:30pm.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Return
    hipock56
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the food and service at Amali. We each had a fish dish which were extremely tasty, though I would hesitate to repeat as I don't care to wrestle with bones. That said, my fish dish was amongst the tastiest and best prepared i have had in many years. The side dishes, including the flatbread and the salad were unique and a pleasure to eat. The service was more than attentive and friendly. And when the owner became aware of our commentary regarding fish bones he made sure to provide complimentary after dinner aperitifs, which was a professional move on his part. The only disappointment, - the coffee, which we would not order again. We were told that the restaurant would indeed be changing their coffee purveyor.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite for us
    mgeller604VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a wonderful evening we had at Amali. The food was delicious and the service was the best we have had in aomg time. Our waitperson was knowledgeable, attentive and always had a smile. The food was outstanding and Jim Mallios, the owner, made us all feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    TravelerAK
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We dined at Amali based on a recommendation from somebody who had lived in NYC for more than a decade. While it is true that you could eat your way through the city, this place made the short list of places not to miss. It did not disappoint. The food was wonderful and unique, and the atmosphere was a welcomed contrast to the hustle and bustle found in much of the city. The prices reflect the quality of the presentations. Highly recommended to anybody looking for a truly delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I must admit I was very disappointed. The salad was very good but the meal went downhill from there. The fish was dry and tasteless. I hardly touched it usually the waiter will ask if it was all right given that I hardly touched it. Maybe it was what I chose but I would not risk going back to give it another try. I don't think that any of the above choices to recommend the restaurant apply.
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  • Delicious!
    WhatsforDinner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The seasonal flatbread was delicious, and they had a special ravioli with grilled corn that was to die for. The chef did a great job of staying seasonal, keeping dishes a bit lighter, and we were not disappointed with one thing that was served. The waiters were absolutely perfect, and made the experience that much better! With that said, make sure you don't end up in the back room...we were seated there first, and while it has an open ceiling, the ambiance is very poor. There is a musky/cellar smell, that I am sure will go with time, but the lighting was very bright! Everything outside of the first seating was perfect, they were extremely accommodating the second we requested to move into the front room! I would DEFINITELY recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    pgr1998VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Amali has a farm like rustic decor but is elegant at the same time. The service is courteous and explains food selections to you. We shared the salami, dry cured sausage, cheese choice appetizer. This was excellent. My entree was the parsley pappardelle Bolognese which was delightful, and my wife had the braised lamb shoulder, which was also delightful. The meal was finished with a sticky chocolate beet cake. The cocktails from the bar are to die for. The front room is colorful and lively. All in all, I would recommend this new restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty spot
    SarabVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Well prepared flavorful dishes with Greek flair. Gets noisy when full but worth it as food is delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best darn chicken I ever ate!
    MinervaTakesaBite
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our NYC resident niece recommended Amali, and she knows her stuff! A charming little place with clean, modern lines and an excellent shortish menu. I hardly ever order chicken "out", but the Amali version of "chicken baked under a brick" appealed to me. It was FABULOUS - luscious, juicy, crispy and beautifully seasoned skin - literally, THE BEST! My vegetarian niece had an octopus (squid?) dish that she declared "delicious", and my husband's braised lamb shank was also a winner. Kudos all around. We've already started sending our Baltimore friends to Amali when they hit the Big Apple. Oh, and nobody rushed us at all when we were the last ones in the restaurant and lingering over coffee and dessert. Thanks, Amali!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • One of the best meals in the city.
    BonVivantVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    James Mallios and his staff provide an incredible experience at Amali, a decidedly non-stuffy, inventive, and inviting restaurant. The sommelier is especially knowledgeable, the octopus is especially delightful, and the entire experience is especially wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Brick chicken rocks
    AnnieG
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Not knowing what brick chicken was I was prepared for all possibilities - as it turned out is a fantastic, flavoursome and moist way to enjoy chicken - highly recommended! My only comment is that NY restaurants in general don't seem to get the idea of GF - are there no coeliacs in the US - makes options very limiting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jojie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was very good, very good quality fish. We sat in the back room which is not very preety.
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    fit for foodies
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  • lovefrenchVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    great food, great service--made to feel like you're the only guests in the restaurant! Great wine list, cute bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    WendrewleeNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything was perfect. The whole back fish was extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JayceeVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Disappointing. We have eaten here several times before, but the menu was different and more expensive, the room noisier and the food not as good.
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  • Amali is not to be missed!
    CathyL
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My friend and I chose Amali during our recent visit to nY and were impressed with the wine, food and service. The summer wine flight selections were whimsical, delicious and reasonably priced. Our food was so tasty, the fresh parsley pappardelle was a perfect summer pasta and the signature chicken under the brick is one of the tastiest I have with exception of my husbands on the BBQ. The location is great if you are staying in mid-town, nice walking neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelgoddess
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Amali for a birthday brunch and they were so accommodating, everything was ready for us when we got there. The food there is AMAZING. We all enjoyed each and every dish we ordered. Would Highly recommend dining Amali, you truly will not be disappointed. Amazing food and great service. They have gained 8 new customers/guests to their restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Amali is amazing
    Smiss979
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I so highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. One of the best dining experiences I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sstewarrt3VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is no routine Italian restaurant. The orchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe is a delicacy. This iss true of its other pasta offerings. I like them so much that I haven't tried other items, but wouold expect them to show the same subtle delicious flavors. A very fine chef!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Part of Our Evening
    TheaterBuffVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Delicious food (lovely lamb!), friendly and available service, a skylighted back room where conversation is not only possible but enjoyable. Made up for our subsequent disappointment in our choice of theater.
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great food and service but the ambience is not fit for special occassions
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable dining
    winedine1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Everything was prepared beautifully, service was attentive but not overbearing. Would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Hidden gem with fresh fish, the best prepared vegetables around. Broccoli and brussels are my favorite. Fantastic smoked trout too. Just love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent by all accounts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We loved Amali! The food was outstanding. My husband loved the pasta bolognese (which he orders everywhere, so he is a very good judge) and I loved my chicken under a brick. The service was good too; the manager stopped by our table repeatedly. We will definitely be back!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 75 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 401 reviews are from the Amali reviews archive.
  • Chaz
    Chaz
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Portions were very small; even with appetizers and side dishes, we were hungry at end of meal. We ordered fish that we were told was 2-1/2 pounds, ample for three people. Either a smaller fish was inadvertently served or most of the fish was discarded by server before it was served. And dessert was different from what the waitress described and was not appealing. We are happy to pay for a good dining experience; this was overpriced for a disappointing meal.
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  • Gotta try it!!
    Yumcritic
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Amanil is a wonderful little restaurant that also can cater to larger groups. We happened upon it before going to theater and we were in for a wonderfully tasty surprise. The brussel sprouts were amazing and the flatbread was so flavorful... We liked the fish special and spaghetti. We left room for dessert and was delighted by so many unique flavors of gelato and sorbets but our favorite was the pineapple cannoli sundae- that was the best mix of flavors. We will look forward to going back again soon
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We loved our first visit to Amali. I chose it because it was recommended in my Clean Plates app. Amali is a gem. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice for veggie lovers
    jbdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Although Amali isn't a vegetarian restaurant, there are so many excellent vegetable on the menu an entire very satisfying and delicious meal can be had. The artichokes, broccoli, mushrooms--all excellent
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peppery Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I made a reservation on Open Table for my Mother and rest of our family of 5 for Mother's Day. We all really enjoyed the ambience and the service was very attentive. We had a lovely burrata campagna appetizer served with a delicious toasted bread but there wasn't anywhere near enough provided for the amount of cheese. One guest had a very enjoyable brioche french toast with berries. 3 of us ordered a dish described as shrimp and grits. This turned out to be an extremely peppery dish with a tomato sauce but there was nothing in the menu description indicating either pepper or tomato. Another guest ordered mussels which were also extremely peppery. Nevertheless, it is a lovely restaurant and we all had a good time.
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    great for lunch
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  • Fantastic!
    arowley72
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is our fifth or sixth time at Amali, and each time we are more impressed. Mother's day lunch with 8 at our table ranging from 2 years to 77 and everyone was incredibly content. My very difficult-to-please family members all turned to me and said "THIS is fantastic! Thanks for making the reservation" My mother requires great service, my husband desires unusual beer, we all fought over the burrata (after two orders) and I - as a food photographer - care nothing if a meal is not lovingly made and gorgeously presented. My 2 year old son devoured his pasta and artichoke ice cream and the 11 and 14 year olds actually looked up from their devices when the food arrived. Add to that the sustainable mission of the restaurant and that's that.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Love the grilled artichoke & pasta
    Nomad70
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My colleagues got me here. Totally fell in love. Good Italian/Mediterranean foods. Love the grilled Artichoke as appetizer. The pasta was heavenly. You got to try this.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great!
    Lb366VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Delicious and fresh! The atmosphere is great and their food is sourced sustainably. Great for lunch or a romantic dinner. Food is seasonal and local! Really great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Horrendous service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Overpriced and horrendous service. Food was enjoyable but the lack of attention from our waitress ruined the meal, which was overly expensive.
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  • Favorite places for business lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    This is my favorite place for business lunch. Focus on in season and local ingrediens is nice. Food is always good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate