Washington Heights Restaurant Hits The Heights

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My trip to the high reaches of Washington Heights began with a really tip-top dinner at Le Chéile NYC, a relatively new Irish eatery at 839 West 181st Street.

Co-owner Dave Hollander invited me and a friend for scrumptious salads, steak, caramelized brussels sprouts, "mushy peas" (exactly what they sound like), and bananas Foster.

Every bite was a sensation, and the whole experience, in fact, was a revelation.

The two-floor hangout boasts great food, large portions, friendly service, good prices, Irish posters, and a piano.

You don't get any of that below a certain dividing line in Manhattan.

It was well worth the nosebleed and the scary train ride home!


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Pianist extraordinaire Jim Allen (from Marie's Crisis) plays Mondays. He recently hurt himself but will be back on the ivories soon. Get well, Jim!

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Co-owner Dave Hollander of Arlene's Grocery fame. A fun guy in any neighborhood.

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Dave's daughter Lola. She rocks the Heights.

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Muscato
Muscato

You can't know how this rankles for those us who survived living up there 15 years ago.  All we had were empanadas (delish, but still) and bad Chinese...

Heltgarn
Heltgarn

Michael Musto took the train?

Couscous
Couscous

So you were full of mushy peas when you toddled off to No Parking??

Musto
Musto

There's also an amazing piece of needlepoint art that Dave's mom made. All very homey and unpretentious. 

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