A friend highly recommended this place so why not give it a try as we have not visited the UWS. The restaurant offers a prix-fixe lunch of soup/salad, followed by pasta and dessert for $18.00. For $2-$5 more, one can add various meats/fish. For those who wish, coffee follows at a nearby "Le Pain Q" on 72nd Street. I would ask the usual $1.00 per person to cover the cost of the meetup website.