I think Pizzeria Sireneta is a pretty good spot. Solid pizzas, good pasta dishes and appetizers. It's not as UWS as Absolute though. If you want to eat by Columbia (which is where Absolute is) your options are not good at all. I live here and I suffer. Thai Market is solid. There are some good African restaurants nearby. Good Ethiopian and Eritrean for the most part, then if you venture into Harlem it becomes more West African.