City Center Restaurants
My husband and I are going to the City Center to see Alivn Ailey (w. 55th street). Any suggestions for a moderately priced restaurant in the area--Italian with a nice wine selection would be good!
Above moderate would be Da Tommaso on 8th Ave. @ 54th
Street. The food and service is first rate here and
they know their wine here. If you enjoy homemade pasta
dishes you really should try this place.
A little more moderately priced yet very good quality
food can be had at Mangia e Bevi and Julian's on the
corner of 53rd and 9th Ave. Julians is a real funky
spot with great pasta dishes around 10 bucks ( not
homemade ) and a nice Chicken Portobello.
I have had some very poor meals at both Julian's and
Mangia e Bevi. The main attraction at the latter
restaurant is the entertainment. At various points in
the evening the staff turns the music up loud, passes
tambourines among the crowd, and leads the diners in
excited bacchanals (okay, table dances). But the food
is mediocre. Last time I was there (and I won't go
again) I had a puttanesca made with tasteless canned
black olives, no anchovies and tomato puree. For a
restaurant that specializes in simple Italian, the meal
dish was a travesty. I would recommend neither
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