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Dining Alone... Italian.. At The Bar... Suggestions?

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Ric Zoon Mar 27, 2000 01:28 PM

Hi There-

Need a suggestion for a place serving great
Italian in Manhattan where you can eat at
the bar... Going alone and not too excited to
do a "table for one"

Thanks!

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    pat RE: Ric Zoon Mar 27, 2000 03:26 PM

    You could go to Po on Cornelia in the Village. I know there's no bar, but it's so small that even at a table for one it would seem that you were just part of the throng at the tables close around you. I love Po. Don't recall if Babbo has a bar. Maybe someone reading along will know. I very much enjoy dining alone. I also like to share the experieince with others but sometimes alone is what I prefer. Enjoy! pat

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      Steven Stern RE: pat Mar 27, 2000 03:33 PM

      Babbo has a -great- bar. There can be a bit of a press behind you when there's a crowd waiting for tables, but the bar-folk and everybody else couldn't be more gracious. Going early or late seems to be the thing to do.

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      pat RE: Ric Zoon Mar 27, 2000 03:57 PM

      Hi Rick: How was that for speedy service?

      Babbo is so wonderful. I hope you'll go. Thanks Steven Stern. I knew someone would come through. p.

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        LITTLE MISS RE: Ric Zoon Mar 27, 2000 04:08 PM

        BABBO IS A PERSONAL FAVORITE FOR ALONE AT THE BAR, AWESOME FOOD, ENTERTAINING BAR PERSONELLE WHO GENERALLY KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THE MENU AND WINE LIST IN TANDEM. GOOD BET.

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          Taze Rowe RE: Ric Zoon Mar 28, 2000 08:15 AM

          I Trulli (sp?) has a little spot next door call Enoteca I Trulli. The menu is light - one pasta, a soup, many appetizers, and awesome cheese selection. There are also 40 or more wines by the glass. The bar is a perfect place to eat and the service very friendly. Don't miss the grilled veggies and the homemade ricotta they serve with bread. Also let them choose a few cheeses. The place is, I believe on 27th Street near Park Avenue South.

          In addition, since we have suggestions of Po and Babbo, don't overlook Mario Batali's other, newer place, Lupa, which I think is on Sullivan near Houston. Like Babbo, there is a good bar space, although it can be crowded and a long wait. The ricotta gnocchi with sausage-fennel seed ragu are excellent.

          Oh, and one more very small, casual place is 'Ino on Bedford west of 7th Ave. Maybe its a better lunch place: only small finger food, but well done. Things like asparagas and truffle oil bruschetta. You can sit with a paper, a coffee or a prosecco, and relax.

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