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Dec 12, 2000 07:36 AM

Going to Felidia on Monday....any thoughts?

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I checked out some postings and there really arn't any recent ones. Seems the ones I did read are a mixed bag running about 50/50. I was under the impression this was a first class, great food, usually can't miss establishment. Anyone been there recently and have any recommendations?

Lastly, how would you rate it against Babbo?

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Hi Mike,
    Does your meal have to be Italian ? Quality italian fare in NY is tough to find. Personally I have enjoyed La Grolla (w. 81st and Amsterdam ?, entrees <$20) more than my one foray into Felidia. Even the famed Rao's and Il Mulino draw inconsistent reports. I haven't been to Babbo but it is supposed to be much better than Felidia foodwise. The space at Felidia is very attractive.
    Personally, for the kind of money you are looking to spend, I would favor going to Cafe Boulud. Everything there is excellant, and the menu is available on their website (

    1. I have eaten at Felidia and it is safe to say that it the single most overrated Italian restaurant in Manhattan. It suffers from what some have deemed the "Zagat effect", where people go to a high rated Zagat restaurant and assume that the food they are eating is as good as the reviews. In the case of Felidia it is not. Lidia Bastianich is a charming woman and a darling of the New York food scene but her son's restaurant are far better. I am more than happy to spend a lot of money on a meal, yet when spending a lot you deserve a lot and Felidia simply does not deliver. The food is very mediocre. If you are willing to spend on an Italian meal I STRONGLY suggest going to Scalinatella (201 East 61st Street, off of Third Avenue). I actually was planning on writing a review of the restaurant shortly. I eat there three or four times a year and was most recently there this past Sunday evening with a party of ten. The space is below ground in a grotto like atmosphere. The food is fantastic, a mix of southern and Northern Italian dishes, with pastas finished in a pan in the dining room. Every evening there are around 15 different specials and after going through the specials, the extremly solicitous waitstaff will offer to make you anything you want. When they say anything, they mean it and if you cant decide, they will work through your favorite ingredients and help you come up with a dish. It is very easy to spend $65 or more per person, but it is worth it. One of the best things about Scalinatella is that despite being a rather costly restaurant, the atmosphere is extremly relaxed and casual. The staff is truly there to meet your needs. My one complaint is the wine list. There are only two bottles under $45 and the list does not contain any particularly interesting Italian wines. If you chose to bring your own wine, the corking fee is $20. I implore you to go, you will not be dissapointed

      1. you will love it. one of my favorite places. Try the braised duck. The food will make you swoon. It's all beautifully prepared, the staff is professional without being obtrusive. It is pricey but you will love it.