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Dan May 17, 2004 07:56 PM

Hey all -- Last week I had the lasagna at Via Emilia on Park ave. and it was really great. I've got pretty high standards for the dish (I make it at home, pretty regularly, using Marcella Hazan's recipe, which always comes out great). Any other suggestions for me to try?

Dan

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    kirk May 18, 2004 10:15 AM

    I'm partial to the lasagna at John's on 12th Street.

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      Steph May 18, 2004 12:28 PM

      The lasagna at Luca Lounge (Ave B & 13th) is tremendous, in my opinion. And there are usually 3-5 kinds, ranging from spinach & ricotta to standard meat & red sauce. They come in personal terracotta crocks and are served bubbling and decadent. Inexpensive, too - I think they're about $8 for one, but it's enough to have leftovers.

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        mimi222 Sep 29, 2010 07:12 PM

        I tried Le Zie, but theirs didn't have enough tomato sauce in it and tasted kind of bland, which is weird because I read a lot of positive reviews on their lasagna. The best one I had was from somewhere in Little Italy.

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        172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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          Blumie Sep 29, 2010 08:26 PM

          I love so much about Le Zie, but I also don't love their lasagna.

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          172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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            drumwine Sep 29, 2010 09:12 PM

            Insieme... the Lasagna Verde Alla Bolognese spinach pasta with béchamel and meat ragu is the gold standard.

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            777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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          ml77 Sep 30, 2010 10:17 AM

          I've enjoyed Teodora's, at 57th near Lex. It's an authentic style dish from the Emilia-Romagna region, and very tasty. It's just a slight bit drier than I prefer, but I tend to favor more moisture in my pasta dishes than most.

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            Stuartmc910 Sep 30, 2010 12:01 PM

            I like mine. Made from a recipe in Craig Claiborne's "International Cooking" from the mid 1960s. http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Times-...

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              Phil Ogelos Sep 30, 2010 09:05 PM

              That's great to know, stuart; having announced its goodness, surely you'll invite all of us hounds over to sample your lasagna tomorrow night, at your place!

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                iuspock Oct 7, 2010 02:07 PM

                Stuart since that cookbook on Amazon is $88 why don't you share with us that one page of lasagna recipe here!?

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                  Stuartmc910 Oct 17, 2010 06:10 AM

                  To Phil and jus:

                  Phil: My wife and I just inherited her mother's house in Mantoloking NJ and when we finish cleaning it up (50 years of junk) we will throw a lasagne party and you're invited.

                  jus: when i get backto our NYC apt. I will post it on the site.

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              theOGbigguy Sep 30, 2010 03:05 PM

              I'd rate Lincoln as the best I've had, followed by Maialino. Both are lasagna verdes.

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              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              1. iFat Sep 30, 2010 09:10 PM

                Max on Ave B. has a sick lasagna. And cheap.

                www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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                  bigjeff Oct 6, 2010 02:03 PM

                  last time I had it, it was way soft and overbaked. maybe that's the way some folks like it, I didn't. do they still have that weird thousand island bread dip?

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                    CatoUWS Oct 7, 2010 03:00 PM

                    What's a "sick lasagna"??

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                      selenster Oct 25, 2010 07:52 AM

                      haha yes, max on B is pretty great. also amazing is their lamb ragu, and the housemade pate on crostini.

                      p.s. hi, it's "trepverter" from twitter

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                      SoylentGreen Oct 10, 2010 11:59 AM

                      i am a lasagna fanatic. i have had most of the ones listed on here, including lincoln's last week (and hearth's when they did red sauce sundays, del posto's super special 100 layer lasagna, etc). if lasagna is on the menu, i get it.

                      TRUST me when i say that the best lasagna i have ever had is the one offered by torrisi italian specialties. they only offer it during fall and winter. i am waiting for it to come back on the menu as I type this. i have tried to get bon appetit magazine to get the recipe from torrisi (they have a column where they get restaurant recipes for people). i am obsessed with this lasagna. apparently it is from their grandmothers 109 year old recipe.

                      this is the only lasagna you will ever need.

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                        save1 Oct 11, 2010 05:16 PM

                        Anyone try the Lasagna at Cafe Fiorella's?? Perhaps the best I've ever had, must admit I haven't tried Torrisi's but trust me on this, when it arrives the surrounding tables will oooohhh and aaahhh, the dish is that compelling....

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                        tldmatrix Oct 10, 2010 06:19 PM

                        Del Posto's 100 layer lasagna

                        http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/

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                        Del Posto
                        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                          sushiman Oct 11, 2010 05:41 AM

                          Pietro's makes it as a special and it is awesome.

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                            dolcevita_sf Oct 12, 2010 03:08 PM

                            Not sure if it's the best in Manhattan, but I really, really enjoyed the Lasagne Cinghiale at Apizz.

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                            Apizz
                            217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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                              sushiman Oct 13, 2010 07:02 AM

                              Apizz is really good.

                              I almost forgot, so I went and had the lasagna at Baci y Abbracci in Williamsburg.

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                              217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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                                selenster Oct 25, 2010 07:53 AM

                                how did you like the B&A version? this was one of my favorite restaurants when i lived down the street. killer lamb papardelle.

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                                presava Oct 16, 2010 07:48 AM

                                I think I Sodi (on Christopher St near Bleeker) has the best lasagna in New York.

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                                I Sodi
                                105 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

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                                  fm1963 Oct 25, 2010 07:36 AM

                                  Salumeria Rossi has a delicious and traditional version with pork and beef ragu and bechamel.

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