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Best lasagna in Manhattan?!

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  • Dan May 17, 2004 07:56 PM
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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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  1. I'm partial to the lasagna at John's on 12th Street.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        Le Zie
        172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: mimi222

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

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          Le Zie
          172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: Blumie

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

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            Insieme
            777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

        2. 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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          1. re: ml77

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

            1. re: Stuartmc910

              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!

              1. re: Stuartmc910

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

                1. re: iuspock

                  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.

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

                www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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                1. re: iFat

                  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?

                  1. re: iFat

                    What's a "sick lasagna"??

                    1. re: iFat

                      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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: SoylentGreen

                        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....

                      2. Del Posto's 100 layer lasagna

                        http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/

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

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

                          1. 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

                            1. Apizz is really good.

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

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                              Apizz
                              217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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                              1. re: sushiman

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

                              2. 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

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