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Recommendation for Italian in NYC?

I live in Boston and am coming to New York for a week in the middle of July. We already have reservations at Dylan Prime (how is this by the way?) and I would love a recommendation for a high or mid end priced Italian restaurant. Something with an impressive wine list would be an added bonus. Please forgive my naivete as this will be my first visit to New York and I'm unsure of the best location in which to dine. We're staying at the Hudson Hotel but anywhere in Little Italy would be okay too.

Thanks a million!

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  1. There are so many wonderful Italian restaurants in NYC. I would stay away from Little Italy.

    For one, Babbo is a winner, Make a reservation now. L'Impero
    Felidia is another. Osteria del Circo.

    Enjoy your stay.

    1. Reservations for Babbo, unfortunately, must be made 1 month to the day only. So, if you're coming mid-July, most likely it won't happen. However, you can try for a walk in on the day you want to go or if you're really lucky, maybe there will be a cancellation that day.

      1. I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this, but if you want even DECENT Italian, stay away from Little Italy.

        Have fun!

        1. I second Babbo, but you will likely not be able to secure a reservation for the date you need. Give it a try though.

          I have heard excellent things about Lupa as well, though it is a bit less formal. Il Buco in the Bowery is excellent too.

          Finally, if you have not eaten at their Nantucket flagship, and can temper your need for an impressive wine list, Sfoglia on the upper east side is unbeatable. Perfect execution of rustic Italian.

          1. Yes, Lupa (same owners as Babbo) is quite good and you can probably make a reservation for mid-July. For Italian tapas, you might consider Perbacco which has a more homey setting but food with flare. Both have great wine lists. Il Buco is pretty good for Italian tapas but I found them a little heavy, whereas Perbacco's tapas are lighter. Good luck!