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jcooper Aug 22, 2006 04:47 PM

I am looking for suggestions for a place to celebrate my daughter's 12th birthday. She loves gnocchi -- so that is a must. We are flexible on geography -- but need a place we can get into tonight! Thanks for your help....

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    Lucia Aug 22, 2006 04:50 PM

    Apizz and Peasant (same owners) have wonderful gnocchi and a festive setting. Lupa is also great.

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      David W Aug 22, 2006 05:02 PM

      I always have gnocchi if it's on the menu...my pick in NY is Hearth. But...their gnocchi is light and fluffy, and served with salt, butter and cheese-no other sauce. It's a side dish, so you could have just that at the bar, and try another place as well!

      I also like ViceVersa, but that's more exotic-last time I was there they had regular and one made with squid ink.

      Remi makes a fine gnocchi, but they frequently change the sauce, so you'd want to call and check.

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        RCC Aug 22, 2006 05:46 PM

        Hearth's gnocchi is one terrific gnocchi.
        You gotta add a last-minute touch of cracked peppers by Marco on the dish.

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        haa Aug 22, 2006 05:25 PM

        Max has great classic gnocchi...and large portions too.

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          Kanger Aug 22, 2006 07:02 PM

          My favorite would have to be the ricotta gnocchi with fennel sausage ragu at Lupa. You'll want to call right away to see if they can squeeze you in, though.

          If you can't get into Lupa, I'd agree with the opinions above on Hearth--a solid 2nd choice and much easier to get a table at.

          1. jenniebnyc Aug 22, 2006 09:44 PM

            Il bagatto makes really good gnocchi.
            I also agree with teh REMI rec.

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              Patatina Aug 22, 2006 10:44 PM

              This might be too late, but the best gnocchi I've had in ages was at Spiga on West 84th and Amsterdam. It is cocoa flavored and tossed with wild boar.It sounds strange at first, but it is out of this world. The flavors are perfectly balanced. It might only be on the winter menu, but for future reference definitely check it out!

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                jcooper Aug 23, 2006 07:29 PM

                Thanks for everyone's input. We ended up at Peasant, which was good. The bread was classic Italian (really hard crust, tough on the teeth). The oil and fresh ricotta were wonderful. We shared a margarita pizza to start, which the kids liked, but the thick cheese placed in just a couple spots made it messy to eat. For mains we had a gnocchi (of course...), the vegetable risotto, skate, and roast pig. The gnocchi was good and a huge portion. The risotto was very peppery -- making it hard to eat more than half the portion. The skate and pork were good, not great (although I really liked the pig skin). I had a proseco with pomagranite juice to drink, which was very refreshing. For desert, we had a choclate cake with brandied cherries (very rich, more like fudge) and a peach cobble with hazelnut ice cream. The cobbler was one of the best deserts we've ever had. Ever. The service was really good -- waitress, bus-staff, manager -- all made us feel very welcome. I think we will return, but will probably pick other mains. Ended up at $50 per person (including tip), which seemed high given 1 appetizer, 4 mains, 2 deserts and no drinking to speak of. I wish the menu they posted on the web, which included a puntarella starter, was what they had at the restaurant. It was the puntarella which pushed me to Peasant in the end, and I was disappointed it wasn't served (although I guess it really isn't in season until the Fall).

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