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netmover Oct 5, 2006 01:29 AM

Please give me your Top 3 in the following categories: Expensive; Moderate; and Budget.

Thanks in advance...

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    ashaps Dec 11, 2006 04:00 AM

    Adding Il Mulino in the expensive category just b/c it hasn't been mentioned. (Of course Babbo is great).

    On the moderate side really like Bellavitae.

    As for budget, not sure if it is quite on that level but I really like Piccolo Angelo--and everyone I have given the tip to has been more than happy for it. Also really like Otto, especially for lunch/mid-afternoon.

    1. Brian S Dec 9, 2006 09:16 PM

      Impero was mentioned, and it's a good choice, but I'm surprised that no-one threw Scott Conant's other restaurant, Alto, into the mix. It would be in the expensive category, unless they offer the $24 lunch again next summer, in which case it could squeeze into the cheap.

      Oh and if you want best in NYC, you should include the outer boroughs. I don't think Batali will be quaking in his boots (or more likely sneakers) at the competition, but there are good contenders for moderate in Bklyn and the Bronx.

      1. netmover Dec 9, 2006 06:14 PM

        La Zie 2000-moderate Chelsea

        Bar Pitti-budget-West Village

        Carmines-family style Mid-Town

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          Jefferstone Dec 8, 2006 03:26 PM

          La Revista: high quality food, but pricey. Had the veal milanese under salad... excellent. My friend had Ravioli... also excellent. Somewhat formal, with an older guy playing quiet piano. On same block (46th btwn 8th & 9th), Lattanzi is also excellent, with a unique twist: old world Italian Jewish cuisine!

          1. livetotravel Oct 6, 2006 02:53 PM

            Babbo and L'Impero - expensive and fantastic

            Gusto - moderate and Amanda Freitag is now Exec Chef, and also A Voce and Lupa

            Bianca - Inexpensive

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              chefdater Oct 6, 2006 02:39 PM

              a voce on 26th & mad

              1. Angelina Oct 5, 2006 11:29 PM

                Expensive: Babbo and Felidia

                Moderate: Lupa and Da Silvano

                Budget: (more of a place to grab a quick bite for lunch only because there is not waitress service) Danielle's Piadina

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                  xigua Oct 5, 2006 11:16 PM

                  Moderate - Po, Lupa
                  Expensive - Esca

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                    Nehna Oct 5, 2006 07:46 PM

                    Expensive - Babbo
                    Moderate - Lupa, Bellavitae, Cantinella in EV (if its still there, been a while), 'Inoteca, Otto

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                      Jimmyg Oct 5, 2006 07:09 PM

                      La Revista 46th between 8th & 9th is sort of expensive, but excellent. A little less expensive is Sorrento on Mulberry Street.

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                        Sweatshirt Guy Oct 5, 2006 07:07 PM

                        Babbo expensive Franks and Pesce Pasta cheap. El Cantina Moderate

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                          raybird Oct 5, 2006 06:09 PM

                          i would also suggest pepolino for moderate-to-expensive and noodle pudding for cheap-to-moderate with hearty agreement on babbo, lupa, and frank.

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                            ceeceee Oct 5, 2006 02:32 PM

                            babbo for expensive..
                            cripso & lupa for moderate..
                            bianca (we just went last night & loved it) & max for cheap

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                              haleyjen Oct 5, 2006 02:23 PM

                              San Domenico for expensive.

                              Lupa for Moderate.

                              Max or Frank for cheap.

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                                chow_gal Oct 5, 2006 02:20 PM

                                'inoteca for moderate.

                                1. NAtiveNewYorker Oct 5, 2006 02:18 PM

                                  Remi for expensive. Bianca for moderate. Tanti Baci for budget.

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                                    ChrisZ Oct 5, 2006 11:53 AM

                                    I would go Lupa for moderate and 'ino for budget.

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                                      cricri7 Oct 5, 2006 10:22 AM

                                      moderate: Campanile (29th avenue between Madison and park avenue south) for their linguine frutti di mare.

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                                        RGR Oct 5, 2006 03:12 PM

                                        I agree about Campanile, which we recently tried for the first time. Traditional Italian cuisine expertly prepared and delicious. Very pleasant, comfortable atmospherics.


                                        Also in the moderate category, I like Via Emilia. Excellent pastas, particularly the lasagna. Much livelier decor in the new location.


                                        While L'Impero is not wildly expensive, I guess it belongs in that category. Superb cuisine and lovely ambiance.


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                                        plf515 Oct 5, 2006 10:18 AM

                                        Expensive - Babbo

                                        1. designerboy01 Oct 5, 2006 07:25 AM

                                          Paprika Cucina Italiana
                                          110 Saint Marks Pl
                                          New York, NY 10009
                                          (212) 677-6563

                                          For moderate.

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