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Babbo's booked -- where to go?

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We'll be in Greenwich village for a wedding this weekend (coming from Boston), and we'll have two meals on our own. Friday night and saturday night. Were hoping to go to Babbo, but I guess I should have called much earlier -- they are all booked. Any suggestions for good places to go (where I can still get a reservation)?

Here is what we are looking for:

Price: up to $50/person for food (without wine, tax, tip).

Cuisine: Italian, French, New American, Mediterranean, or really good, interesting bar food (where we can have several appetizers as a meal).

We are not big on atmosphere or food esthetics (we don't mind them, but we don't seek them out either). But we are obsessive about the food (seasoning, doneness, choice of ingredients, etc).

Something in Greenwich village would be great, but we'll travel for great food.

Thanks so much for your help!

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  1. Babbo takes some walk ins for the bar if you're willing to eat early. For tables, you need to book 30 days in advance.

    For another Batali alternative, try Lupa - still in your zone.

    Otherwise, you may want to look at Blue Hill. Or maybe Cru.

    I'm sure others will chime in shortly.

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    1. re: harrison

      Not going to get out of Cru for under 75 pp for food (thats the 3 course minimum option).

      Babbo might be tricky too, depending on how many courses you want.

      Lupa seems like a good idea.

    2. Hearth, The Red Cat and Falai come to mind, all outside of the village though.

      1. prune in the east village is a new american of sorts. so super delicious, not pretentious, but amazing. may be too late for reservations though.
        i can highly recommend lupa too. it's definitely one of my faves.
        people are raving about the little owl too. it's a place i'm dying to try.

        1. If your heart is set on Babbo then follow Harrison's advice & get to there early & lay claim to the few tables they set aside for walk-ins or sit at the bar. The food is worth it.

          1. Try Alta on W. 10th btw. 5th and 6th for great small plates and an interesting (and reasonable) selection of wines. If you're after Italian, Po on Cornelia St. is good; or, as mentioned above, Lupa. Otto, at 8th St. & 5th Ave. is another, more casual, Batali option for good pastas, grilled pizzas and some of the best gelato in the City. You could also try Peasant in SoHo for some hearty Italian dishes.

            1. Mas (farmhouse) in the west village might be a good choice too. The food has been very good on each of my visits and a nice vibe.