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Next best Italian after Babbo...

sing me a bar Jan 27, 2007 01:26 PM

I have friends coming to NY who, like myself, have no interest in guanciale, lamb's tongue, pig's feet, tripe or other organ meats. I told them the branzino is great, but they want someplace with a wider field of non-organ foods! I suggested Lupa, but have to admit their menu is awfully rich.I found one thing I could eat there. None of us are big beef or pork fans. I wouldn't go to Esca on a bet, given reports I've heard and read here. So...where does one go for amazing non-Mario Italian? It's for a birthday, so my normal hole-in-the-wall joints won't do. I guess I'm seeking lighter fare...

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    maxine RE: sing me a bar Jan 27, 2007 01:47 PM

    For northern Italian I like both Crispo (in the West Village) and I Coppi (in the east). I also like Abbocatto in the theater district for their raw seafood appitiser. But I do like Esca (I havn't read those negative reports).

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      sing me a bar RE: maxine Jan 27, 2007 02:27 PM

      I had a great meal at I Coppi and the back garden is a very unique spot. That may be a great call, since ambiance matters. They have a great earthen oven and some of the starters we had were from it and were very good.

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      Gordognyc RE: sing me a bar Jan 27, 2007 02:32 PM

      My favorite upscale northern Italian is Da Umberto on 17th and 6th.

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        ines RE: sing me a bar Jan 27, 2007 03:31 PM

        Aurora in Brooklyn!!!

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          bobby06877 RE: sing me a bar Jan 27, 2007 04:32 PM

          I would strongly second Crispo, great food and a fun vibe. Their pastas are amazing. Don't miss their carbonnara and zeppole for dessert.

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            Sean Dell RE: sing me a bar Jan 27, 2007 04:34 PM

            What about Al di La, in Brookyn? Pretty special if you ask me.

            For Italian American, nothing beats Manducati on Jackson Avenue. Er, if you ask me.

            - Sean

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