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Looking for special Italian Restaurant

Going to be in NYC next week with my husband. We are looking for a special Italian Restaurant. We LOVE Il Mulino but we were just ther eabout a month ago. I kow every neighborhood has a decent one but I was looking for something new or special. Any area is fine. Thanks!

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  1. Babbo, but you won't be able to get in on one week's notice.
    Try Scalinatella.

    1. Crispo on 14th - with a week's notice you should be able to get a reservation on a weekday though at a weekend prime time might be tougher. The food is amazing - do a search on the board for this place and you'll see a lot of endorsement. The dining room can feel a little cramped and loud but in a great, fun way. Be sure to get the spaghetti carbonara.

      1. L'Impero, on Tudor City Pl., b/t 42nd & 43rd Sts., has excellent modern Italian cuisine, good service, and a very attractive space with romantic ambiance. If you go, do not miss the seriously delicious polenta with wild mushrooms.


        1. Novita in Gramercy. Absolutely sick!!

          1. Apizz on the LES or Sfoglia on the UES. Il Postino on 49th is also quite good.

            1. Try Alto on 53rd between 5th and Madison (fricasse of mushroom over creamy polenta is outrageously good) or Il Cantinori at East 10th between Broadway and University Place

              1. Babbo is the best, but as Jennie said, it will be booked (unless you want to go early and get a table in the bar area). I thought Lavagna in the east village was fabulous.

                1. I agree with the Novita recommendation, but for something really romantic and a little different (something you probably would not find outside of NYC, Novita I think you might), I would recommend Perbacco in the East Village. It is small and dark, candlelit and cozy, and has some of the loveliest Italian food I have ever tried, and a fantastic wine selection.

                  1. Cacio e Pepe in the East Village 2nd ave and 12th st. Inventive pastas, moderate prices for the quality and under the radar. Good reviews by NYMag, Michelin.
                    Basta Pasta on 17th between 6th and 7th ave. Italian Japanese style. little atmosphere but food is killer. Imagine Italian food with a lighter hand.
                    Babbo is worth it each and every time and you can always try to sit at the bar or put your name for the front room, get a drink someplace else and go back.

                    1. Il Mulino or Baldoria. I've never been to any of Batali's restaurants in the city, but if you can get in, go.