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LES/Gramercy Italian

anncoley Feb 17, 2007 02:00 PM

Cacio e Pepe is booked. Does anyone have any suggestions on a similar restaurant or know a good, inexpensive Italian restaurant for 5 girls?

Thanks so much!

  1. nyufoodie Feb 18, 2007 06:01 PM

    For inexpensive Italian, I'd go for Bianca's, Max's and Azzensio. The last one accepts reservations the 1st two doesn't and maybe both cash only. But, food is good and inexpensive at both places.

    1. BluPlateSpec Feb 18, 2007 05:56 PM

      Lamarca , NW corner of 22nd. st. and 3rd. ave. Monday through Friday only and cash only but quite inexpensive. Give it a try.

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        ricky7 Feb 18, 2007 03:16 PM

        agree, via emilia is quite good but bring cash, no credit cards are taken.

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        1. re: ricky7
          RGR Feb 19, 2007 06:05 AM

          Also, Via Emilia does not take reservations. However, there is a waiting area with a few seats in front, as well as a bar with seats. (Note: These are positive improvements from the old location, which had neither.)

        2. erica Feb 18, 2007 12:34 PM

          What about Via Emilia?

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            RGR Feb 18, 2007 11:58 AM

            I have to say we were underwhelmed with the food at Novita the one time we had dinner there. And it is not inexpensive.

            Campanile, on 29th St., b/t Park Av. S. & Madision, is an under-the-radar neighborhood Italian. The traditional food served there is well-prepared and delicious. It's a fairly large space with a bar in front where locals gather to chat. The dining room has attractive decor and comfortable seating. Prices are quite reasonable.


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              esn Feb 17, 2007 04:45 PM

              Novita on 22nd st is great.

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                jsmitty Feb 17, 2007 02:14 PM

                have you eaten at little giant on the les. it's creative american. a very cozy space with high flavor and professional service.

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