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Not Inoteca, not Otto, but...

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We've got friends coming in from out of town on Friday and we'd like to take them somewhere new -- they really enjoyed Otto and 'Inoteca the last time they visited, so we were thinking something in the same vein. I called Lupa, but they're booked solid (though we might still try to do a walk-in). Any neighborhood is fine and Italian would be ideal. We're definitely hoping for the chance to share a lot of dishes amongst ourselves and we'd prefer to have a leisurely meal where we can dine and chat (not that it needs to be super quiet or anything).


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  1. I really would urge you to go to park slope for al di la but barring that, crispo is the new favorite here on chowhound and its right up your alley.

    1. I can easily second the Crispo rec - such a fantastic place.

        1. Del Posto Enoteca (the bar @ Del Posto)--they only take reservations day of, so you can definitely get one if you call right when they start taking them (9:45 am, I think?). $41 4-course prix fixe plus the excellent $19 wine pairing.

          1. thanks all for the recommendation. We managed to book Crispo for Friday... looking forward to it. Will report back..

              1. Keep in mind that Lupa is now open all day, so you can get there for a late late lunch and early dinner and they will seat you. Otherwise, I highly recommend Felidia on the East side... or the front room at Babbo. ForkNewYork.com

                1. If you are willing to go to Brooklyn, you must try Frankies 457 on Court Street (btwn 4th Place and Luquer) in Carroll Gardens. It is my nabe and my wife and I are obsessed with this restaurant. We love the menu (similiar to 'inoteca), but it is the environment and overall vibe that keeps us going back. Whenever we have a disappointing dinner experience, we always say "we should have gone to Frankies." If you like Otto and Inoteca, Frankies 457 should be at the top of your list. If you are in the city, it is a bit of a hike, but well worth it. There is also a Frankies in the city, Frankies 17 on Clinton (btwn Houston and Stanton) in the LES. It is a bit smaller, but the menu is the same. The environment isn't as dark and romantic as the original, but it is still always a safe bet for a wonderful night out.

                  1. I see that you already booked Crispo, but if you're still looking Bellavitae might be a good choice.