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Apr 13, 2007 05:34 AM

Mangia E Bevi for 35 year olds?

I'm having some friends in from Pittsburgh and wanted to know if I should take them to Mangia E Bevi for a fun dinner, has anyone been recently? Any other suggestions for a fun mid-town inexpensive dinner?

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  1. If you're determined to eat in Hell's Kitchen, Roberto Passon is a few orders of magnitude better than Mangia e Bevi.



    1. We are looking for "fun" as well as the food.

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      1. re: Tracey123

        ...then you should go here. It's loud and fun, which is either perfect or intolerable.

        1. re: Tracey123

          As long as your idea of "fun" is being mostly surrounded by loud tables filled with wedding and baby showers, bachelorette parties, etc., then Mangia e Bevi will be o.k. though, as Nosher pointed out, there is far better Italian food to be found elsewhere.

          If you aren't tied to the idea of Italian food, my suggestion would be Marseille, on the corner of 9th & 44th. The French/Mediterranean cuisine is excellent, the brasserie setting has very attractive decor, and the vibe is decidedly upbeat without being so noisy that you can't carry on a conversation. Granted, it isn't cheap, but prices are fairly reasonable.

        2. I don't normally recommend Carmine's on 44th right off Times Square, but it might be what you're looking for. It's big, busy, and serves large quantities of Italian-American food family-style at reasonable (for the size of the portion) prices. Lots of people seem to love it.

          In fact, the owners of Carmine's also - in the TSquare area - run Virgil's (decent BBQ) and Ruby Foo's (generic Chinese + Sushi). They're all big, colorfully themed, and noisy. Anyone of them might work for you.

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          1. re: Striver

            Just a slight correction. While Carmine's and Virgil's are both under the umbrella of the Alicart Group, Ruby Food's is a Steve Hansen/brguest restaurant.

            In any case, I agree with you that they would work well for Tracy123's purposes -- probably better, actually, than my suggestion of Marseille.

            1. re: RGR

              Whoops - I was thinking of Ollie's (but wouldn't suggest that here - Ruby Foo's is, I think, closer to the OP's reqs).