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Help....looking for Rustic atmosphere with good food

Please help. I am in search of a restaurant that has a rustic feeling. something that you find in Italy or South America. That raw, beautiful ambience. Food could be Italian, Greek, American. Anything but Asian.

Preferably below 23rd Street, east or west and could be Brooklyn. Price not an issue. I've been having a really hard time finding a place that isn't so modernized.

Any rec's would be great.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Check out Pylos (Greek), 5 Ninth (VERY rustic looking atmosphere...continental cuisine), Grape and Grain, Lavagna, EU European Union...

    1. Il Buco on Bond St. Rustic, Italian, so good. Not cheap- but worth it! Great Atmosphere.

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      1. re: famccollough

        Second Il Buco, beautiful inside.

      2. There's AOC Bedford in the Village. In Brooklyn, there's Convivium Osteria.

        1. I could be way off base since I've never visited Europe but I say Cafe Largo (137th and Broadway) and The Place on 10th. Two different feels but both nice restaurants in my opinion with tasty offerings.

          1. Blue Ribbon Bakery? You can sit downstairs near the century-old brick oven.

            1. Thanks so much for all the replies. I have been to most but will look in to the others

                1. re: RCC

                  i dont find peasant to have a rustic atmosphere....while the brick oven is warm...i feel like the rest of the place is kinda stark and cold.

                  1. It's been awhile since I've been there, but I recall Supper on 2nd St. having a rustic feel...

                    1. August is very cute - small West Village resto with fireplace (I think), exposed brick, skylight. Cacio e Pepe might fit the bill too, very unpretentious and dark, also with exposed brick and old-woodishness. Maybe also Max in the far East Village. Cacio e Pepe and Max are Italian places, August is ... new American? Eclectic?

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                      1. re: janethepain

                        I was thinking August as well. I'd add "hearty" to the description as well. Good food and they now take reservations!

                        Or maybe on the east side, I Coppi on 9th/A - the rear garden fits the bill. Good Tuscan cuisine.

                      2. Peasant, Apizza, August, Little Owl

                        1. Hi Everyone, Just a brief to request that recommendations in the Outer Boroughs (Brooklyn, etc. ) be posted to the Outer Boroughs board. Thanks!

                          1. Definitely August. Request a table in the cobblestoned back room.

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                            1. re: beck

                              august was the first thing that came to my mind
                              goblin market

                              1. re: jsmitty

                                August will also be my 1st choice as well! Highly recommend their canneloni and tarte flambe.

                            2. how about Piadina on w. 10th btwn 5th and 6th?