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

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Bernke Apr 17, 2007 06:52 PM

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. LFeinberg RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 07:00 PM

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

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      famccollough RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 07:09 PM

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

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        1uc7 RE: famccollough Apr 17, 2007 07:34 PM

        Second Il Buco, beautiful inside.

      2. Miss Needle RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 07:11 PM

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

        1. Uptownflavor RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 07:14 PM

          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.

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            Katherine H RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 07:17 PM

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

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              Bernke RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 07:24 PM

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

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                RCC RE: Bernke Apr 17, 2007 11:21 PM

                Peasant in Nolita.

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                  ceeceee RE: RCC Apr 18, 2007 02:00 PM

                  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.

                2. Bugsey34 RE: Bernke Apr 18, 2007 06:52 AM

                  Inoteca on Rivington?

                  1. lekkercraft RE: Bernke Apr 18, 2007 07:10 AM

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

                    1. janethepain RE: Bernke Apr 18, 2007 07:18 AM

                      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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                        harrison RE: janethepain Apr 18, 2007 08:09 AM

                        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.

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                        Lucia RE: Bernke Apr 18, 2007 08:33 AM

                        Peasant, Apizza, August, Little Owl

                        1. The Chowhound Team RE: Bernke Apr 18, 2007 08:41 AM

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

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                            beck RE: Bernke Apr 18, 2007 01:15 PM

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

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                              jsmitty RE: beck Apr 18, 2007 01:57 PM

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

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                                nyufoodie RE: jsmitty Apr 19, 2007 12:58 AM

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

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                              newbieden RE: Bernke Apr 19, 2007 04:39 AM

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

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