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Sep 10, 2007 05:14 PM

Etcetera Etcetera

VisaVersa is closed on Sundays....what do you think of Etcetera Etcetera?????

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  1. It's a good alternative and close by. (It's their sister restaurant) Don't expect Vice Versa though.

    Marseille is another.

    1. Haven't been to Etc., but if you're looking for excellent Italian on a Sunday, Trattoria Trecolori is a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. Since they moved into their new location on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th, the food's better than ever, service remains friendly and efficient, and the new space is way more attractive and comfortable than the old place.

      Trattoria Trecolori
      254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

      1. I like their food and actually like it better than Vice Versa which I have only been to once and did not really enjoy.

        1. My friend and I dined here because it is half a block from the theater on 44th Street. Read some good reviews on Chowhound.

          Atmosphere: NIce enough crowd, obviously not too effected by the economy. We were there on a Wednesday night. Mostly 40s and up. Mix of friends, couples and small groups. No kids.

          Decor is a little odd; framed fabric samples and scrunched-up mesh on the walls. Seating is banquets against the wall, and hard chairs. It???s a little tight. Would be tough for a wheelchair. Also the bathrooms are up a flight of stairs.

          Staff: Very friendly and nice. Extremely attentive - refilling water, checking in on you, removing plates as soon as they're empty.

          Food: Many choices, including a $35 prix fixe selection, which I had. Straight away they offered choice of water - of course we choice tap - NYC's the best, and provide a variety of bread and an olive tapenade.

          My dinner: Mushroom barley soup. Good. Nothing unusual. Short ribs. Very tender, a little too salty. Served with cannellini puree and a tiny bit of broccoli. Dessert was tri-layer sponge cake. Actually it was vanilla pudding/orange sponge/chocolate mousse. Pudding and mousse were fine but the orange sponge cake thing reminded me of the SNL skit "it's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!"

          Friends dinner: Beet salad with jicama, smoked prosciutto and goat cheese - best dish. Duck breast with cheese-stuffed potato and a few tiny veges.

          I asked the waitress if the cappuccino is most excellent (I'm picky). She said "It's very good." I said "Only very good?" She said "It's fantastic." I said "Is it very good or fantastic" She said "I really like it." So we each ordered a cappuccino. It was okay. Weak. She asked how it was, being attentive again. I told her it was weak, and she brought us two half shots of espresso. Adding that into what was left of our cappuccinos (about half) made them perfect.

          WIne list: okay.

          Dinner for 2 with wine was $120 +tip

          Would I go back? Maybe.

          Etcetera Etcetera
          352 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

          2 Replies
          1. re: Laurencat

            I think it's pretty funny that you forced the waitress into a corner like that about the cappuccino! what's she supposed to say?

            1. re: empka

              I was looking for her honest opinion. She dealt with the situation appropriately, and that was reflected in the tip.

          2. We went here last night as a party of four. This is an occasional dining spot for us as we live in the neighborhood. I had the pappardelle with duck. Others at the table had assorted pastas and warm/cold appetizers.

            Food is pretty much exactly as you would get it if ordered in Rome, right down to the baked artichokes. I wasn't wowed by the food -- but I appreciated that everything was exactly as it represented itself on the menu.

            The pappardelle is dish that is relatively common in Italy, but somehow never gets done right in the states, where it's usually swimming in tomato sauce.

            This is a place that I would and do recommend to friends for somewhat-smarter-than-casual theater district dining. Prices are just a bit higher than the Crispo (for example) level, with pastas in the $22 range. But with the good service and convenient location, I think it is worth it.

            Etcetera Etcetera
            352 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036