Casual/Mid-priced to expensive Italian for Great Pasta
Need suggestions - Out of town friend visiting Monday and she's looking for recommendation where to have a great pasta dish. Does not have to be trendy, but hip would be fine. Good solid food is important. She has a fairly sophisticated pallet. Any neighborhood is fine.
You could try to get into Lupa as a walk in. Fun to grab a drink at the bar anyway while you wait. Also try Po, Crispo and a great place in the East Village called Cacio e Pepe. I've have great pastas there the two times I went.
Via Emilia and Malalesta both have great pasta, though not quite "hip" (which is hard to define)