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Romantic, cheap Italian in the east or west village?

delish317 Oct 9, 2007 03:31 PM

I am looking for a romantic, cheap italian spot to go this Friday. I am looking for a nice atmosphere, nothing too fancy but with hands down GOOD FOOD!

I like the atmosphere at Frankies on Clinton street and Barbone....

Any suggestions?

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  1. Jel212 RE: delish317 Oct 10, 2007 09:30 AM

    Have you tried Frank, on, I think, 2nd ave? It's dark and crowded, which I like, and I find the food very good.

    This is also very good:

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      TheDagster RE: Jel212 Oct 10, 2007 11:25 AM

      Just be aware that at Frank you will be waiting for a table unless you get there at 5 PM. I like the food there, but am reluctant to go there because even as a party of two you end up waiting longer than they tell you.

      I actually think you answered your own question with Barbone. The food there is inexpensive, consistantly fantastic, and inventive. Romantic dining room and patio too.

      If you want to try something new, I Coppi (on 9th) is pretty good, although a bit more expensive than Barbone. It has a romantic dining room & garden as well.

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        princeofpork RE: TheDagster Oct 10, 2007 11:28 AM

        For the best combo of Romantic and Excellent Italian food in that area you must go to Apizz.

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          financialdistrictresident RE: TheDagster Oct 10, 2007 12:03 PM

          We went to I Coppi over the summer for dinner and it was good. Service can be relaxed. There was a recent negative post re: dinner. Might have been an off night.

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        kicks82 RE: delish317 Oct 10, 2007 11:35 AM

        I like Supper on 2nd and B

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          outside25 RE: delish317 Oct 10, 2007 11:40 AM

          I like Cacio de Pepe on 2nd Ave

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            Lucia RE: delish317 Oct 10, 2007 11:41 AM

            I second the rec for Apizz, but I wouldn't call it cheap. Cacio e Pepe, Crispo, and Po are a bit below Apizz in price, and I find them romantic.

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              nas9211 RE: delish317 Oct 10, 2007 08:44 PM

              i second supper (same owners as frank but i think its less hectic and a nicer space). bianca on bleecker is also nice.

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                mc0218 RE: delish317 Oct 12, 2007 09:23 PM

                We enjoyed I Coppi when we went...the garden out back offers a terrific atmosphere. The food was very good.

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                  SRHNYC RE: delish317 Oct 13, 2007 12:15 PM

                  I love Bar Pitti (6th Avenue below W4) for delicious, authentic and VERY affordable cuisine with a great outdoor scene when it's warm, Da Silvano, practically conjoined to the right of BP is a pure gem from Italy but more pricey. For a cozy, romantic and laid-back bistro style place try Trattoria Spaghetto (Bleecker/Carmine) - the food is to die for and you can't beat the $15 entrees!

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                    billyeats RE: delish317 Oct 13, 2007 12:55 PM

                    Piadiana on West 10th St, just east of 6th Ave.

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                      izzyeatsny RE: delish317 Oct 13, 2007 03:29 PM

                      My boyfriend was given the responsibility of choosing a place for a recent special night and he lovingly and wisely chose Lavagna on 5th btwn A & B. The room is small and intimate with a rustic decor. I was in the mood for ravioli so I chose the spinach ravioli which was served in a porcini sauce. He had lamb that was cooked to a tender perfection. We shared a tuna appetizer. The wine list is extensive but very affordable. The service was friendly and attentive and our server was particularly knowledgeable of the wine selection.

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                        LeahBaila RE: izzyeatsny Oct 14, 2007 08:05 AM

                        Absolutely ditto Lavagna!

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                          financialdistrictresident RE: izzyeatsny Oct 15, 2007 06:36 AM

                          Another for LaVagna. LaVagna also has an amazing wine list. As alread mentioned I Coppi is also good (has a garden like Barbone).

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