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Romantic, cheap Italian in the east or west village?

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. 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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    1. re: Jel212

      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.

      1. re: TheDagster

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

        1. re: TheDagster

          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.

      2. I like Supper on 2nd and B

        1. I like Cacio de Pepe on 2nd Ave

          1. 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.

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

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

                1. 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!

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

                    1. 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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                        1. re: izzyeatsny

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