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UES Italian-Need some recs

bobby06877 Oct 17, 2007 11:51 AM

A relative of ours just moved to the UES, somewhere in the 80"s near 3rd and we are taking her out to dinner in a few weeks. I am not in this area often and not as familiar with the restaurants. I am hoping to find a nice, neighborhood type Italian restaurant, along the lines of a Le Zie or Crispo. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. MMRuth RE: bobby06877 Oct 17, 2007 11:53 AM

    I've not been to Le Zie or Crispo, but Spigola (Spigolo?) is very good and right around there.

    1. kcijones001 RE: bobby06877 Oct 17, 2007 11:55 AM

      There's Agata & Valentina on 79th and 1st

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        lisalu RE: bobby06877 Oct 17, 2007 12:53 PM

        Sandro's and Antonucci are both in the low 80's off 2nd Ave.-great food, atmosphere and service

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          bobby06877 RE: lisalu Oct 22, 2007 10:32 AM

          Have you been to Sando's recently? I had thought of trying the place a few months ago when I was in that area but plans were changed at last minute. I have heard some mixed things but mostly positive. Any insights on Sando's is appreciated!

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            UES Mayor RE: bobby06877 Oct 23, 2007 03:30 AM

            Sandro's IMHO is fine but nothing compared to SPIGOLO!! Call ahead for SPIGOLO as it is booked everynight but outdoor seating first come first served.Sandro's portions huge and hearty-SPIGOLO much more refined and courses are while small in size-perfect-Believe it or not thier steak is absolutely fab, but also try of course the pasta dishes and the gnochi is out of this world!!! But I warn you-make reservations!! And do not sit in my seat at the bar!!

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          chowhoundnewbie RE: bobby06877 Oct 22, 2007 10:51 AM

          I went to Nica Trattoria (84th and 1st) recently and it was delicious. But I must warn you... the service getting started is a little slow-- but once your order is taken, the food starts to come out at a good pace.
          Also, Cafe Buon Gusto (on E 77th) is always a good neighborhood place.

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            aberkel RE: bobby06877 Oct 23, 2007 05:44 AM

            I haven't been to any of the other resturaunts mentioned but I always have a great meal at Vespa. With the weather so nice lately they have a great garden you might also enjoy.

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              Gelaine RE: bobby06877 Oct 23, 2007 03:14 PM

              Rhugetta (sp?) between First and Second on 85th is small but good. My neighbor was at Nica the other nite.....enjoyed the food but hadn't realized they only take cash... had to borrow from her companion -:)

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                bosox RE: Gelaine Oct 23, 2007 03:40 PM

                firenze, on 2nd/84th

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                marye RE: bobby06877 Oct 23, 2007 03:48 PM

                Paola's on east 84th street is great

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