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Tempo or al di la?

Every now and again we get the opportunity to have a baby-free dinner. As new parents, we need extra tasty food to compensate for missing our little muffin. Tempo and al di la are both walking distance from home, yet we have never been to either one (Lunetta and Lucali are closer and easier!). We are vegetarians, and there seems to be something to eat for us at each. I know al di la doesn't take reservations, but I don't think it will be a problem for us since we will be eating early. I was leaning toward Tempo, but in light of a recent negative review I was hoping for some feedback to help me choose.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Honestly,I love them both! We probably go to Tempo more often because it is easier to get a table and the prix fixe is an amazing deal, but Al Di La is delicious also. You can't go wrong with either one.

    1. i think if you've never been, al di la is superior. the only reason i enjoy tempo these days is that al di la's menu doesnt change and you get a bit tired of the same old stuff.

      but the food is superior at al di la in my opinion...even for a vege like yrself.

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      1. re: sam1

        Loved A di La when we visited. Food was delicious. Had a great big glass of wine at Tempo. They are offering a great value prix fix but we did not eat there although it sounded good.

      2. Al di la, totally! Tempo has never really won my heart in the same way. I think their veg ravioli is one of the best things on the menu.

        1. For a baby-free night, I recommend Tempo. Yes, food very good at al di la, but it is very cramped at tables for two. I'm a veg (actually, I eat fish, so semi-veg) and the choices are always more plentiful at Tempo. Love the bucatini, the mushroom polenta and the salad with goat cheese. So, if you don't want a bit more space and don't want to hear the next couple's conversation, and if you care about a much better wine list and great cocktails, I'd pick Tempo. I know I'm in the minority - but like the ambience more at Tempo for a rare night out.

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          1. re: Roxy9

            Meant to say: If you "do" want a bit more space..." go with Tempo.

            1. re: Roxy9

              I've not been to Tempo, but we recently had a baby-free dinner at Al Di La and I thought it was fantastic. Then again I ate a meat dish...so maybe my advice is useless to you. In any case, enjoy your adult time!

          2. We are FINALLY making it to the Al Di La/Tempo dinner this weekend (still have not decided). I will report back after!

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            1. re: Olive123

              if you can get around the reservation issue, no choice. al di la is far superior. imo, of course.
              :-)

              1. re: TBird

                al di la is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Tempo is a decent, if slightly underwhelming, neighborhood restaurant. In its ilk, there are hundreds of better places in NYC (though perhaps not the neighborhood).