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maripepa Nov 29, 2007 10:43 AM

i'm in NY for the weekend with my boyfriend and we're looking for a great italian restaurant to try. something authentic with great atmosphere, great red wine, and great food (pricey is ok). We're staying in Midtown, but i dont' mind taking a cab somewhere else in the city for a great dinner/ evening. We are from Austin, so great italian restaurants are a treat! thanks

  1. Spiritchaser Nov 29, 2007 10:45 AM

    I'm just beating a lot of people to the punch by saying: Crispo

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    1. re: Spiritchaser
      pellegrino31 Nov 29, 2007 10:58 AM

      You certainly are speaking on behalf of a lot of people! I love Crispo and think it would be perfect.

      I also like Apizz though it doesn't have a very extensive menu, what they do have is amazing (esp short ribs and gnocchi).

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      Lucia Nov 29, 2007 11:02 AM

      Crispo, Peasant, Apizz
      More expensive (and if you can get a reservation), Babbo

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        Simon Nov 29, 2007 11:08 AM

        Il Giglio...old-school romantic Italian in Tribeca...fantastic wines, gratis antipasti, shrimp fra diavolo, etc...my fav upscale Italian in the city...

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          RGR Nov 29, 2007 11:15 AM

          We just had an exceptionally delicious dinner at L'Impero. Excellent wine pairings for my husband (I don't drink). Very good service -- friendly and efficient. Understated elegant surroundings, but not a hint of stuffiness. Several menu options: a la carte, a 4-course prix-fixe, and a 7-course tasting dinner.


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          1. re: RGR
            JungMann Nov 29, 2007 11:29 AM

            I'm a fan of their sister restaurant, Alto. Bruni gave it high marks and I can't help but agree.

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            rrems Nov 29, 2007 12:25 PM

            I love Crispo, but if price is not important I would choose l'Impero or Alto. Check their menus and see which one appeals to your taste. L'Impero emphasizes southern Italian and is a bit more rustic and Alto is northern and more refined. Both are great, but my personal preference is l'Impero, particularly for the atmosphere. Fiamma just got a great review this week in the Times, 3 stars, but I have not been there in years. Sounds very promising and I hope to try it sometime.

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              fourunder Nov 29, 2007 01:01 PM

              I'm a Rustic Italian Fan, so Peasant gets my recommendation. Less is More.

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