Help! have to make reservations now!!
I need recs for a very important dinner next month. Here are the criteria:
Italian in Manhattan
can be up to $150 per person
great service, but not uptight/stuffy
moderate loudness is fine, but would prefer to be able to carry on a conversation without yelling
dinner is for a group of girls, so romance not necessary
want fantastic food AND fantastic wine list!!
Please give me your recommendation for the BEST restaurant that meets those criteria - I know, there is some debate as to the best italian in manhattan, but I am overwhelmed!!!
Crispo is really a known factor in great Italian food.
For a more white tablecloth experience, try my favorite place, Vice Versa.
Crispo and Vice Versa are very good, but If you are willing to go that high in price, I think l'Impero or Alto would be a better choice. Also, Fiamma just got 3 stars from the Times and sounds wonderful. I have not been there since the new chef took over, but intend to try it soon. Babbo is another possibility if you can get a reservation (must call exactly one month in advance at 10 am).
I can answer that one for you, as I was one day late in trying to make reservations...if you want to book for Jan 12, you need to call on Dec 12. When I called on the 13th, they had an opening at like 10pm, which we were not willing to take - don't know about what they would say re: the end of February...good luck!
definitely try a voce. the fresh goat's milk ricotta with grilled bread is so simple yet so good!