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michparent Jan 24, 2008 09:47 AM

We will be in NY and are looking for a great italian restaurant to dine in. We are both in the wine business so something nicer with a great wine list would be ideal. How are the Batali restaurants? Also, other suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  1. MMRuth RE: michparent Jan 24, 2008 09:52 AM

    I've not been to Babbo but had a great meal last fall at Alto and a lot of people like its sister restaurant, L'Impero, which I have not been to. I also like Lupa - much more casual.


    11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

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      Tay RE: MMRuth Jan 24, 2008 09:54 AM

      I like L'Impero as well

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        kitch RE: Tay Jan 24, 2008 11:34 AM

        I'm partial to Elio's on 2nd Ave up in the 80's. Killer veal parm.

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          clashfan RE: kitch Jan 24, 2008 05:47 PM

          I thought Del Posto was excellent. Great atmosphere as well.

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      rrems RE: michparent Jan 24, 2008 05:52 PM

      L'Impero and Alto are excellent, as is Babbo, but you can get similar food to Babbo at Lupa for a lot less money. All have interesting wine lists. Crispo is also excellent and not expensive, with a pretty nice wine selection.

      1. NiKoLe1625 RE: michparent Jan 24, 2008 06:33 PM

        I would highly recommend Batali's Babbo or Del Posto... especially for someone in the wine business. I have eaten at both restaurants several times, and they have both been consistently great. The wine lists at both are also quite impressive.

        1. Angelina RE: michparent Jan 25, 2008 04:28 AM

          Definately Babbo. I have never had a bad meal nor have I ever had bad service. If you want to try more casual for lunch, try his place Lupa on Thompson St. Great selection of wines as well.

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            idia RE: Angelina Jan 25, 2008 05:03 AM

            Without a doubt, Crispo, IMO.

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              MMRuth RE: idia Jan 25, 2008 06:34 AM

              Really - I'm going to have to get myself down there. How does it compare to Alto/Del Posto/Babbo etc.?

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                idia RE: MMRuth Jan 25, 2008 06:53 AM

                Crispo is not as fancy looking and certainly way too loud on weekends, but the talent is all in the kitchen.
                I cannot speak for the restaurants you mentioned because I have not been there.
                Remember, this is only MY opinion.

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                  MMRuth RE: idia Jan 25, 2008 06:55 AM

                  Thanks Idia - we're going to have to give it a try - any particular dishes you'd recommend for the first timer? Sounds like I should try it on a week night.

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                    idia RE: MMRuth Jan 25, 2008 06:58 AM

                    Everything is soooo good, I hesitate to say. Our tastes may be quite different. But I'll tell you this much, you can't go wrong with anything you order.
                    Enjoy and I'll be anxious to know whether you share my enthusiasm or not.

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                      rrems RE: MMRuth Jan 25, 2008 07:25 AM


                      The only thing I can add to what Idia has already said is that Crispo is very similar to Lupa in style, price and ambience, as opposed to the other 3 Batali restaurants you mentioned. If you like Lupa I think you will be very happy with Crispo.

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                        MMRuth RE: rrems Jan 25, 2008 07:26 AM

                        Great, thanks!

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              michparent RE: michparent Jan 25, 2008 11:29 AM

              We are trying Crispo. I will post a report. Thank you all for the suggestions!

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