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Need Italian restaurant for out-of-towners - not touristy

Hello. I need some help. Some friends of my family are in town and I'm meeting them for dinner. They are staying in Times Square and I work in the UES, but I don't want them to have to travel too far to meet me. They are Italian, own restaurants, and they are in town because their daughter is going to CIA and has studied in Italy. I don't want to go too overboard on price because they are treating, but I also want to impress them. Any suggestions?

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  1. I love Strata 57, on 57th and 8th. It's great. (Way more west side, obviously, but the best gnocchi I've had in Manhattan.)

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      1. This is not located between you - but I recently had a lovely meal at Novita (33rd and Park)

        1. Do you have a sense of the upper limit that you'd like to spend per person, with drinks/wine? That would help us narrow things down a bit.

          1. Even though it's not in your requested area, I would suggest Peasant. Real Rustic Food.