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Loved Babbo......now what?

trishottawa Mar 18, 2008 11:14 AM

I am the restaurant organizer for our yearly NYC trip.......huge pressure!!
Wowed them with Babbo last year and not sure how to top that. Looking for Italian, under $30 entrees, any neighborhood.

  1. dkstar1 Mar 18, 2008 12:50 PM

    A Voce is a very good option.
    If neighborhood isn't an issue you might consider Sfoglia (UES) or Insieme (Times Square-ish area).
    Other good options are Lupa or Maremma.

    1. Miss Needle Mar 18, 2008 12:37 PM

      Del Posto is a bit more than 30 an entree but perhaps an option? There's also Avoce.

      1. g
        ginsbera Mar 18, 2008 11:59 AM

        Few suggestions:

        - Degustation - Small plates, 16 seats, open kitchen amazing food, one of the best dining experiences in the city
        - Perilla- great neighborhood spot, amazing food, run by former top chef winner Harold
        - Perry Street - Quality Jean Georges spot, pricing is a little more reasonable
        - Tia Pol - best Spanish tapas in the city, a piece of Barcelona in Manhattan
        - Blue Hill (just at $30 and a few over, but worth it) - emphasis on local, all-natural ingredients
        - The little owl - wonderful neighborhood restaurant, always packed, emphasis on comfortable setting, no frills great food
        - Bar Room @ The Modern - the smaller dining room in the MOMA, amazing food, great setting, chic and popular
        - WD-50 - Wylie Dufresne's molecular gastronomy paradise, recently given 3 stars by the times and always providing memorable dining and images

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        1. re: ginsbera
          trishottawa Mar 18, 2008 12:12 PM

          We are going to Perilla and Perry Street and enjoyed the modern on a past visit. We seem to have similar tastes! What about Italian?

          1. re: trishottawa
            ginsbera Mar 18, 2008 12:48 PM

            ha, well look at that.

            Italian, well there are so many, but for $30 or less an entree check these out:

            - Inseimme - 7th Ave. in Times Square - get the lasagna
            - Sfoglia - Upper East Side gem
            - Cesca - UWS and Tom Valenti
            - Falai - LES - former pastry chef of Le Cirque is making a name for himself

            More Casual
            - 'ino - some of the best italian panini's you will ever have
            - Centro Vinoteca - Ann Burrell's italian hot spot
            - Bar Stuzzichini - massive spot, with tons of small italian plates, good for groups and easy on the wallet


            1. re: trishottawa
              180macd Mar 18, 2008 01:36 PM

              Sfoglia, Pepolino, Peasant and Spigolo are my favorites.

          2. r
            rrems Mar 18, 2008 11:43 AM


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