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Mar 19, 2008 11:03 AM

NYC Italian

I'll be meeting California relatives in NYC this summer. They have requested "authentic" New York Italian. Is there somewhere between Times Square and Murray Hill that won't max out my Visa? A short cab ride is OK.

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  1. Presuming that by "authentic" your relatives mean traditional Italian...

    Campanile is a neighborhood gem, hidden away on 29th St., b/t Madison and Park Av. S. The food's well-prepared and delicious. Service is welcoming and capable. The space has a pleasant, old-fashioned feel with comfortable seating and a conversation-friendly noise level. Prices are moderate.

    In the Times Square area, Trattoria Trecolori is a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. Very tasty homestyle fare is served by a friendly, efficient staff in a space that has well-spaced tables and attractive contemporary ambiance.

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      1. re: RGR

        Hi RGR - funny thing is I recommended Trecolori in the "Cravings" board to the same poster on the grounds that I considered it "authentic NYC Italian" (which the poster specified) as opposed to "authentic Italian Italian". YMMV, and all that. :)

          1. re: Striver

            It's that great minds thingy, Striver. :-)

        1. I also recommend Campanile because the food is excellent and the prices moderate, but I found another Italian place, though it is a bit outside the area you asked for, that I liked very much. It is called Nino's of Tuscany and is on 58th street around 6th or 7th avenue. There is a pianist called Irving Fields, he is 93 years old, and he plays there 6 nights a week. The food is not too expensive and it is a very nice restaurant. The service is excellent. It is not wanna be actors and actresses that work there:)

          1. Yes, there are several responses to this presumably double request on the Cravings board, and though they were worded only slightly differently, I did get different impressions as to what the OP was looking for. I suggest those responses either be moved to to this thread, or both threads be maintained as separate topics.

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