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Just came back from 4 fabulous days .Here are my impressions of our dining experience:
Abboccato...went here for a quick bite before the ballet. Impeccable service and my mother is still raving about the lamb. I had a nice salad with marinated squash which would hve been excellent had the squash not been so cold. The grilled octopus was a bit chewy.

Central Park Boathouse....having left snowbanks behind in Ottawa, dining out by the pond watching the turtles was almost surreal! Decent food and stellar service just made it all the more memorable.

Vice Versa.....went pre theater. This was a disappointment after the many great reviews it gets on CH. Had the spring pea and goat cheese pasta which was a it bland. The seafood pasta was a bit fishy and the pork rather tasteless. Would not recommend it.

Jane.....good enough food, pleasant service but nothing stood out.

Lure Fishbar......Everyone enjoyed it. The thai snapper was the standout. Great service until we finished our entrees and then the push to get us out was just a bit too obvious.

Compass....I enjoyed the food most here. The green bean and greek yogurt and warm montrachat cheese was really interesting. The salmon with the bacon lardon and bok choy was also great. They ran out of two of the fish entrees very early and the service was ABYSMAL.

I'm returning next week and I am looking forward to enjoying some new restaurants. Still trying to find the best Italian!!

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  1. the best italian restaurants int Manhattan, IMHO, are lupa, babbo, apizz, peasant, insieme and fiamma. Babbo, insieme and fiamma are the most upscale.

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    1. re: skooldya1

      Thanks for the info. I have been to babbo and loved it. Currently have a res. at Crispo but was also looking at Apizz and Peasant so I think I will change it.

      1. re: skooldya1

        How would you compare the upscale ones to Alto, if you've been?