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Great Pasta Meal?

superfine Apr 18, 2008 11:35 AM

Husband and I are looking to have our last meal before keeping Passover all week as a delicious pasta meal - any recs on restaurants with amazing homemade pasta dishes - wed go anywhere in manhattan, but prefer the west side. Of course, it has to be a place where we could get in tonight w/o reservations as well!

Thanks so much.

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    Hurner Apr 18, 2008 01:29 PM

    You might try Novita, on E.22nd, east of Park Avenue.

    1. NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2008 12:01 PM

      Il Cortile in Little Italy makes great basic homemade pasta. Great meat sauce, great Alfredo, etc. Finish the evening off at Caffe Palermo for some great Cannoli.

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        kobetobiko Apr 18, 2008 11:52 AM

        You can still walk in to Babbo at 5 - 5:30 pm and score two seats at the bar.

        Otherwise Lupa will have tables reserved for walk in as well.

        For more done-to-earth version, Malatesta, Da Andrea, Po, etc. all serve pretty good homemade pasta

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        1. re: kobetobiko
          jfood Apr 18, 2008 11:57 AM

          jfood ate at Babbo last night and the manager was telling a woman in front of him the exact same thing that kobetobiko set forth. And it is well worth it.

          BTW - jfood is in the pasta is OK for passover camp.

          1. re: kobetobiko
            Hurner Apr 18, 2008 12:05 PM

            I second the recommendation of Po.

            1. re: Hurner
              superfine Apr 18, 2008 12:08 PM

              I agree- Po is great for pasta - but we just ate there 2 weeks ago and would love to try something new - scored 2 seats at the bar during the week - had an amazing papardelle with peas and mint.

              1. re: Hurner
                NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2008 12:08 PM

                Po is tough to get into. It's a little loud. And I have found that they have a bit of an attitude ("we can't *possibly* take you" despite empty tables, rush you to the door, etc.). YMMV.

                Pasta is very good, though.

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