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May 13, 2008 03:53 PM

SF Hound seeks advice

We'll be in Manhattan ever so briefly. I am looking for great Italian. We will be staying
in Chelsea but take the subway all over the city. We ate at Babbo last visit and actually were somewhat underwhelmed. We'd probably go with less pricey and love small neighborhood places even more than destination restaurants.

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  1. Some of my favorites: Crispo, Apizz, Peasant, Lupa, Po, Otto

    1. im with you...very underwhelmed by batali places.

      id try favorite italian spots...more on the low end:

      da andrea

      and in di la and noodle pudding

      most of these places do not take reservations but the wait isnt too bad. i can promise you some excellent neighborhood casual italian here.

      1. I second Lupa, Otto, and 'ino

        1. what didn't you like about babbo?

          1. You're getting a lot of Batali suggestions here, but if you didn't like Babbo, I wouldn't bother with the others.

            Lavagne, Gnocco, Franks would probably fit what you're looking for.

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