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SF Hound seeks advice

roxie May 13, 2008 03:53 PM

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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    Lucia RE: roxie May 13, 2008 04:29 PM

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

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      sam1 RE: roxie May 13, 2008 05:38 PM

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

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

      da andrea

      and in brooklyn...al 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. misnatalie RE: roxie May 13, 2008 05:48 PM

        I second Lupa, Otto, and 'ino

        1. steve h. RE: roxie May 13, 2008 07:28 PM

          what didn't you like about babbo?

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            sugartoof RE: roxie May 13, 2008 09:09 PM

            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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              sugartoof RE: sugartoof May 14, 2008 01:06 PM

              Peasant is another.

            2. jakew8 RE: roxie May 14, 2008 08:38 AM

              Of all of the suggestions thus far, I'd vote for Apizz.

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