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Mulberry Street Italian

hamstrman May 17, 2008 08:07 PM

I am looking to find the best Italian food on Mulberry street. However, I am looking for one of the places that, when the street is closed down every weekend over the summer, puts tables and chairs outside their restaurant. Perhaps they all do this. I am not necessarily looking for super-authentic, super-exotic or super-expensive food, but just a delicious meal. If this deliciousness coincides with those three aforementioned things, that's fine too.

Your suggestions are appreciated!

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    Jorel RE: hamstrman May 18, 2008 08:56 AM

    Based on your requirements, I'd suggest to just walk down Mulberry and pick the place with seats outside that looks best to you. There is not much Italian or delicious about Mulberry Street. Nothing will be super authentic or super exotic, so you're safe there.

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      mch RE: hamstrman May 19, 2008 08:57 AM

      i don't know if they have seats outside but angelos on mulberry is great.

      1. ChefJune RE: hamstrman May 19, 2008 09:02 AM

        imho, you will have a hard time finding what I would call a delicious meal on Mulberry Street. There are so many great Italian restaurants in Manhattan, but none of them are there.... any more.

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          currymouth RE: hamstrman May 19, 2008 09:04 AM

          Is Luna's on Mulberry? I forget.

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            SaucyintheCity RE: currymouth May 19, 2008 09:44 AM

            Do you mean Lunella? Yes, between Grand and Broome and it's excellent.

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              currymouth RE: SaucyintheCity May 19, 2008 09:48 AM

              No, Pretty sure it's Luna's, but then again it's been a while.

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                currymouth RE: SaucyintheCity May 19, 2008 09:53 AM

                Hole in the wall, where you have to pass the kitchen to get to small dining room. No out door dining, plates, forks, spoons,glasses don't match. Food is like mama's house in Staten Island. Nothing fancy, just good and filling.

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                  SaucyintheCity RE: currymouth May 19, 2008 10:09 AM

                  Now that I think about it I'm pretty sure there's a Luna's and a Lunella both on Mulberry St. Never been to Luna's though. sorry.

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              cutthroat49 RE: hamstrman May 19, 2008 10:07 AM

              Luna's has been closed for several years. Last of the good "red sauce" places on the block. Everything else is just a tourist trap. Get you in and seated and all of a sudden family sytle servings and prices.If I cant get to Arthur Ave. I stay home

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                currymouth RE: cutthroat49 May 19, 2008 10:17 AM

                Tis a shame, As you can tell I was never a fan of the new Little Italy. The thought of sitting elbow to elbow with a family from Grand Rapids oohing and ahhing over sub standard so called Italian food held no promise for me. I would rather hit the Olive Garden . At the very least they space their tables out.

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                  il Trifulau RE: currymouth May 19, 2008 12:02 PM

                  Cutthroat, with all due respect, I believe it's revisionist history to call Luna the last good anything.

                  My parents took me there about once a month in the summer from our home in Staten Island. That was the late seventies, to mid eighties. We loved it then.
                  Tried it again with my wife about 8 years ago and were tempted to just get up and leave mid-meal.
                  It was unbelievably bad and apparently had been for many years until it closed.

                  A shame is what it is.

              2. Chandavkl RE: hamstrman May 19, 2008 01:31 PM

                They do make up for the mediocre food with their high prices.

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                  jcm RE: hamstrman May 20, 2008 06:09 AM

                  Go to Angelo's - - - Make sure you order the Speddinni (sp) appetizer. It is truly wonderful, but it's not hard to make fried cheese taste good. If you are with a group they will split up 1 or 2 orders in multiple plates. They also have many fresh pastas. Angelo's is not the best bang for your buck, but it's still a great meal.

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                    Walshky RE: hamstrman May 20, 2008 04:08 PM

                    Though I do not go there for Italian often, on Mulberry I usually hit up Da Nico. Never had a bad meal there.

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