Po or A Voce or somewhere else?
According to Zagat, Po is going to be cheaper than A Voce, and I suspect livelier? I like lively when I'm in NY. Also concerned about the chef having left A Voce.
Also does anyone know if I can get olive oil gelato to go from Otto? Last time I was in NYC the Otto gelato cart wasn't in Washington Square, or at least not when I was there.
it would hard to be livelier than A Voce. It's impossible to hear in there up until about 10 p.m. The food hasn't been affected yet by the chef leaving.
I'm not sure I'd go to A Voce now b/c of the chef change. Po is good, but I'd rather go to Babbo, Lupa, Apizz, or Peasant for lively Italian.
You can get carry out from Otto.
Actually, I just heard from a friend that you can't get gelato to carry out at Otto, so I would call and double check. As for Po v. A Voce, Po will certainly not be the livelier one. I love Po, but its small and quiet, not lively. I agree that A Voce is not your best bet during a chef change so you may want to look into other options for lively Italian.
I second the idea of Babbo, Lupa, or Peasant instead of both of those.
As for the Olive Oil Gelato - I spoke with the bartender in Otto recently asking about the cart and he said because of the construction they wouldn't have it this summer (or maybe starting in Sept/Oct like they did last year). He said it's tough to get a permit. I would call and ask about taking a pint to go!
Po is definitely not what I would call a lively place, as it's very tiny with a very dark and simple atmosphere. Even so, Po is always great, and it's a pretty decent bang for the buck.