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Looking for a terrific Italian restaurant in New York City for a girl's weekend.

Janiekins Aug 16, 2008 01:46 PM

We are 3 women in our late 40's coming to NYC next month. Looking for an Italian restaurant with great food and a terrific atmosphere. Nothing too stuffy.

We do NOT want southern Italian - that is, neopolitan, sicilian red sauce based, checked tablecloth, baked parm sort of food.

Willing to splurge a little but don't want to go crazy overboard with price.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We are willing to cab it to anywhere in the city. Thanks!

  1. MMRuth Aug 16, 2008 01:52 PM

    I think Lupa would fit the bill nicely.

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    1. re: MMRuth
      RCC Aug 16, 2008 02:52 PM

      Lupa would fit your requirement. It was the first one that came on my mind.

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      esyle Aug 18, 2008 07:13 AM


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      1. re: esyle
        kcijones001 Aug 18, 2008 08:40 AM

        Bar Milano

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        stephaniec25 Aug 18, 2008 08:46 AM

        Lupa, Centro Vinoteca, Gusto, Bar Stuzzichini

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          G3B Aug 18, 2008 08:59 AM

          Have been to both Lupa and Crispo and like Crispo significantly better in terms of both food and atmosphere.

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          1. re: G3B
            financialdistrictresident Aug 24, 2008 10:35 AM

            G3B, I respectfully disagree. I found Lupa much better then Crispo. I do not care for the atmosphere at either, too noisy. Both do fit the OP's requirement of "not stuffy." We would go to Lupa more if it was easier to get a reservation.

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            truthbetold Aug 23, 2008 08:32 PM

            Dolce Vita on Grand Street NO DOUBT!

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              johnpressman Aug 24, 2008 12:08 PM

              How about Da Silvano/Bar Pitti? Inoteca??

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              1. re: johnpressman
                MMRuth Aug 24, 2008 12:11 PM

                Any particular dishes you like at Da Silvano? I wasn't too impressed the time I went there, but I didn't order any of the things some 'hounds recommended. It's a favorite of my in-laws, so any additional ordering tips would be welcome.

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