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ukitali Dec 22, 2008 12:40 PM

I'm looking for recommendations for an Italian restaurant between 14th and 34th Street on the East Side. It has to be open Christmas Eve and have a regular a la carte menu (with lots of choices for my brother who is a picky eater) A nice, cozy, warm atmosphere is preferred with pastas in the $15-20 range. I was looking at Novita and Trattoria Belvedere. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

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    Hurner Dec 23, 2008 06:42 AM

    I think that your choice of Novita is an excellent one.

    Also in the same area is Via Emilia. Not exactly a cozy warm atmosphere, but the food is consistently delicious. http://www.viaemilianyc.net/

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      princeofpork Dec 23, 2008 09:55 AM

      I agree with the Novita suggestion. I also would suggest Beppe. We have had consistently excellent meals and service there.

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        drmoze Dec 23, 2008 04:08 PM

        Second the Via Emilia rec--atmosphere isn't bad (not too bright or loud), food is great, interesting and reasonable wine selection. Not sure if they're open XMas eve, tho.

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          ukitali Dec 29, 2008 06:09 AM

          I've been to Via Emilia and while the food was good it just wasn't the atmosphere I was looking for. We ended up at Paul & Jimmy's and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food and the service was very good.

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            RGR Dec 29, 2008 08:50 AM

            Glad to hear you enjoyed Paul & Jimmy's. And, yes, its atmospherics and those of Via Emilia are entirely different , i.e., V.E.'s = big, bright, and modern vs. P&J's = small, warm, and old-fashioned.

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        italianagambino Dec 23, 2008 06:21 AM

        Pau l and Jimmy's is a great choice...Food is good there.

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          trixareforkids Dec 22, 2008 02:17 PM

          bar stuzzichini is open, the small plates choices is good for a picky eater and the pastas are good and in your price range.

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            ukitali Dec 23, 2008 06:13 AM

            Bar Stuzzichini is serving a 7-course fish menu. I've never been to Paul and Jimmy's but the atmosphere seems a bit er, stuffy.

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              trixareforkids Dec 23, 2008 07:40 AM

              I think its only a supplement to the Stuzzichini portion of the menu. Its one of the places I'm looking into for Xmas eve dinner.

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                RGR Dec 23, 2008 08:13 AM

                Paul and Jimmy's is definitely not stuffy though if you're looking for a hip scene, you'll be sorely disappointed. The welcome is warm and the atmospherics in the small, cozy dining room are endearingly old-fashioned, i.e., typical 50's-60's decor, including a large mural of an Italian scene on the back wall. Most importantly, the food is very good.

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              RGR Dec 22, 2008 01:29 PM

              I'm not familiar withTrattoria Belvedere, and our one experience at Novita many years ago was not inspiring. I would suggest Paul and Jimmy's, on 18th St., just west of IrvingPl. You'd have to check to see if you they will be open on Christmas Eve and if their regular menu will be served.


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