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"New York" Italian?

My wife's family is coming to NYC and wants to try "real New York Italian food". Where do I take them that won't be a rip off "Il Mulino" or a tired old wreck of a place "Patsy's" "Gino's"? I'm stumpted.

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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

      Babbo is not really New York Italian or Italian-American.

    2. I haven't been to John's of 12th Street in a while, but it used to be a standby. Or is that more "tired old wreck" than you're looking for?

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      1. re: CalorieBurner

        I went within the last year or so with a large group and had a good experience.

        1. re: CalorieBurner

          It's still a reliable standby. Can't go wrong with a place that just celebrated 100 years and has enough of that NY Italian authenticity that they filmed a scene from the Sopranos there. Food is good and prices very reasonable.
          http://johnsof12thstreet.com/

          1. re: CalorieBurner

            I love John's of 12th street but you gotta be careful what you order and not expect too much. The spiedino with anchovy butter sauce is a classic. The chicken and veal rollatini or pollo mimosa (saltimbocca in champagne sauce) are good. But the last time I went, Mrs. GG ordered an osso buco over my objection and it was a train wreck.

            1. re: guttergourmet

              Some people got Osso Buco when I went there. It wasn't what I expected - for example, it had red bell pepper slices in it - but I thought it was fine. What was wrong with it when you got it?

            2. re: CalorieBurner

              John's is as tired old wrecky as it gets. I recommend Ennio and Michael's for New york Italian. I agree that babbo isnt NY italian, but it;s good. Villa Mosconi is NY italian, although I'm not a huge fan of that place, but some chowhounders have liked it

              1. re: chocolatechip

                I second Ennio and Michael's on La Guardia Place. I guess in little itlay there's Il Cortile, Angelo's, Grotto Azurra ( none are great if they are still all there) but its NY ittalian and probably better than John;s. D;Andrea is a good one too on Hudson St.

              1. Il Cortile in Little Italy. It's very good Italian food, and there' isn't a "veal cheek ravioli" in sight. (Not that I dislike designer Italian food...)

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                1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                  Second Il Cortile. Lots of fun to stroll around Little Italy (what's left of it anyway), the the food at Il Cortile is outstanding.

                2. go to piccola venezia in queens near laguardia aiprort and triboro bridge