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mick Apr 11, 2009 09:34 PM

Not including wine,drinks etc what are the best in price catagories. I know even these catagories vary from person to person but just trying to get a general idea. It does not matter if its an old school-red sauce place,rustic,comtemporary,regional,innovative twist just trying to break them down into some type of price category. Thank you!

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  1. LeahBaila RE: mick Apr 13, 2009 05:58 AM

    Inexpensive: Lil' Frankies (good pizza, salads, OK pastas), L'Artusi (all pastas are under $20), Malatesta Trattoria

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      ExFlexitarian RE: mick Apr 13, 2009 07:35 AM

      Inexpensive - Paprika, Lil' Frankies, Supper
      Moderate - Perbacco, 'Inoteca, Barbone
      Expensive - Scarpetta, Convivio, Lupa

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        Pan RE: ExFlexitarian Apr 13, 2009 10:28 PM

        I consider Lupa moderate. Think about it this way: If Babbo is expensive, Lupa HAS TO be moderate, by comparison. And even Babbo is not that expensive, compared to really expensive French or New American places (but I would certainly put it in the "expensive" category).

        I am not going to say which places are "best," though, because I haven't been to all of them. Babbo is certainly the place where I've had the best Italian meal in New York in the last 15-to-20 years, though.

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        notsochubbychubette RE: mick Apr 13, 2009 07:53 AM

        I enjoy Paul and Jimmy's (18th and Irving) very much.

        1. Yaqo Homo RE: mick Apr 13, 2009 09:05 AM

          On the moderate tier, I am rather fond of Crispo on W. 14th St.

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            LAMP RE: Yaqo Homo Apr 13, 2009 09:15 AM

            I second Crispo - had an excellent meal there on Friday night.

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            JulesTei RE: mick Apr 13, 2009 05:10 PM

            Inexpensive: Frank, Cacio e Pepe
            Moderate: Po, Da Silvano, Perbacco
            Expensive: Del Posto

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              steakrules85 RE: mick Apr 14, 2009 09:58 AM

              Moderate- Crispo is great.

              Expensive Babbo (although for the price not bad compared to French)

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                acidity RE: mick Apr 17, 2009 06:19 AM

                The other suggestions here are definitely a good representation of the majority opinion. If you find that you don't agree with the majority, next time try:

                Expensive: Felidia (excellent classic, not big flavors)
                Moderate: Dell Anima (maybe a little salty)
                Cheap: ... I dunno, pizza? but now you're headed deep into Brooklyn.

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                  Jane A. RE: mick Apr 17, 2009 10:30 AM

                  For moderate I like Luna Piena on 53rd between 2nd & 3rd.

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