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Help me pick between these places PLEASE!

wcgirl Apr 28, 2009 06:44 PM

Trying to decide between these places (but I'm open to new ideas too)....
Macao Trading
Fig and Olive
Spotted Pig

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    carfreeinla Apr 29, 2009 06:25 PM

    I ate at Fig and Olive (52nd) this week. We only had appetizers ( lots of them) and dessert. I am not motivated to return. The portions were tiny and our server was odd. She took our order and scratched her arm while doing it. Kinda creepy. I did like the Olive oil gelato...

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      wcgirl Apr 29, 2009 12:42 PM

      Okay so I've decided that I'm up for casual italian tonight...so......what should i choose?

      gemma, barbuto or co???

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      1. re: wcgirl
        steve h. Apr 29, 2009 01:20 PM

        front of the house at scarpetta.

        1. re: wcgirl
          foodwhisperer Apr 29, 2009 09:23 PM

          for casual italian i dont recommend Co. unless you want pizza. Casual italian i'd say Malatesta, Frank, D'andrea, ..... or maybe even Inoteca ,,,, ive never been to gemma or barbuto ,, but i was at Co. last nite ,,,

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          mbs Apr 29, 2009 08:07 AM

          Does anyone know prices of Scarpetta.....their site and MenuPages both do not list prices....

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          1. re: mbs
            YveyH Apr 29, 2009 01:28 PM

            Pastas are in the low mid 20's and the entrees are 30's ish

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            apples Apr 29, 2009 08:00 AM

            so funny... I have a business dinner, but with young fun people
            I am trying to decide between Scarpetta and Commerce

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              banjolinana Apr 29, 2009 07:28 AM

              I've been to all your places and hands down i say Scarpetta. One of the best meals i've ever had.

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                fein Apr 29, 2009 06:42 AM

                i haven't been to macao or scarpetta but all your selections are very different. it really depends on what you are looking for, when you are going and who you will be with.

                i enjoy ippudo. it is great for a casual dinner, expect a wait. spotted pig is good but i didn't find the food great. the burger was yummy. we sat at the bar for lunch. it is a cool spot though so worth a visit. fig and olive is more of a date place or girls night out dinner.

                1. Slob Apr 29, 2009 06:04 AM

                  The only one I've been to on that list is Scarpetta. And I would give a total and unqualified recommendation for Scarpetta. The food is incredible, the room is beautiful, and the service was phenomenal.

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                    wcgirl Apr 29, 2009 06:00 AM

                    i'm just trying to make a decision....they all look so good

                    1. thew Apr 28, 2009 07:19 PM

                      these places are very different

                      ippudo is lovely

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                      1. re: thew
                        foodwhisperer Apr 29, 2009 07:00 AM

                        The places are very different. What kind of food youre in the mood for would be the deciding point. If you want a happening bar scene, pick Macao. If you want ramen soup in a communal seating situation pick ippudo. Ive never been to scarpetta, and the spotted pig , which is always crowded, is good, but I dont think it lives up to its reputation.

                      2. steve h. Apr 28, 2009 07:00 PM

                        i'm a fan of both scarpetta and the pig. they're quite different. what would you like to know?

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