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LeahBaila May 6, 2009 01:27 PM

...Has anyone been recently? Have plans to go this wknd, and was hoping for some feedback/recommendations. Thanks!

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  1. Emmmily RE: LeahBaila May 6, 2009 01:31 PM

    I had brunch there not too long ago. Food was very good (I got an artichoke fritatta), reasonably priced, good service. I'm dying to go for dinner and try out the socca.

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      LeahBaila RE: Emmmily May 6, 2009 01:33 PM

      I'm actually going for brunch, as well. I saw the artichoke fritatta on the menu, and it certainly caught my eye. Glad to hear you enjoyed! Thanks.

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    2. guttergourmet RE: LeahBaila May 6, 2009 02:37 PM

      Was there for brunch a couple of weeks ago. Start with the socca and the focaccette. The lamb sausage pizza or the wild boar lasagna are recommended.

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        fdb RE: LeahBaila May 6, 2009 08:51 PM

        I like their socca, baked clams, garlic sausage with chick peas. For dessert, Chocolate Trifle is fabulous!

        1. famdoc RE: LeahBaila May 6, 2009 09:07 PM

          I can't comment on the brunch (jeez...why is brunch so popular? It couldn't be the food...I think people just like to drink on Saturday and Sunday mornings), but Nizza has become one of my pre-theater favorites. Always start with the socca. Pizzas, pastas and fish are great.
          Service is really quite good, as well.

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            Emmmily RE: famdoc May 6, 2009 10:00 PM

            Why couldn't it be the food? Like I said, the fritatta was awfully good, plated with a small salad and polenta fries. And with the price of drinks in manhattan, I stick with water.

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              LeahBaila RE: Emmmily May 7, 2009 05:47 AM

              Wow, thanks to all of your posts, I'm really excited to eat here. Is there a particular socca that you all would recommend? Thanks!

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                famdoc RE: LeahBaila May 7, 2009 08:36 AM

                They only make one socca.

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                  LeahBaila RE: famdoc May 7, 2009 09:36 AM

                  On menupages.com, I see a "Socca" title with a bunch of different filling choices. Can you recommend one?

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                  1. re: LeahBaila
                    famdoc RE: LeahBaila May 7, 2009 07:15 PM

                    Socca is a chickpea flour crepe prepared on a grille surface with fresh herbs.
                    I've been to Nizza a few times and am aware of only one variety of socca they prepare.

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                      NYCkaren RE: famdoc May 10, 2009 02:20 PM

                      I went there Friday. There was definitely just one kind of socca. And I loved it as much as on previous visits. I had a daily special, risotto with crab and fava beans. It was only so-so. I could barely taste the crab. But my daughter's spaghettini with shrimp was very good, and another tablemate's pork saltimbocca was excellent. Their desserts are very good. My daughter, who is 11 and picky, is crazy about the warm chocolate cake.

          2. NYCkaren RE: LeahBaila May 7, 2009 09:24 AM

            Love the socca! Everything else I've had there was good too.

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              Pan RE: LeahBaila May 10, 2009 11:15 PM

              I went to their website, and I regret that they're not actually a Nicois place in concept. But is a good, really spicy Soupe de Poisson one of their Soupes du Jour? Most of their menu really looks Italian to me. I'd love it if there were a real Nicois restaurant in New York, though I've never loved Socca.

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                David W RE: LeahBaila May 27, 2009 04:40 PM

                Thanks, all, for putting me on to this spot-we had an early dinner there on Monday and loved it. I liked the socca (though my wife thought it needed salt), loved the sausage and lentils, and the ravioli di fava and the pansoti (kind of like a vegetable souffle in a pasta)-I also liked the wine selection-very decent.
                It's comfortable, good service, and a good price.

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                  fhhsalum RE: David W May 27, 2009 07:57 PM

                  I've been there three times. I like it a lot, and so does everyone I've been there with or recommended it to. But I do think that when it opened, the menu had a significantly higher proportion of interesting and unfamiliar dishes from Nice/Provence and coastal Italy. Anyone know if that's the case or I'm misremembering from a very happy first visit?

                2. beaulieu RE: LeahBaila Aug 6, 2009 06:10 AM

                  We went last night. The socca was excellent; the pizza was horrible. The other food in between. The noise level is impossible; there is no excuse for playing loud music when the poor acoustics would make just noise from conversation very high. The service was too fast. We said we had an 8:00 curtain, but they were trying to get us out by 7:00.

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                    thseamon RE: LeahBaila Aug 15, 2009 01:54 PM

                    we went last night. excellent experience. the socca, a crispy chickpea pancake, was a nice starter. for appetizers we had the bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and calamari. all good. for dinner, two of us had the Pansoti, a fresh pasta filled with greens, herbs & ricotta with parmesan and walnut pesto. delicious. another had the linguini with jalapeno. we were too filled for dessert but Chef Peter sent us a treat, so we ordered espressos. yes a bit noisy but we will go back.

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