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May 10, 2009 02:30 PM

quest for a historical spot

I'm looking for a restaurant that was my mothers favorite place in the 70s. It may not still exist. This is what I know: it started with a "b". Was in a town house north of 42 nd st. Italian I believe but maybe French. Expensive. Had been in the family for 2 or 3 generations. Can you help me? Do you know it? Does it still exist? Thank you!

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  1. Barbetta

    One of the few restaurants featuring a menu primarily from Piedmont, Italy. Some of the classic dishes need to be ordered in advance (like bagna cauda, and in the winter) so it's worthwhile to call ahead if you are looking for the full Piedmont treatment. Beautiful outdoor garden in good weather.

    I don't think this is what you meant, but the restaurant and building are "historic". There is a bunch of info if you click around their website.

    Food is perhaps not a great as it could be, but it is not bad, better if you are familiar with classics and are looking for them, less good for people who want a modern Italian blow-out.

    321 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

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