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Jun 23, 2009 09:21 AM

Italian near the Theatre District

Looking for a good, not too expensive, not touristy Italian restaurant relatively near the Theatre District for birthday dinner for two. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Il Punto is on the outskirts of the Theater District, on the corner of 9th Av. & 38th St. Delicious food and very nice ambiance.

    1. Nanni. A little further East
      46th btwn lex and third

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      1. Il Punto (fka Osteria Gelsi), Carbone (38th street btw. 8th and 9th) and Roberto Passon (50th and 9th).

        1. Puttanesca on 9th Ave, Boca di Bacco on 9th Ave, Osteria al Doge on 46th btwn 6th and Broadway

            1. re: scattoni

              Becco can get very touristy but the all you can eat pasta is a good deal even though there is better pasta to be found elsewhere.

              1. re: stephaniec25

                I don't care if Becco is a tourist trap. I like seeing Lidia there. The veal chop is excellent. One out of the 3 pastas they walk around with is usually good. I recommend Becco, Call me a tourist , who cares. Is Felidia a tourist trap? I think the whole city is a tourist trap. Every restaurant we recommend here is where the tourists go.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I think the expression "tourist trap" indicates a belief that it's a bad value. Tourists go to Katz's all the time, and it's a great, classic New York place, one of the few classic Jewish delicatessens left. So it's a place that's on the tourbus trail or whatever, but not a tourist trap (of course, a few hounds differ).

                  1. re: Pan

                    my definition of a tourist trap , is a place that is in all the tourist guides , is a ripoff, and the food is not good. So, I don't think Becco is a tourist trap, but I do think a place like Mama Leone;s sure was. I think Carmine's is too. Katz's is not, by my definition. Magnolia Bakery definitely is.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      Based on one trip to Becco, I thought it was, but I guess it's possible I got them on an off day. Agreed on the others.

                      1. re: Pan

                        No, Pan, you did not get it on an "off" day. What you got is what it is now -- the proberbial far cry from what it was when it first opened and before Lidia became a star on the tee vee.


                        1. re: RGR

                          I didn't think so, either. I was just being polite. :-)

              2. re: scattoni

                Re: Becco. Two words: Tourist Trap!

                1. re: scattoni

                  We went to Becco once pre theater with a couple who always go there before a show. For the life of me I can't understand why they don't try other Manhattan restaurants. We were "along for the ride".
                  Becco was good, not great. We had a reservation but still waited 20 minutes. We rushed thru dinner to make the show.
                  So many better places.