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rossinyc Jul 8, 2009 10:43 AM

I am looking for a "fine" ( read not red sauce) Italian restaurant to take out of town guests to on Friday night. The Enotecca at Del Posto is the vibe and flavor I am looking for, but don't want to spend $52 per head for a prix fixe -- ala carte preferred. Any suggestions for something other than Del Posto? Prefer the Village or Meat Market

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    jthefoodie Jul 8, 2009 10:49 AM

    I thought the Enoteca has a la carte as an option? Hounds seem to love Scarpetta, at 14th and 8th Ave, and it sounds like that would suit your needs well.

    1. MMRuth Jul 8, 2009 11:24 AM

      I think Convivio's prix fixe is less, and you can choose from anything on the menu, if I recall correctly. Not in your geographic areas though.

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        notsochubbychubette Jul 8, 2009 11:45 AM

        Il Mulino was perfection. They practially stuff you with complimentary food before you get your main course. Good stuff.

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          MMRuth Jul 8, 2009 11:57 AM

          I've not been - but I wonder if that might run a bit above the OP's price preference? Though I may be misreading the post.

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            jthefoodie Jul 8, 2009 03:08 PM

            And, though a nice restaurant, wouldn't Il Mulino fall into the "red sauce" category?

        2. LeahBaila Jul 8, 2009 12:43 PM

          The best Italian I've had recently was at Novita, on 22nd and Park.


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            small h Jul 8, 2009 01:57 PM

            Glad to know that place is still worth a visit. I used to go there all the time when I lived nearby. Union Pacific opened, closed, was replaced by another restaurant that opened, closed. And ol' Novita just sat there quietly across the street, being good.

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              LeahBaila Jul 9, 2009 04:43 AM

              Yep...Still great, indeed. Simple, high quality ingredients that are combined in many delicious ways. I was very pleased with Novita.


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            stephaniec25 Jul 8, 2009 12:55 PM

            Definitely try Scarpetta in the meatpacking district.

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              cimui Jul 8, 2009 11:02 PM

              Insieme is beyond your preferred area (on 51st and 7th), but it's worth the travel IMO. There's a $35 cucina povera set menu, as well as a la carte options.

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                cups123 Jul 9, 2009 05:30 AM

                II mulino doesn't have prices on their menu? Any ideas how much?

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