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Italian restaurant recommendation please

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Heading to the city for one night next week to celebrate my niece's 21st birthday. We (her grandparents, mother and I) are talking her to Bemelman's for a drink, then we'd like to go to an Italian restaurant for dinner either on the upper east side or toward our hotel, which is near Bryant Park. Any suggestions appreciated!

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  1. Look up Mia Dona:

    http://www.miadona.com/

    My only caveat is that the food is very heavily spiced (some grandparents are put off by that).

    1. Felidia or Convivio are both fantastic. Felidia likely a bit easier to get a table.

      If both fail, Alto is very nice, though a bit pricey.

      1. Spigolo on 81st/2nd is fab-u need reservations!!! Very cozy (small) place-you will love!