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Il Posto Accanto-EV?

synergy Aug 28, 2009 04:27 AM

I just read a wonderful review of Il Posto Accanto in the East Village. Thinking of giving it a try. Has anyone been? If so, please share your experience and opinion. Do they have tables where a party of 4 could eat? From the pictures it looks like only a wine bar with the small, high bar-type tables. Thanks Chowhounders.

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  1. MMRuth RE: synergy Aug 28, 2009 04:43 AM

    I read that too, and took myself straight there to lunch yesterday after a trip to Di Palo. How could I not - she says she's chubby because she loves to eat, her husband is Dominican and she says she's a cook not a chef. The first two describe me, and, well, I love the idea that she thinks of herself as a cook not a chef.

    I highly recommend it. The tables are as you describe, but there are definitely tables for four, and a party for four was there when I was. I ate by myself at the bar. Since this was my first visit, I went "whole hog". I started with a glass of prosecco and bruschetta - loved the thin, grilled piece of bread - plenty of olive oil, some of the best tomatoes I've had this summer, and basil. I then had the mussels - the mussels were small, plump and not a mealy one in the bunch. They had a lovely color like scallop roe. The broth was perfect - a nice touch of red pepper flakes, and I liked the fact that the garlic seemed to have been sauteed a bit first - it was slightly carmelized, and as a result, that sometimes acrid hit of garlic was absent. I had a glass of Pinot Grigio with the mussels, after tasting another white of my choosing that wasn't as crisp as I wanted it to be.

    Then - the tortellini with the ragu. The ragu has shredded meat, rather than ground meat, and I appreciated the texture. The tortellini were delicate, perfectly cooked, and, somehow, what could have been a very heavy dish wasn't, and I ate every last tortellini inspite of my intention not to. I had a glass of red wine with this, but I don't remember the name - the bartender recommended it, gave me a taste, and I went with it.

    Yes, I then followed this with dessert - Tiramisu - a dessert that so often is poorly executed and, for lack of a better word, gloppy. Not this one. Theirs comes in parfait glass - make sure to dig down with each bite to get some of the alcohol. I finished with a well-drawn espresso.

    The tab was about $60 before tip. The service was pleasant, friendly and accomodating. The bartender showed no hesitation in opening bottles of wine for me to taste - or for the couple also eating at the bar. The cook's husband was around, casually overseeing things and ensuring that his guests were happy. His wife also popped up from the kitchen occasionally.

    I can't wait to go back to this warm and welcoming restaurant.

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      synergy RE: MMRuth Aug 28, 2009 01:37 PM

      MMRuth, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I got hungry reading your post. Do you think we need to make reservations for 4 people, especially since it's small in there....

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        MMRuth RE: synergy Aug 28, 2009 02:17 PM

        I don't know one way or the other about reservations - there were only two other parties there for lunch - I arrived at noon when they opened. Might be worth calling to ask.

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        Pan RE: MMRuth Aug 28, 2009 10:49 PM

        Thanks for the review, Ruth. Based on the URL of their website, they seem to be not only on the same block as Il Bagatto but also associated with Il Bagatto:


        Is their food similar to Il Bagatto's? I haven't eaten at Il Bagatto in several years, because they got so busy that, with reservations, you could still wait 45 minutes or more for a table, but I used to like their food. The prices of the two restaurants seem similar. I'll note in passing that it's odd that it's apparently impossible to see either Il Posto Accanto's food menu or Il Bagatto's eat-in menu on their website. (The latter's delivery menu looks very limited on their site, but I think it may actually be a good deal more extensive than that.)

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          MMRuth RE: Pan Aug 30, 2009 02:05 PM

          I've never been to Il Bagatto, but as you say, it is the same owners.

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            Wilfrid RE: MMRuth Aug 30, 2009 05:10 PM

            Correct. There's comfortable bar dining, as well as a communal high table with stools, maybe another smaller high table or two. I don't recall any four tops as such, and don't know if they take reservations. The food is good, and the wine list very good.

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              MMRuth RE: Wilfrid Aug 31, 2009 11:01 AM

              I think there is definitely at least one four top at Il Posto, and probably actually two or more.

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              intrepid RE: MMRuth Aug 30, 2009 06:30 PM

              yes same owners , virtually next door to each other, il bagatto has been there for a long time, withstanding all the comings and goings of the nabe and economy back in the day, it was a hot spot

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          Daniel76 RE: synergy Aug 31, 2009 07:57 AM

          I went the other night and was unimpressed.. The best item we ordered was the tripe the worst item we ordered was the pasta with Botarga.. This pasta was sitting in a soupy water with some beans, very little if no botarga..

          All in all the place was average.. I dont know if this place is worthy of a glowing review but, it wasnt horrible.,

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            BLover33 RE: Daniel76 Aug 31, 2009 10:54 AM

            totally disagree.
            Il Bagatto and Il Posto Accanto are both amazing. the grilled octopus salad although very small is outrageous and the branzzino. all the pasta at both are exceptional and the grilled calamari is the best I have had.
            posto is literally next door with a smaller menu.
            the owners Beatrice and Julio do a fantastic job!

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              Daniel76 RE: BLover33 Aug 31, 2009 11:11 AM

              That is funny because the octopus sald I got was powdery and chewy and some of the worst prepared octopus I have had.. Not to mention that they cut the pieces into tiny bite size pieces.. They served it with a salad that was nothing special.. Lettuces and whatever.. But the octopus was poorly prepared..

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                BLover33 RE: Daniel76 Aug 31, 2009 11:57 AM

                very surpised to hear. have had it many times and never disappointed but yes, small as I mentioned.

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                Daniel76 RE: BLover33 Aug 31, 2009 11:12 AM

                When you say all the pastas are exceptional.. Did you try the Bortaga pasta?

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                MMRuth RE: Daniel76 Aug 31, 2009 10:59 AM

                Was the pasta with bottarga a special or on the menu? Odd that a pasta dish with bottarga would also have beans in it. Sorry you didn't enjoy your meal.

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                  Daniel76 RE: MMRuth Aug 31, 2009 11:12 AM

                  it was not a special.. it was on the menu.

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                    Wilfrid RE: Daniel76 Aug 31, 2009 01:49 PM

                    Daniel, did you mean Il Bagatto or Il Posto Accanto?

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                      Daniel76 RE: Wilfrid Sep 1, 2009 06:40 AM

                      It was definitely Il Posto Accanto. A place a like better which is not too much further down is Emporio.

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                        Pan RE: Daniel76 Sep 1, 2009 06:22 PM

                        I'm not familiar with Emporio. Any particular items you recommend there (and while you're at it, where is it)?

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                          Daniel76 RE: Pan Sep 2, 2009 12:52 PM

                          231 Mott St
                          (between Spring St & Prince St)
                          New York, NY 10012

                          (212) 966-1234

                          I just gave this place as an example because the two are about the same distance for me to walk.

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                sadiemulcadie RE: synergy Aug 31, 2009 02:07 PM

                It means the place nearby or next door

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