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Dell'Anima, Convivio, Scarpetta or return to the tried & true?

Hungryfina Sep 21, 2009 11:50 PM

I'm heading east to New York for the first time in almost a year and a half. During my last visit I ate at Momofuku Ko, EMP, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I used to keep up with the restaurant openings, but my new job has kept me too busy.

After a little research I'm debating between Scarpetta, Dell'anima, and Convivio. However, I'm not too excited about any of them. Part of me wants to just go back to Babbo, Blue Hill, Hearth, the Bar at the modern, or Prune where I know the food will be delicious and the scene will be lively.

Thoughts? Are any of my suggest restaurants worth getting excited about? Or is there something I'm missing? This should probably be on another board, but I've never been to Brooklyn and I'm open to venturing out their for a good eat.

Generally price isn't an issue but stuffy white glove service isn't my thing. I hate empty restaurants, but having amazing food is always more important than being trendy. I eat every type of food.

I'm going to NYC a month from Friday - so I need to make up my mind ASAP in time for reservations!

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  1. hcbk0702 RE: Hungryfina Sep 22, 2009 12:56 AM

    Both Convivio and Scarpetta are very good. In fact, there are many people on this board that strongly prefer them to Babbo. If you're looking for an Italian pasta fix, Convivio may be the best restaurant in NYC to scratch that itch. The pasta dishes are exceptional and extremely satisfying, the apps are strong (especially the ones that feature organ meat), but the main courses are weaker overall.

    Scarpetta is another board favorite. It draws a lot of attention for its two well-known signature dishes: polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms and the spaghetti with tomato and basil. Both of them sound simple on paper, but are really delicious. The black cod with caramelized fennel and concentrated tomatoes is another crowd-pleaser. Scarpetta is also in a very trendy neighborhood and seems to embrace that aesthetic with its decor (e.g. large retractable skylight in the dining room, exposed light fixtures, lacquer-finished wood etc.), while Convivio has a warmer, more traditional setting.

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    1. re: hcbk0702
      rrems RE: hcbk0702 Sep 22, 2009 10:15 AM

      Very well said, hcbk. I agree 100%. If you are not stuck on Italian, though, I would also consider Aldea.

    2. a213b RE: Hungryfina Sep 22, 2009 12:09 PM

      While I have not been to Dell'Anima, both Scarpetta and Convivio are very, very good ... as another poster said, I just might prefer both to Babbo. I have a hard time imagining not having an outstanding meal at either one.

      1. Hungryfina RE: Hungryfina Sep 24, 2009 09:07 PM

        Thank you! We are going to go to Scarpetta Friday night and Sushi Yasuda Saturday night. I'll report back on how it goes!

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