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Scarpetta, Convivio or Del Posto for Pasta

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We are visiting NYC over the holidays and can't decide between Scarpetta, Convivio or Del Posto. We love pasta and would like recommendations on which of these three is the best for pasta dishes. We've been to Babbo and Lupa and enjoyed both. Thanks!

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  1. Scarpetta has the best Spaghetti al Pomodoro in the world, Convivio is also excellent and an easier rez. Del posto is great, but would not be my choice for pasta (though the crab/jalapeno spaghetti is awesome)

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    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    1. Convivio has a large selection and they are all wonderful. Scarpetta is great but not as many to choose from and to me a bit less interesting. Haven't been to DP but am of the impression that is does not compare.

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      Scarpetta
      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Convivio
      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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      1. re: rrems

        I have not been to DP, but I'd highly recommend Convivio, and prefer it over Scarpetta. Convivio is a fantastic deal if you do their 4-course meal and I haven't had a bad dish there yet.

      2. Thanks for the responses. Del Posto is definitely off the list. We were originally leaning towards Convivio, but we read some excellent things on Chowhound about Scarpetta. We looked at their menu and they have several great pasta dishes. While Scarpetta is good, it sounds like Convivio is the better choice for pasta.

        1. Tough choice. You'll enjoy either for sure. Convivio is definitely stuffier and Scarpetta more "downtowny". But I agree that Convivio's pastas are less traditional & more interesting if that is what you are looking for. The sardine pasta and the one with duck and sausage are both great. And the prix fixe is really a good deal.

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          Scarpetta
          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Convivio
          45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

          1. Can I break away from the pack and suggest that if you love pasta, then try Marea? This is the new Babbo for me and I usually love Babbo. But after eating at Marea, it reminds me of how great Babbo was when it first opened. Maybe now, not so much, still great, but not like the start. I had 3 pasta dishes at Marea, one pomodoro, one with octopus and marrow, and the other with a sausage ragu -- rivaled the ones I've ever eaten at the best in Italy. Look it up, maybe add it to your list.

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            Marea
            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

            1. I HIGHLY recomend both Convivio or Marea. Chef White is known for his homemade pasta, think its become his trademark, and you will definitley not be disappointed. Both are very reasonable price-wise and also casual dining, Convivio more casual than Marea. Marea across from Central Park so will be a great spot during the holidays to eat, however they're more know for their seafood, which is unbelievable. Read up on their reviews. Since you'll be in the city...you should go to both : )

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              Convivio
              45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

              Marea
              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: jennyjenn

                While I think both Convivio and Marea are great, I would hardly consider Marea "reasonable price-wise and also casual dining." An $89 prix fixe dinner places it among the most expensive restaurants in NYC and while it isn't as formal as some of the top French restaurants in the city, it is still on the formal side.

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                Convivio
                45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                Marea
                240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              2. Thanks again for all the responses; we might end up trying two places. I read Sam Sifton's review of Marea. I'll start looking at the Chowhound reviews.

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                Marea
                240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019