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nerak Nov 13, 2009 05:07 AM

looking for a place in manhattan where we can sit down, have amazing pizza, salad, wine.. and hold a conversation.

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    metfan630 Nov 13, 2009 05:12 AM

    How big a group? Any particular neighborhood? Willing to put up with a wait, or want to sit down right away?

    Assuming a large group, I would say Patsy's would work well, multiple locations, solid pizza, good salads and not too long a wait usually. Other options are John's on Bleeker (longer wait, but better pizza) or Arturo's (would call for a res for a larger group.

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    1. re: metfan630
      nerak Nov 13, 2009 05:40 AM

      group of 7, prefer not to wait. have you heard anything about veloce in the east village?

      1. re: nerak
        kathryn Nov 13, 2009 08:57 AM

        Veloce is OK, the style is definitely much more buttery/heavy, and it's baked in a pan. My biggest problem with it was how heavy it seemed. And it definitely gets soggy after the first few minutes.

    2. iluvcookies Nov 13, 2009 05:44 AM

      Arturo's. Call ahead for a table for 7. Weeknights are less noisy than weekends and the pizza is very good thin crust with a bit of char.

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        rovingfoodie Nov 13, 2009 05:44 AM

        We've had good experiences at Piola Pizza near Union Square (12th and Broadway):


        Excellent pizza and salad, reasonable prices, cute decor, big enough for groups; not especially quiet, but we've generally been able to have conversations there with no problem.

        Otto (near Washington Square - 5th Ave and 8th St) might be very good for this as well; though a little more expensive in terms of size vs. price, it's also group-friendly and has terrific food.


        48 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          peaches206 Nov 13, 2009 06:50 AM

          I second Otto, was there this past weekend and thought it would be great for a group. It definitely does get pretty loud later on in the evening, but the pizza is soo worth it!

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          funniduck Nov 13, 2009 06:08 AM

          Gnocco in the east village. Great super thin pizza and great wine. Also get the Gnocco appetizer. www.gnocco.com

          337 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10009

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