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Red Sauce Restaurant Howard Beach Area Rec Needed

Stuartmc910 Dec 11, 2009 09:07 AM

My wife and I have to take a young couple to dinner next week in the Howard Beach area, Cross Bay Blvd., or around and need a rec for a good red sauce restaurant. Cost no object.


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    queenseats RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 11, 2009 09:30 AM

    I've been very impressed by recent visits to Lenny's Clam Bar. The seafood marinara over linguine is great and the portion size is huge (enough for at least two meals). Nice raw bar selection as well.

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      Stuartmc910 RE: queenseats Dec 11, 2009 09:44 AM

      Thanks. I don't eat seafood (my wife does) do they have something for landlubbers?

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        queenseats RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 11, 2009 10:02 AM

        While I haven't sampled their non-seafood options, there are many. Can check out their menu here:

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          Stuartmc910 RE: queenseats Dec 11, 2009 11:18 AM

          Thanks, the menu looks very good!

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      shayne RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 11, 2009 12:06 PM

      LaVilla - on the other side of the belt parkway or La Nora on Crossbay.

      1. NYJewboy RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 11, 2009 04:44 PM

        Isnt Don Pepe over there somewhere?

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          Stuartmc910 RE: NYJewboy Dec 11, 2009 05:56 PM

          Thanks for the last two recs. After looking over the menu we settled on Lennys.

        2. Cheese Boy RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 11, 2009 10:51 PM

          The newbie on the block is Vetro ... menu and reviews look good.

          Vetro --> http://www.vetronyc.com/

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            johnnychowchow RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 12, 2009 07:04 AM

            Undoubtedly Vetro if you're looking for a real fine dining experience. It's new but off to a great start. Otherwise La Villa's a good restaurant if you want a more casual thing. You mentioned cost is no object which would give the impression you want something like Vetro but the funny thing is their prices are even more reasonable than some others mentioned here like LaNora and even some of the LaVilla entrees. It's definitely the best place around. Vetro's wine list gets a real good rating as well.

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              Stuartmc910 RE: johnnychowchow Dec 14, 2009 11:49 AM

              Thanks again to all who posted. We told the couple about Lenny's and they're OK with it. They've never eaten there and would like to, so I guess it's a done deal.

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                howster RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 15, 2009 11:00 AM

                across the street from Russo's on the bay is Carrosellos(probably spelled wrong) they have a nice menu of fish and land lovers and italian dishes they also have parking in the rear (valet)

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              Paulomet RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 15, 2009 08:51 PM

              I think Matteo's would have been a great choice. Next time, try Matteo's.

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                Stuartmc910 RE: Paulomet Dec 17, 2009 12:00 PM

                Thanks again for the other recs. Maybe next time. They are looking forward to Lenny's and they don't get out much so.......Lenny's it is. Will post review tomorrow.

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                bklynsausage RE: Stuartmc910 Feb 14, 2011 03:31 AM

                LaVilla, try the baked ziti. I really do not eat baked ziti but they do something different with it. I think it is the best italian in the area..


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