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Looking for "neighborhoody" old-fashioned Italian restaurant

We will be in Manhattan on Sunday, February 14. Would love to eat at a great old-fashioned inexpensive Italian Restaurant. We are staying at 6 Columbus Circle Hotel. BYOB would also be okay. Any recommendations?

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  1. While I'm not quite sure what you mean by "old fashioned" (in what terms?), I will throw out Tanti Baci Cafe in the West Village. Homemade pastas, out-of-this-world meatballs, small/intimate space that feels hidden from the bustling street above. Check it out: http://www.tantibacicaffe.com/tbcnyc....

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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    Tanti Baci Cafe
    163 W 10th St Bsmt A, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      When I say "old fashioned" I mean that I wanted to find a little quaint neighborhoody place, with great inexpensive traditional Italian food like your grandmother used to make. Thanks for the recco. Any other suggestions?

    2. If you're willing to go to First Ave. & East 22nd Street, there's a great old fashioned inexpensive Italian restaurant named Frank's Trattoria. The front is a pizza place, but behind the pizza is a traditional Italian restaurant. Food is delicious. Loved the baked clams and fried calamari. Chicken parm is excellent too. Wonderful tiramisu. This is definitely not a "hip" or "happening" place.

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      1. re: ellenost

        I would say il vagabondo, of course..simple fare..just what grandma used to cook. bocce ball court...the nicest and most accomodating waiters EVER......oh and i agree with franks...i also love their meatball pizza

        1. re: smokeandapancake

          We are going to try Il Vagabondo. Thanks so much for the recco!!!

      2. Sam's on 39th just East of Lexington sounds like what you are looking for.

        1. Malatesta Trattoria on Washington Street

          1. Rocco's on Thompson St just above Houston. been going there for over 30 years.

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            1. re: prunefeet

              Haven't been there so don't know if it's good, but Villa Mosconi has been around forever.

            2. Wherever you go, just make sure they're not doing some special Valentine's Day thing. That usually means an overpriced lesser quality version of the restaurant.

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              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I strongly second that. When a restaurant says "we have a special menu tonight" they mean "we're going to limit your choices and make you pay through the nose."

              2. Go south on Ninth Avenue to the southeast corner of 9th and 56th Street, to Ralph's.

                While it's certainly not Italian haute cuisine, the food is not bad at all and comes in generous portions for very, very little $$.

                The atmosphere reeks of "neighborhood New York" if that's what you're into. The restaurant's been there as long as I can remember.

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                Ralph's
                862 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                1. re: shaogo

                  Really? i never gave this place a second look despite passing it twice a day for three years.