Italian NYC with teens
My sister and family will be staying upper 70's near Riverside Drive in March. My niece turns 18 and wants a "classic Italian" dinner for her fete. Lupa seems too "out there" according to my sister for them and I have recommended Frank Spuntino on Clinton Street. (They are subway savvy). Any other ideas?? I looked at Appizz which might also be a possibility.
Thanks in advance from a SF Bay Area NYC fan!
Frank (on Second Avenue -- not to be confused with Frankie's Spuntino) has very classic Italian-American food, and is a kind of divey but hip/young atmosphere. Same with Malatesta in the West Village. Both are cash-only.
Other places I'd recommend:
Piccolo Angolo. Different atmosphere than Frank or Malatesta, but really basic but yummy. And the family that runs it is just lovely -- we always get great service there. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance though -- they get booked up!
I think Apizz is a great idea. It's not the typical red sauce Italian spot, but it's familiar food. Although, I think the pasta meals at Lupa are very familiar as well, so I could be off base.
I also agree with Piccolo Angolo, above though I haven't been there in a while.
How about Crispo? I've always had great meals there and some of the dishes are a bit creative while others are classics. Should be something for everyone.
If the 18-year-old niece in question has requested "classic Italian," I suspect she is talking about Italian-American. That said, I see why someone might classify Lupa as "out there." Don't get me wrong, I love Lupa (gee, that could be a TV show lol), but if someone is expecting veal parm, spaghetti and meatballs, fired calamari, and the like, then Lupa may not fit the bill.