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rapsrealm Mar 19, 2010 03:36 PM

I'm planning a visit to NYC and wanted to know where I could get the best pasta dish in NYC. I've searched the board and found some interesting suggestions, but the one caveat is I want a restaurant that has a decent choice for someone that doesn't eat seafood. Right now I'm thinking of going to Scarpetta.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for non-seafood based pastas?

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

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    steakrules85 Apr 1, 2010 10:18 AM

    Babbo- Had the pumpkin agnolotti and chianti stained pappardelle with boar ragu. Simply amazing. Have to go back to try the beef cheek ravioli and all of their other amazing dishes

    Convivio- Had the malloreddus (seafood in it with the crab) which was very good, but I have heard all of their pastas are great.

    Maialino- Lasagna bolognese and ravioli and uovo are both stellar. Looking forward to trying the cacio pepe and bavette in guazzetto.

    Scarpetta - although the spaghetti with tomato and basil is a bit overhyped in my opinion. Still and incredible restaurant and I want to sample for pastas.

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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      stefathena Apr 1, 2010 09:12 AM

      tried Il Posto Acanto (190 E. 2nd Street (between Ave A & B)
      http://www.ilbagattonyc.com/index_ilp...
      very reasonaly priced and i really enjoyed it.

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        liz8000 Mar 31, 2010 01:39 PM

        Places like Babbo and Scarpetta are a bit overrated in my opinion. Check out some places like Corsino (their Tagliatelle with Lamb Ragu is to die for), Perbacco, Paprika and Tre. All are not as high profile but have good quality food and fun atmospheres.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Perbacco
        234 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

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

        Corsino
        637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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          busco Mar 30, 2010 04:12 PM

          you should think about this little gem of a restaurant called Bocca located at 39 east 19 st.
          so great pasta dishes and cute place. l

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          1. re: busco
            ttoommyy Mar 31, 2010 01:57 PM

            We were at Bocca a few weeks ago after a long absence and were very pleased. The pastas were excellent. Great recommendation.

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            edwardspk Mar 20, 2010 08:51 AM

            You've gotten a lot of great reco's here, and I concur with them all. If your focus is totally pasta, I don't see how you can beat the pasta tasting menu at Babbo. Every course is pasta, and they're all wonderful. Enjoy your visit.

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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              Dan Boston Mar 19, 2010 05:15 PM

              I just tried Scalini Fedeli last week and I was very impressed with the Gnocchi. It was possibly the best Gnocchi dish I’ve ever had. There were also plenty of non-fish choices, although the red snapper was amazing. I wrote more extensively about this restaurant on this site (see the link below).

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695272

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              Scalini Fedeli
              165 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

              1. hcbk0702 Mar 19, 2010 04:04 PM

                If seafood is out, Babbo is probably your best overall bet. Unfortunately, it's the most difficult Italian restaurant to reserve by far. Alto is the better restaurant IMO, but it's much pricier and more formal. The no seafood restriction is too bad, because I think the single best Italian pasta dish in NYC is Marea's fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow. Some people felt that the dish didn't meet their sky-high expectations after multiple food critics (and even Thomas Keller) praised it to high heaven. I still loved it; it felt like the surf and turf concept adapted perfectly into pasta form. Those rich little chunks of soft bone marrow really luxuriate over the palate. Some non-seafood highlights:

                ALTO
                Tagliatelle con Ragu di Vitello e Fonduta
                - Thin egg pasta ribbons, braised veal ragu, parmigiano cheese
                Uovo in Raviolo alla Bergese con Animelle
                - Egg and spinach filled raviolo, crisp sweetbreads, black trumpet mushrooms

                BABBO
                Beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver and black truffles
                Goose liver ravioli with balsamic vinegar and brown butter
                Mint Love Letters with spicy lamb sausage

                SCARPETTA
                Spaghetti, tomato & basil

                LUPA
                Bavette, cacio & pepe
                Spaghetti alla carbonara
                *Maialino's versions are competitive

                MAIALINO
                Malfatti al maialino
                - Suckling pig ragu & arugula

                I didn't mention Convivio, as I felt that their seafood pastas were considerably stronger than their meat-based ones. The meat-based ones were still quite good though.

                I'm assuming over-the-top luxurious pasta dishes like Le Bernardin's linguine with Osetra caviar and sea urchin sauce and Per Se's hand cut tagliatelle with [an avalanche of] shaved black truffles won't be considered because of cost.

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                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                Marea
                240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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                  fm1963 Mar 20, 2010 05:52 AM

                  Great list. The veal tagliatelle at Alto and cacio & pepe at Lupa are two of my favorites. I had dinner at Scarpetta recently and in addition to the spaghetti with tomato and basil, I would suggest the duck and foie ravioli. The agnolotti dal plin also gets a lot of praise though I didn't get to try it.

                  At Convivio, the tortelli di amatrice is quite mind boggling. They also do a great version of carbonara - flavorful but not too heavy. Uovo in raviolo at SD26 is also very good.

                  I haven't been to Babbo in a couple of years but do remember enjoying the pastas, particularly the beef cheek ravioli. As mentioned above, Marea's fusilli is amazing.

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                  Lupa
                  170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                  Babbo
                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

                  Convivio
                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                  Marea
                  240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                  SD26
                  19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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                    uwsister Mar 21, 2010 12:00 AM

                    Thanks for the list. I second Alto and Scarpetta. Still need to get myself to Lupa and Babbo, one day I'll brave the crowds and the reservation song-and-dance.

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                      mamron Mar 22, 2010 08:01 AM

                      I agree with LUPA, but must add their Bucatini Alla' Amatriciana. It is the best in the city. Also, the Papardelle Al A'natra (Duck Ragu') at Mediteraneo (Second Ave. 66th Street) is a must.

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                        Desidero Mar 22, 2010 10:00 AM

                        Have you tried the bucatini alla'amatriciana at Maialino? I prefer their rendition to Lupa's.

                        Other great pasta dishes include the pappardelle alla Fiesolana and penne arrabbiata at Bar Pitti, the wedding pillow pasta at Felidia, the tagliatelle ai noci at Capri Caffe and the garganelli con fungi at dell'Anima.

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                        Lupa
                        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                        Felidia
                        243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

                        Bar Pitti
                        268 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014

                        Maialino
                        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                          Desidero Mar 31, 2010 10:32 AM

                          I recently tried i Sodi and would add this to my list. Superb pastas, cooked al dente with generous portion sizes. This is an overlooked gem.

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                      rrems Mar 19, 2010 03:49 PM

                      Convivio
                      SD26

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                      Convivio
                      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                      SD26
                      19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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