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Best Pasta in NYC?

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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    SD26

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    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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

    1. 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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      1. re: hcbk0702

        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

        1. re: hcbk0702

          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.

          1. re: hcbk0702

            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.

            1. re: mamron

              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

              1. re: Desidero

                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.

          2. 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. 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

              1. 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

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