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may 28th trip apizz vs. crispo vs. maialino? keens vs. BLT steak and motorino vs keste

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trying to narrow down friday/sat/sunday dinners/lunches

thoughts on above compairsons would be appreciated.

we have been to babbo, becco, lupa and enjoyed....

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  1. Other CH'ers led me to Keste over Motorino. And we couldn't have been more pleased!! Service was quick and friendly and the pies were the best we've ever had.

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    Motorino
    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. Keste has a softer, wetter dough which I found to be a bit heavy. Motorino's dough tastes more of fire/smoke with more char bubbles, I find it much lighter.

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      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. Apizz definitely over Crispo (haven't been to Maialino) but Apizz is much better than Crispo and the atmosphere is nicer. Crispo is fine if you are in the area and want to share a lot of appetizers for a group.

        Keens is my favorite steakhouse in the city and should be chosen over BLT steak and any other!

        1. 2nd for Apizz, especially if you are eating with someone you want to be cozy with.

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          Apizz
          217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

          1. I've eaten at all of the above, so I'll make my suggestions (only sticking to those you listed):

            Apizz/Crispo/Maialino: Definitely not Crispo. The other two, it depends on what you're looking for. Apizz is really cute, cozy, and a great date location. Maialino is more "typical NYC" restaurant, though certainly nice. The food at both is really good, though there are several other Italian places I would recommend above them.

            Keens vs. BLT: Keens, hands down. My favorite steak in the city.

            Motorino vs. Keste: I've eaten at each multiple times, and for me Keste is the winner. I just prefer it (much) to Motorino, though you won't go wrong with either.

            Have fun!

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            1. re: a213b

              What are the other Italian places you would recommend above them? we are open..thanks

              1. re: anniversary

                In alphabetical order ...

                Alto
                Babbo
                Convivio
                Dell'Anima
                L'Artusi
                Lupa
                Scarpetta

                I might've forgotten one or two, but that's off the top of my head.

                1. re: a213b

                  i have tried lupa, babbo, which of the list would you rank after them?

                  1. re: anniversary

                    Not sure what you mean by "after them", as there are several on the list I might rank ahead of Babbo and Lupa.

                    The rest of the list, as I said, I would put above Apizz & Maialino for sure, much less Crispo (which I felt was a decent neighborhood spot, at best ... though in the area, I would just go to Scarpetta, even sans res).

                    1. re: a213b

                      Hi there, sorry to interrupt but this is a timely thread as I'm just starting to research for upcoming July trip with family. DH is currently there on business & dined at Alto two nights ago but that's out of our price range for the vacation. Which of the rest* would you recommend taking into account our 11 & 14 yr old girls will be with us. Prefer lively atmosphere & great cocktails always a plus. *Except Babbo as I don't want to battle reservations.

                      Thanks to the OP, I've noted Keste.

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                      Babbo
                      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                      1. re: ceekskat

                        Lupa is pretty casual, lively, has good drinks, and fantastic pasta.

                        1. re: a213b

                          Thank you!

                      2. re: a213b

                        Of your recocomendations any that you would rate best on the appitzers side of the house. We enjoy trying lots of apps.

                        thanks

                        1. re: anniversary

                          Scarpetta has several outstanding apps, and we've greatly enjoyed the ones we've had at both L'Artusi and Dell'Anima too.

                    2. re: a213b

                      Second Scarpetta and Alto.

                      1. re: uwsister

                        Scarpetta and Convivio are both a price level above Apizz. Not sure if that matters. Apizz has the best hood to go out in before or after.

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                        Apizz
                        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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

                        Convivio
                        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                        1. re: princeofpork

                          Well, Scarpetta is right by Meatpacking District. Plenty of places to go out around there, if one's taste runs that way (decidedly not mine.)