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Amis or Osteria?

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My parents are coming into town in July and want to take me out for a belated birthday dinner. We've long been discussing going to one of Marc Vetri's restaurants - Vetri being out of the picture due to price point. The question then arises - should we go to Osteria or Amis? Thanks for any insight.

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  1. Before you get your heart set on either, have you looked to see if there are open reservations at both or either on your desired date(s)?

    I think for the price, Amis gives you the ability to try a lot more dishes than Osteria (I think the wine selection is more affordable at Amis as well). Granted, that's really the difference in the restaurants, Amis being more "small plates" than Osteria, but we always end up sharing pizza and pastas at Osteria anyway.

    I don't think you can lose between the two.

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    1. re: urbanfabric

      Being closer in age to your parents, liking both Amis (less so) and Osteria, I'd suggest they might find the ambience and the food surprising easy to take at Le Virtu. From my perspective, the virtue of small plates at high prices is questionable. The portions were generous for the price at Le Virtue, and the quality echt Italian as far as I was concerned. Quieter also, although an early rez might prove helpful at any choice.

      1. re: urbanfabric

        The biggest difference between the two is the ambience Amis is MUCH louder. The food quality is equivalent. The home made salumi at Amis is wonderful, I prefer the pastas at Osteria. The atrium seating at Osteria is nice in the summer.

        1. re: cwdonald

          I guess it depends on what time you are at Amis. We were there early on a Saturday evening and it wasn't bad. As others have mentioned, Amis is much cheaper than Osteria

          1. re: JanR

            I wouldn't say Amis is much cheaper than Osteria, it can be cheaper depending on what you order but I've been to Osteria several times and Amis several times and the bill was more or less the same across all those visits. The difference is the entree pricing, at Osteria it's much higher but the entrees are also bigger. At Amis, the 'secondi' start at $16 but those dishes are what would qualify as antipasti at Osteria.

            1. re: Buckethead

              I say Osteria. The atmosphere and noise level are more comfy for parents.

      2. Osteria gets my vote too. Even if the two restaurants were matched for ambience (and they're not--Osteria is handsomer and quieter), I think the food at Osteria is more diverse and creative, and the portions more generous for the price. Amis' food is tasty and simple, its portions dainty, especially for the price. (To me, neither restaurant is a good value; I think Marc Vetri gets away with murder in this town.)

        1. I'm super late on this but we ended up going to Osteria and had an amazing time. The space was incredibly beautiful and comfortable, and we had a very memorable meal for a steep-but-not-frighteningly-so price. I actually went to Amis as well, with a girlfriend, and you were all right - the food is equally good, but the 2 places are definitely unique. I think I made the right choice on both accounts. :) Thanks for everyone's help!

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