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I just found out that I will be staying in Midtown on Monday July 5th. Im looking for suggestions for a great Italian meal thats: 1) open on Mondays 2) would still have reservation openings for that night 3) is somewhat close to our midtown location (a cab ride is fine but I dont want to head to Brooklyn!)

A great tappas place nearby would also be a good alternative.

I have read a number of the reviews about the various restaurants but Im not sure which places meet our location requirements and planning (i.e reservation) constraints.

Thanks!

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  1. Maria Pia should work nicely. It's on 319 W. 51st St. right in Mid Town and it's Italian. It's open on Monday til 11PM. Good luck.

    http://www.mariapianyc.com/media/webs...

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    Maria Pia
    319 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: Littleman

      Littleman, I've never been to Maria Pia. What have you eaten there that you've liked?

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      Maria Pia
      319 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: RGR

        I always order some Veal dish when I'm in an Italian restaurant. Never fails. It's always good. I don't take pictures of the restaurants we go to though and I would never remember what I had unless it was the night before. Good luck.

        1. re: Littleman

          When we go to this type of traditional Italian-American restaurant for the first time, my test dish is veal piccata. It's on Maria Pia's menu. There's only one other veal dish on the menu, the saltimbocca. Which of them did you have? And how was it?

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          Maria Pia
          319 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

    2. It would be helpful to know if you have any budgetary constraints. But that said...

      Alto, on E. 53rd, b/t Madison & 5th Avs., serves superb Italian cuisine. Expensive. A quick check of OpenTable shows prime time reservations available for July 5th.

      Alto photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Maialino, located in the Gramercy Park Hotel, on Lex & 22nd, is a short cab ride away. Terrific rustic Italian food! More moderately-priced than Alto. O.T. is showing lots of prime time availability right now for July 5. But it's extremely popular, so their reservation book will no doubt fill up.

      Maialino photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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      1. re: RGR

        Thanks for the quick response. We are looking for a very good meal since we are only in town for one night. Due to that there really arent any budgetary constraints.

        1. re: bnbbiz

          I'm going to Second Alto. RGR is usually right. You won't go wrong I assure you.

          1. re: bnbbiz

            Alto would be great, but you may also want to check out their related restaurants, Marea and Convivio. All show availability on Opentable for that night. The menus are all posted on the websites.

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            Convivio
            45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

            Marea
            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        2. A Voce in the Time Warner Center can satisfy your Italian and tapas cravings at once. They have an excellent small plates menu and great pasta.

          That being said, I would recommend trying to get a reservation at Scarpetta in the Meatpacking District for an excellent Italian dinner.

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          A Voce
          41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

          1. With just one night in NYC? Then I suggest you try Scarpetta or Babbo.

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

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            1. re: RCC

              So Alto or Babbo? (assuming availability)

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              1. re: bnbbiz

                You can't go wrong with either one (but you might already be too late for Babbo). But if both are available, I'd probably go to Babbo and do their Pasta Tasting menu.

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                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                1. re: bnbbiz

                  Babbo is probably fully booked anyway, but even if it were available, I think you are better off with Alto. The food is on a slightly higher level IMO. Scarpetta is nice too, but again if budget is not an issue, go with Alto.

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                  Babbo
                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

                  1. re: rrems

                    I will tell you that one night, I believe it was a Wednesday, we were at Babbo for a late dinner. The restaurant was only at half capacity at about 9:30pm. At 10:00pm, several small groups arrived and were seated without reservations.

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                    Babbo
                    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                2. re: RCC

                  Ditto on Scarpetta. Ditto on Alto. Both are terrific.

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

                  1. re: wristband

                    I was going to suggest Alto before I saw it mentioned.

                    1. re: wristband

                      I also like Scarpetta. Consistently delicious food at a reasonable price and good service. I used to like Alto, but had a less-than-pleasant meal there recently and won't go back.

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