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Dan Tana's Equivalent in NY

indofx Jul 13, 2010 11:42 AM

If you've been to Dan Tana's in LA, and like it, then you know what I'm talking about. Trying to find it's commensurate in NY (if it exists).


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    uwsister RE: indofx Jul 13, 2010 11:58 AM

    Could you be more specific? To me, Dan Tana's is an overpriced, mediocre Italian-American place. I have a feeling you feel differently about it - are you looking for food like Dan Tana's or scene like it?

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      indofx RE: uwsister Jul 13, 2010 12:30 PM

      which is why i gave the qualification of "if u like it" =) ..

      that said, here's what i like about it:
      - scene: it's lively and fun, as long as you are able to get a table reasonably close to your reservation (often difficult unless you know the maitre d'), it's always a good time ..
      - food: to me it's above average italian/american, with good sized portions .. a chopped salad, cheesy garlic bread and a big chicken parm/pasta hits the spot for me ..

      to answer your questions, i'm looking for both food and scene ..

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        gutsofsteel RE: indofx Jul 13, 2010 12:50 PM


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          indofx RE: gutsofsteel Jul 13, 2010 01:11 PM

          thanks for the suggestion, but i don't think carmine's is very similar at all .. carmine's is a family style italian restaurant with a much different scene than Dan Tana's ..

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            gutsofsteel RE: indofx Jul 13, 2010 01:38 PM

            It's as close as you're gonna get, I think. Lively place, big portion red sauce type food...

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              whiterabbit RE: gutsofsteel Jul 13, 2010 02:13 PM

              I have a friend who has worked there for years - indofx - "Crispy" has been the captain to talk to for a lot of that time. The scene he described is a real particular one - serious a list types and locals, but not paparazzi - actually it's probably closer to Locanda - tribeca locals (anywhere from corporate to arts and everything in between) although Dan Tana's has a part that's like Rao's here - there are people who have standing reservations at Dan Tana. I agree with indofx, Carmine's has nothing to do with it. Carmine's is more like olive garden than it is like Dan Tana's.

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                uwsister RE: whiterabbit Jul 13, 2010 02:32 PM

                I've never been to Rao's, but from what I know of it, that might be the closest thing to it in a sense that it has an old school scene and serves Italian-American food - though Rao's is FAR more exclusive, obviously. I don't doubt that there are A list folks and celebs who still dine at Dan Tana's (the only time I went, I went with a Hollywood old timer myself) but there are also tons of tourists. Tons. Not that celebs are exactly known for having good taste in food - otherwise they wouldn't be eating at places like Mr. Chow all the time.

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    2. ForkNewYork RE: indofx Jul 13, 2010 02:15 PM

      There is no Dan Tana's equivalent in NYC. It is an original... that's what makes it special, and an "LA" thing.

      If you want to taste a slice of old NYC and get the same feeling of all of that history, try KEEN'S or The STRIP House for steak.... (or Frankie and Johnnies ) or Campagnola for classic old school italian with NY flair.

      1382 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

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        Simon RE: indofx Jul 13, 2010 05:26 PM

        Hi...Dan Tana's is my favorite restaurant in LA...during my last fulltime year in LA, i went there about about twice a week, sometimes more...at all hours: during prime dinner hour for a business dinner...a little later for a date...late night after a movie or concert...or (the best time) right when they open, when you can just sit at the bar w/ Michael and the regulars and drink martinis til the place fills up or the Laker game starts...

        Sadly, NYC has nothing that quite fits the bill...as ForkNewYork suggested, Keens has a nice sense of history and might be enjoyed by Dan Tana's fans (but it's a very different thing)...

        Foodwise, the Caesar at Dan Tana's is the highlight for me...while i've heard good things about the Caesar at Pietro's in Midtown, i haven't tried it yet...but *all* other Caesar salads i've had in NYC have been disgusting faux-Caesars...(and it's all the more annoying when chefs/servers/etc try to claim "Oh it's a real Caesar!" and then you get mayonaissey junk)...

        Dan Tana's is a one of a kind place...there is no restaurant in all of NYC that gives me anything close to the same comfy pleasure...

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          Chuck Lawrence RE: indofx Jul 14, 2010 05:47 AM

          the Palm (the original on 2nd Ave)

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