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Hey everyone,
I am looking for a great Italian restaurant for a special birthday. Around the price range of Babbo. Wanna do something different from Babbo though since I have been there several times. I am a big fan of Al Di La, so something like that would be great. I hear good things about Convivio and Esca. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Esca
402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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  1. i would go with Convivio or SD26. The 4-course prix-fixe at Convivio is a great deal and the pastas are wonderful, but I love SD26 when I don't want to stuff myself (almost every dish is offered as a small or large plate). You can taste a number of dishes without spending a fortune or overeating. Babbo is nice, but I like these better.

    1. Have you been to Scarpetta?

      I liked Esca a lot but thought Scarpetta was more "celebratory." Babbo is my favorite of Batali's restaurants having been to Lupa, Esca, Babbo, Otto (and Casa Mono and Spotted Pig and Pizzeria Mozza in LA) but not Del Posto.

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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

      1. My favorite Italian restaurants aside from Babbo in no particular order are Alto, Marea, Convivio, Il Mulino, Maialino, and Crispo.

        Alto does a 4 course for $84, Marea is $89, and Convivio is $62 (great value).

        Il Mulino is very expensive but worth it in my opinion.

        Maialino and Crispo are cheaper options but both are very good. If you go to Maialino you MUST order the Maialino for two. It can feed 3 easily. Crispo is a very good Italian which isn't as "haute" cuisine as the others but provides great food in a nice atmosphere at resonable prices.

        One thing I will tell you is avoid Del Posto. Rip off IMO.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Il Mulino
        86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

        Crispo
        240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

        Convivio
        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        1. In Brooklyn, we like Locanda Vini e Olii for occasions. http://www.locandavinieolii.com/

          We also just tried Olio, which was recently opened (in Manhattan on Greenwich Ave just off Sixth Ave) by pizzaiolo Guilio Adriani. http://www.adrianigiulio.com/

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          1. re: canoodlers

            What'd you think of Olio?? How does it compare to Keste'?

          2. i'd recommend Scarpetta...Locanda Verde is boistrous but fun, so could be an option too (i went there on my birthday last year)...

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            1. re: Simon

              Another vote for Scarpetta from me.

              1. re: uwsister

                Wow how could I forget Scarpetta. Definitely one of my favorites too. Polenta!

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