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1st trip in 15 years - 4 nights....do me up.

Gonna be out to the city end of Feb looking at schools with my son.
Eat everything and so does he. Looking for both some truly NY spaces (small italian, etc), and some truly outstanding but not fussy newer spots.
As a reference, we live in SoCal, and our favorite LA spots are Lucques, Providence, Mozza pizzeria, Hatfields, Church and State, etc.
Hope that gives the right picture. Help us out.
Have a reservation at Prune one night already, will probably try to wait at Spotted Pig.
How about SD26?
What else?
By the way, staying near Union Square if that matters.
Thx

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  1. A target-rich environment.
    Lupa, for dinner, should work. Prune is a good call. A pizza at Motorino (12th St.) is an easy walk. Maybe grab a reservation at Casa Mono for some excellent riffs on tapas. I sit at the bar there but the cramped tables are ok, too. Molly's Pub (Molly's Shebeen) has sawdust on the floor and a fire. Burgers are very good, so too the onion soup, onion rings and so on. Not fancy but quite warm and welcoming. Scarpetta is a little fancier. I like it.
    So much more.

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

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

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    1. re: steve h.

      For Lupa, Prune, Scarpetta, and Casa Mono, try to make a reservation as soon as possible (if here at the end of February do it about a month ahead of time). If you can't get a good time at Lupa or Casa Mono note that both serve lunch and serve continuously throughout the day -- you can swing by for a late lunch or early dinner and get seated much more easily than at 8pm.

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

    2. SD26 does not get much mention here, but I have always enjoyed it. Great variety, choice of small or large plates, wonderful cured meats and cheeses. Other places to check out are Nuela, Aldea, Ciano, and for something more unique, Degustation. Lupa, as mentioned above, is also a great choice for Italian, but reservations are difficult and walk-in waits can be very long.

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      1. re: rrems

        Agree with you on the SD26 comment. I've tried to include it in recommendations in the past because we have always had a good time and good food there. The small plates/salumi options make for great sharing/tasting options.

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        SD26
        19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

      2. Alright, since you like Providence I feel you need to try it's east coast rival (IMO) for best Seafood-focused restaurant in the US - Le Bernardin. :-) It is a little fussy, but it is also superb.

        If you like Mozza you probably need to check out one of the New York Neopolitain spots - Motorino or Keste are probably the most talked about.

        One of the Momofuku spots should probably be on any New York visitor's list - take your pick, I liked Ssam and Noodle a lot.

        http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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

        1. I keep telling everyone about this place , Torrisi Italian Specialities in Little Italy. Dinner is 4 courses for $50. You get 4 small appetizers, a pasta course, choice of an entree and italian pastries for dessert. You have to get in line at 5pm and wait until the hostess takes your name at 5:45pm. Seatings are 6pm, 7:45pm amd 9:30pm (Fri/Sat). I went last weekend and it was cold so she took out names early so we could get out of the cold. I have been 4 times and I loved it every single time. It feels like a hidden secret.

          1. If you like Mozza pizzeria, then you should try Otto, another Batalli/Bastianich endeavor. Different type of pizza, but very good nonetheless. Also try the antipasti and the pasta. And of course a copetta or two for dessert.

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              I love Mozza's atmosphere and pizza. Otto's pizza doesn't hold a candle to Mozza, and I wouldn't recommend the pizza there. The atmosphere is also a bit more "train station." But I do love the antipasti, pasta, and gelato at Otto. It's inexpensive and convenient if you're near NYU.

              1. re: kathryn

                Well, I definitely recommend the pizza at Otto. Like I said, it is different than that of Mozza but is very good. You can't compare the two; one is not a lesser or greater version of the other. They are two completely different animals.

            2. Keste for pizza. If you go early enough in the evening you can stop by the revamped Murray's Cheese, Faicco Pork Store, and an Amy's bread outpost, all on the same block, amongst other fun stops.

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              Murray's Cheese
              254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

              Faicco's
              260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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              1. re: sugartoof

                Amy's on Bleecker actually stays open fairly late.

                1. re: kathryn

                  If you are going to look at schools, let the Board know which ones so you can get neighborhood specific feedback. Perhaps some suggestions for food on a student budget would help too? We don't have Kogi, but have a couple trucks that could give them a run for their money. BTW, I ate at Lucques, Mozza, and Church & State last time I was in LA and enjoyed them all.

              2. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Will let you know what we end up trying. Keep the suggestions coming if something comes to mind.
                Cheers