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If you like Maialino, you'll love....???

A friend took me to dinner at Maialino (Danny Meyer Italian in Grammercy Hotel), and we had a great time. It's my turn to pick a restaurant -- great food, excellent service, fun atmosphere, etc. Where should we go???

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Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Locanda Verde fits all criteria and it's also Italian (Tribeca, Greenwich Hotel). If you're looking for a different type of food I recommend The Breslin (British "gastropub", 29th/Broadway in the Ace Hotel) or The John Dory Oyster Bar (Seafood, also Ace Hotel).

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    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    The John Dory Oyster Bar
    1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

    1. If you want another Italian restaurant, I'd second Locanda Verde and also suggest Osteria Morini.

      For something different, try Casa Mono, The Modern Bar Room, or Aldea.

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      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      Aldea
      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      Osteria Morini
      218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: fm1963

        hmm, this is good to hear - i loved morini (well, i liked it a lot, but marea and ai fiori are better in my opinion) and i have a res. for maialino coming up. any suggestions? i know i want that huge ravioli with the egg yolk!

        1. re: selenster

          Yes I agree that Marea and Ai Fiori are better than Morini, but they are also at a higher price point.

          The ravioli with egg yolk is great at Maialino, also the amatriciana and pretty much anything with pork. The tartufo is good but Lupa's version is better.

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          Marea
          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Ai Fiori
          400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

          1. re: fm1963

            ha i was thinking amatriciana and probably the maialino as i'm going with a friend who's just as much of a piglet as i am. maybe the tripe. i want to eat tripe in a non-pho setting!

            1. re: selenster

              I know it is different type of place......but I had a great time at DBGB yesterday. The sausages are great and the beer selection is awesome!

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              DBGB
              299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: tito

                oh i LOVE DBDB! that boudin basque is something i dream about on a regular basis. it's for anyone who loves meat, fat, marrow and gout.

              2. re: selenster

                I liked Maialino's tripe but I think Babbo's is better.

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                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                Maialino
                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            2. re: selenster

              If you like pork you must have the signature dish: maialino, which is roast pork. I'm salivating just thinking about it.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                It's hard to do if only one person wants it and the other doesn't though....

                1. re: kathryn

                  Take home the leftovers! :)
                  They give you a beautiful loaf of bread and roast pork panini the next day are delicious.

                  1. re: steakrules85

                    Amen, steakrules! It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year since you, Mr. R., and I shared that wondrous pig. We're planning to do it again in February with our daughter and son-in-law.

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

                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                    1. re: RGR

                      Yes it has been too long since we had dinner. That pig was one of the best meals I have ever had! I definitely have to get back to Maialino again. I envy you that you are going in February!

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                      Maialino
                      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            3. Asellina's menu might be of interest, and they're also in a hotel. I can't vouch for the place though.

              Locanda Verde was a perfect suggestion, as it is probably the most similar in concept, with Italian, and an extended baked good selection, all connected to a hotel, but still with it's own identity.

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              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              Asellina
              420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

              1. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. Will be reviewing menus tonight!

                1. PS: I had the maialino at maialino - it was fantastic. We took the leftovers home. Our waitress put two loaves of rustica bread in our to-go bag and suggested we use it for sandwiches the next day which we did. Delicious!

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                  1. re: stacyjg

                    whoa that's great service! OK, i am sold - getting maialino at...maialino!

                    1. re: selenster

                      Maialino's owner Danny Meyer calls that "hospitality." :)

                      Btw, the maialino is not listed on the menu though it is usually available. When you make your reservation, be sure to tell them that you want to have it so that they will reserve one for you.

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                    2. re: stacyjg

                      "We took the leftovers home. Our waitress put two loaves of rustica bread in our to-go bag and suggested we use it for sandwiches the next day which we did. Delicious!"

                      lol I just posted the same thing before I read this. :)

                    3. maialino babbo maialino babbo repeat

                      1. Manzo at Eataly.

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                        Eataly
                        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                        Manzo
                        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                        1. re: comiendosiempre

                          Based on our dinner at Manzo a few weeks ago, I agree that it's an excellent choice.

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

                          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                          1. re: RGR

                            The Polenta With Tomato and Robiola looks delicious. Was it as good as it looks? And the budino is something I definitely would order. Thanks for the pics.

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              Glad you liked the pics. Yes, the polenta was very tasty. I don't know if you noticed, but it was not creamy. Instead, it had been formed into rectangular blocks and lightly fried.

                              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                              1. re: RGR

                                Thanks RGR. I love polenta no matter what way it is served.

                        2. Lupa and Locanda Verde if you want something similar. Esca is my favorite place in the city. If you want to go East, try Sushi Yasuda or Aburiya Kinnosuke. I agree about DBGB, too.

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                          Lupa
                          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                          Sushi Yasuda
                          204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                          Aburiya Kinnosuke
                          213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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

                          Locanda Verde
                          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                          DBGB
                          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003