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Few Dinner choices, Peasant - Recette - Maiaino

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Not sure where to go in a few weeks, any ideas?
We were looking at the following (we aren't married to the Italian idea, it just seems to be in our price range);
Peasant
Recette
Maiaino
Crispo
Scarpetta (if we can get a resv)

We really wanted to do UD - 50...but it's just not in the cards right now...any other suggestions would be great.

Thanks!!!

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

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

Recette
328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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  1. I haven't been to Scarpetta. I love Peasant most of the others--I've gone many times and have never been disappointed.

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

    1. i don't care for peasant - the food was poorly executed and i was just left wondering, "this is it? this is what people adore?"

      i was supposed to go to maialino tonight but i had to change my reso due to illness. i would vote for that.

      1. With the exception of Racette, i've been to all those you listed, multiple times each. in order of my preference:

        Peasant
        Scarpetta
        Maialino
        Crispo

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

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

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        1. Recette can be noisy and expensive. The last time I ate there I left hungry.

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          Recette
          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: ChefPeter

            That was my experience too.

            1. re: ChefPeter

              I agree about the noise, and it is rather cramped (though we lucked out with a more comfortable corner table), but we left very satisfied in all respects with the food.

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

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

            2. If you can get into Scarpetta or Maialino, go there.

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

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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              1. re: kathryn

                Thanks everyone...I know there are mixed reviews (esp lately) on Peasant..but I think we are going to try it out...looks like based on our date they are one of the few that have a reservation for us (not a great sign)...I'll let everyone know what we think!

                Next one on our to do list is Scarpetta (Unfortunately, they didn't have any room for us that night)

                Thanks again!!

                ps, any other recommendations are always welcome

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

                1. re: adamelgert

                  For something not Italian, i.e., Pan-Latin cuisine, you might want to consider Nuela. The arroz con pato is fantastic!

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

                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                  1. re: RGR

                    Strongly second RGR's recommendation.

                  2. re: adamelgert

                    If you're willing to wing it, there are tables at Scarpetta in the front of the restaurant that are reserved for walk-ins.

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

                    1. re: adamelgert

                      Excellent choice with Peasant. if you are into rustic Northern Italian dishes, try to go for the crispy porlk dish. Maialino has their pork dish, but the one at Peasant is so much better and is truer to being authentic, imho.

                      Pasta dishes at Peasant are a must, especially if fresh mushrooms are involved. Their orochiette (sp?), when available, is also highly recommended.

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                      Maialino
                      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                      1. re: RCC

                        I haven't had the pork dish at Peasant but the signature maialiano al forno at Maialino is spectacular! I would have a hard time thinking Peasant could be better but that piques my interest.

                        To the original poster Scarpetta and Crispo are also fine options.

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

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

                        Maialino
                        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                        1. re: steakrules85

                          All the times that we've dined at Maialino were always with different folks. At least one in our party would order the dish and contrary to your views, they/me were left underwhlmed with this dish. At best it was just above average, but never "spectacular', which I think is a vast exaggeration and an over-statement.

                          Peasant's version, while very differenct from Maialino, is a nice reminder of the ones that I had gorged on during travels in northern Umbria, Marche and in rural Tuscany. It's not at the same, level, but a good reminder. Roasted in one of their open brick-oven that's visible from the dining room, the nicely-seasoned dish with potatoes and some vegetables is much more rustic and truer to northern Italian style porchetta with the crackling skin and some well-done bits amidst the tender white meats. Yep, Maialino's roast pork is not in the same higher league as Peasant's roast suckling porchetta dish.

                          Do you know how/where Maialino roast their pork?

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                          Maialino
                          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                          1. re: RCC

                            I can only speak based uponm y personal experience and I thought the Maialino al forno was spectacular. The skin was incredibly crispy with the meat being tender, fall apart melt in your mouth goodness. with the right amount of fat and juiciness throughout. There wasn't a dry piece to be found and I loved the potatoes which sopped up the juices. They also get points for serving the rib bones that I sucked on with great pleasure.

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                            Maialino
                            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                  3. My reaction to comments about Recette that complain of leaving hungry is that the complainers simply did not order enough dishes. Recette is not a cheap restaurant. You are paying for the quality, and they do not claim to serve full-size entrees, so trying to do it on the cheap will result in not getting enough food. I have never left hungry nor felt that the dishes were overpriced. The food is great and I highly recommend it.

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                    1. re: rrems

                      In our case we each had the five course tasting menu at Recette and left hungry. Should we have supplemented with even more dishes? That shouldn't be necessary, but at any rate we were not inclined to do so since the food wasn't that thrilling. To each his own I suppose...

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                      Recette
                      328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

                      1. re: peter j

                        Sorry, I have not had the tasting menu. You are right for $75 you should not have had to leave hungry. I often find that tasting menus are not a good deal, better to order a la carte and share dishes.

                      2. re: rrems

                        How many dishes do you recommend for, say, a party of 2?

                        1. re: kathryn

                          We usually have 5 or 6 plates, and maybe a shared dessert.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            I suppose it might depend on which dishes you choose, but the two of us each ordered three courses -- appetizer, main, dessert -- and in each case, portions were quite adequate. (The link to my photos is above in my reply to the two Peters.)

                            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com