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Moderately priced rustic Italian with seating at bar for 1

Will be in NYC on business in the middle of the week and I'm trying to find a rustic Italian restaurant where I can sit at the bar by myself. Looking for sosme place with good wines by the glass as well.

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  1. What does "moderately priced" mean for you? Including tax, tip, and wine.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Somewhere in the Babbo or less category.

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: Jake Barnes

        What's your budget, ideally?

        I'd recommend sitting at the pass at Hearth. Take a look at their menu on their website and see if the menu is what you're looking for.

        You could also go to Il Posto Accanto.

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        Hearth
        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          I suppose since I'll be flying solo and ordering 2 glasses of wine and I don't do dessert, probably no more thn $65 including tax and tip.

          1. re: Jake Barnes

            Did I mention Otto? And think twice before nixing the idea of gelato (esp. olive oil gelato).

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            Otto
            1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: Jake Barnes

              Then nevermind Hearth.

              Otto would work. Maialino will be over your budget, and Lupa would be too if you don't order carefully. Il Posto Accanto would work.

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              Lupa
              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              Il Posto Accanto
              190 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        2. re: gutsofsteel

          I think it would be more helpful to have a per person budget for food only. The OP can then figure on adding the cost of wine (which can vary widely depending on which wines he drinks and the their price by the glass), nearly 9% tax and 20% tip.

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        3. Not sure about "rustic" but for wines by the glass/quartino, good food and a comfortable bar seat for 1 or 2, I'd primarily recommend Otto. Lupa & Maiolino as well.

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          1. For 2 courses and 2 glasses of moderately priced wine, Lupa should fit your budget. Crispo is another good possibility.

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

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            1. re: rrems

              Will I have trouble walking into Lupa on a Tuesday or Wednesday night without a reservation if I only want to eat at the bar?

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              Lupa
              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: Jake Barnes

                For Lupa, you'll probably get a bar seat in less than 15 minutes.

            2. Peasant in the LES is definitely rustic and good rustic. I've never eaten at the bar, but have seen others do so. Good wine list by the glass.

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              Peasant
              194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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              1. re: RCC

                Peasant was my first thought as well -- i haven't been there in a long time, but when i did i ate at the bar and it was good...

              2. In Vino has a small but nice bar. It's a wine bar and restaurant so it's a good place to chat with bartenders about wine and get some good Italian food. Not too expensive either.

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                In Vino
                215 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

                1. il Buco is amazing - great food, and has the rustic thing in a big way. It has a good bar for dining and a friendly bar crowd.

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                  Il Buco
                  47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

                  1. bacaro hands down

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                    Bacaro
                    136 Division St, New York, NY 10002