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I'll be coming to the city next month with a friend for a girl's weekend of shopping, walking, talking and eating. This will be my first time in NYC and the plethora of options is overwhelming!

We currently have reservations at Eleven Madison Park and Le Bernardin and now I'm trying to land on a place for dinner for the Friday night. Would love to find a place where we can talk, enjoy the food and some wine and not feel rushed to get through dinner (but is this asking too much for a Friday night?). Sticking to an Italian theme, I've narrowed it down to Scarpetta, Maialino and Osteria Morini as well as Locanda Verde although I would have to take an early reservation here. I've read the great things about the bread at Scarpetta, some dishes to try at Maialino as well as the noise level at LV, but still can't make up my mind.

Which place would you choose? And is there another Italian restaurant not on this list that might fit the bill? (have excluded Marea as it seems it is seafood centric and want to skip as already doing Le Bernardin)

Thanks very much in advance!

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

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. I really enjoyed my dinner at Ai Fiori (another Michael White restaurant that is not as heavily focused on seafood as Marea). I also want to try Scarpetta.

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

    1. I think for a girls night out I'd choose Locanda Verde or Scarpetta. Crowd there seems younger than Maialino. Osteria Morini felt louder and more rushed than the others (and a bit overpriced). Locanda's loud factor wasn't quite as bad. I really like the food at all four, just to note.

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

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      Osteria Morini
      218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: kathryn

        Another vote for Scarpetta.

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

        1. re: owlwoman

          I'd vote for Scarpetta too but the OP seems to post a lot on the Toronto/Onatrio boards, and Scarpetta now has a branch in Toronto.

          For an Italian menu that 's somewhat unique to NYC, I usually suggest Babbo, which would also be suitable I think for a girls night out, though Locanda Verde, Maialino, and Osteria Morini are also fine choices.

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          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

      2. Another for Scarpetta...it's a great atmosphere for a couple girls to gather and catch up. I've done it plenty of times.

        Osteria Morini is delicious but like everyone said, it's really really loud and honestly for the price, your portions are tiny and you end up ordering a lot more.

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        Osteria Morini
        218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        1. I'd also vote for Scarpetta so you can try out the different chefs. (Maialino is also Danny Meyers, like Eleven Madison Park). It's not too loud, all the pastas there are homemade on site - and the pink snapper is beautiful!

          Manhattan Fine Dining Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/fine-dining-i...

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          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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

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          1. re: ttournoux

            Danny Meyer isn't a chef - he's just the owner of both establishment.

            1. re: sgordon

              ahh - good point! I completely mis-spoke there didn't I? Still say Scarpetta to get a variety of "restauranteurs".

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

          2. If your group is not too big and you go early, you can sit outdoors at Scarpetta which is quite nice.

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