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cindy jewell Jun 2, 2011 12:08 PM

going to New York city next month and need best recommendations on delish, authentic italian restaurants

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    peter j Jun 2, 2011 12:23 PM

    Are you looking for Italian-American or regional Italian cuisine?

    In my opinion, the best upscale Italian restaurants are%3

    Babbo

    Scarpetta

    Marea

    Lincoln

    el Posto

    i Fiori

    Maialino

    Perhaps Esca, but I've only been there once and wasn't particularly blown away. The restaurant seems to have many fans though. I haven't tried A Voce or Ciano.

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

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

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Lincoln
    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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

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      kathryn Jun 2, 2011 03:40 PM

      Looks like CH might have cut some letters off of Ai Fiori and Del Posto!

      I like A Voce and Esca, but if you're talking Babbo and Scarpetta league, they just don't compare.

      I would also throw Locanda Verde into the mix if you are talking more upscale rustic Italian.

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

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

      A Voce
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

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      kathryn Jun 2, 2011 03:28 PM

      So much depends upon your budget and when you are visiting as the hottest restaurants book 1 month in advance.

      Have you done a search of these boards? This topic was discussed fairly recently.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763855

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        MRS Jun 2, 2011 03:45 PM

        for "lower-key" , I would certainly suggest Scarpetta where I had an innovative, up-scale but low-key dinner last weekend. When I say that I mean, top quality food and service, very relaxed comfortable atmosphere, but definitely not red-sauce Italian-American food. ( there is nothing at all wrong w/ that type of food, I just don't think that's what the OP is asking about!)

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

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        Simon Jun 2, 2011 06:59 PM

        Cindy...it's prob best to to specify, in addition to the style of Italian, your budget and the kind of vibe you'd like...NYC is lucky to have a wide variety of Italian places...some of my favs are rustic neighborhood places (e.g Malatesta) that wouldn't make anyone's top chef list, but are authentic, very reasonably priced, and charming local classics...some of my other favs more upscale places that serve specific styles like Scarpetta (contemporary Italian) and Maialino (Roman)...depending on the occassion and dining companions' preferences, i might chose any of those three, or some others...tell the board more what you want, and i'm sure many more will chime in :)

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        Malatesta
        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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