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Bar Pitti or Gene's in West Village??

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  • Kimlo Aug 29, 2011 06:29 AM
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I realize I am probably comparing apples and oranges with these 2 places but have narrowed it down to these 2....I think.

Looking for a nice lunch before an off broadway show in the West Village. Would like to keep it in the ballpark of $100 for 2. Hip scene is nice but good food is more important. Any thoughts??

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Bar Pitti
268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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  1. I haven't been in years, but I would describe Gene's as the antithesis of a hip scene. Good, reasonable, traditional Italian menu, frequented mostly by locals.

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    Gene's
    73 W 11th St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: City Kid

      Thanks, City Kid.

    2. GENE'S!!?? Are you kidding? Are you sure you're talking about this GENE's? How would you even select this place? Just curious....

      http://ny.eater.com/archives/2008/09/...

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      1. re: thegforceny

        Hahaha. Yes...that looks one in the same. Someone recommended it on Tripadvisor. I checked it out on menu pages and it got great reviews and I liked the look of the menu. No good???? Any other recommendations?? Just curious...what is wrong with Gene's???

        1. re: Kimlo

          Gene's is not awful, but it's average at best. There are so many better places to choose from that I have never felt the need to return after trying it once. What I found particularly disappointing is that the gnocchi, which I ordered specifically because the menu described it as "home made" , turned to be standard stuff you would by frozen from a supermarket, leaden and chewy, a total waste.

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          Gene's
          73 W 11th St, New York, NY 10011

      2. There is nothing wrong with Gene's. It's been around for 70? 80? years and hasn't changed much in the 20 years I've been going. Fairly traditional Italian menu (though I love the vichysoisse in summer) -- good veal, pasta, and the like. It is not at all a foodie place. It is not at all hip. It's for grown-ups who like to have a big cocktail, eat comfortably, be taken care of, and leave without a serious dent on their credit cards.

        That being said, Kimlo, I think you'll be happier at Pitti.

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        1. re: sea97horse

          <<<<grownups that like to have a big cocktail>>>
          That describes my 68 year old aunt (who will be with me) perfectly! LOL

          Maybe I should start a new topic, asking for other suggestions, altogether???

          1. re: sea97horse

            I totally agree, seahorse...I used to go there when I lived in the Village years ago and it was a warm and satisfying neighborhood place, Italian comfort food, apparently still is after 90 years...I'm not sure why the latest, the hippest, and hardest to get into is always considered the most desirable. But I do agree that Gene's is probably not what the OP is seeking.

          2. Ok...how about Malatesta??? Any thoughts?

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            Malatesta
            649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

            1. Bar Pitti is consistently good and dependable. I find it especially nice for lunch (less crowded). Cash only.

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              1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                Thanks, Chuck.

                I like the idea of Bar Pitti but it really takes a beating on menupages in the reviews (mostly regarding service.) It will be on a Saturday. Are they still less crowded for lunch??

                Thanks!

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                Bar Pitti
                268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                1. re: Kimlo

                  Less crowded than dinner but obviously Saturday is a busy lunch day. I suggest getting there early, around Noon. If you finish with lots of time before your curtain, cruise the area for dessert - gelato at Grom or L'Arte, hand filled cannolis at Rocco's on Bleecker, etc. While service at Bar Pitti can be short and perfunctory, I've never had a problem. They are usually friendly, will explain the specials, etc.

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                  Rocco's Pastry Shop
                  243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                  L'Arte del Gelato
                  75 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

                  Bar Pitti
                  268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                  Grom
                  233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                2. re: Chuck Lawrence

                  Second Bar Pitti. Love the eggplant parm and the giant meatball!!! So yummy!

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                  Bar Pitti
                  268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014