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Becco, Tratorria Trecolori, or Carmine's for pre-theatre dinner for 12?

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We love Italian and want a moderate place for 12 of us for dinner. Carmine's seems impossible to get reservations even for December (which is when we are coming) and I was going to keep trying but wanted some advice from the people who know which restaurant is best! Thanks and have a great evening!

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  1. I'm not a fan of Becco. In its early days, we had a couple of very good meals there, and the atmospherics were pleasant. Now, the pastas are mediocre; they've jammed so many tables into every room, seating has become uncomfortably close; and the noise level is so insanely high that holding a conversation requires shouting.

    Never been to Carmine's and have no interest in going there.

    Though it's been a long time since we last ate at Trecolori, we have always enjoyed the food there. Not spectacular but very solid.

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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    Becco
    355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

    Trattoria Trecolori
    254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

    1. I haven't been to the other two, but was just at Trattoria Trecolori this past Friday. Like RGR said, it's solid. The food won't blow your mind, but at this price level, this is a great Theater District Italian place.

      I have the photos from my meal here, if you're interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheeryvi...

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      Trattoria Trecolori
      254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        Thanks! I will go look at the pics right now! Do you have any other suggestions in the theatre district for Italian that is great but won't blow the budget totally...maybe 50 pp with food & tip.

        1. re: Cheeryvisage

          Terrific photos, as usual, Cheeryvisage! I could never pass up their tiramisu. Imo, an excellent version.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

          1. re: RGR

            Thanks, RGR! They make their own tiramisu, but not everything on the dessert menu (the Tartufo paled noticeably in comparison). Probably a good bet to pick the ones that says "homemade".

          2. re: Cheeryvisage

            FABULOUS photos indeed! They should be in a magazine!

          3. I've eaten at all three of them, many times. Trattoria is much better than Carmine's and just a cut below Becco, at a fraction of the price and much easier to get into.

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            Becco
            355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

            Trattoria Trecolori
            254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

            Carmine's
            200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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            1. re: KevinMooney

              Thanks Kevin! That is actually the restaurant we have decided on. We wanted something a little smaller and more intimate since Carmines always seems so loud and crazy. Seems like we made the right choice. Thanks again. We will let post how it turns out!