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Cant get a reservation at Scapetta or Locande Verde any other suggestions?

princeofpork Oct 10, 2011 03:59 PM

Looking for an upscale italian meal but not so traditional or stuffy. I have really enjoyed meals at both of the above but am getting locked out. any other suggestions?

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    peter j Oct 10, 2011 04:27 PM

    How about Ciano or Maialino? I'd also recommend Ai Fiori, Lincoln, and Marea but you might find them too corporate.

    Osteria Morini has its critics but I've always liked it. It's more rustic and casual than any of the previous restaurants though.

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    Ciano
    45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Osteria Morini
    218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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

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      RGR Oct 10, 2011 04:40 PM

      When exactly is this for? How many people in your party?

      Re: the three Michael White restaurants peter mentions. I am not a fan of Marea, but I do like Ai Fiori a lot. We have not been to Morini.

      Maialino and Ciano are two of our favorites. Neither is as upscale as Marea or Ai Fiori, and both have ambiance with a casual feel. Maialino's food is rather rustic, while Ciano's cuisine is more refined. Ciano is definitely the easier reservation.

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        Simon Oct 10, 2011 08:39 PM

        I like the Ciano and Maialino ideas. But its quite easy to walk into Scarpetta and eat at the bar or at a table in the front room (at least for a party of two). I've eaten in the main dining room several times but i much prefer the bar, which at eat prob twice a month or so.

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

        Ciano
        45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        1. princeofpork Oct 11, 2011 08:53 AM

          OK booked Ciano. Any must have dishes.

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          Ciano
          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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            RGR Oct 11, 2011 12:58 PM

            A la carte, the chicken for two cooked in a clay pot. Fabulous! And, of course, there are the signature veal meatballs. There is a a pasta tasting menu. We haven't had it yet, but the pastas we've had in the past have all been wonderful.

            Ciano photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157627332687474/

            Enjoy!

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            Ciano
            45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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