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Need rec's...Maialino, Ciano, Osteria Morini booked. Where else?

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Looking for a special birthday dinner for 7 Sunday night for a very food saavy New Yorker. She has ate at many places. Was thinking one of the above but they're all booked. Any place downtown that you highly recommend that is yummy with a nice ambience and has great fish.

Thanks in advance!

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

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. based on the restaurants you mentioned it seems you're looking for italian. if this is the case I'd maybe try Scarpetta, although that's probably booked too. they don't really specialize in fish, but Locande Verde is also doing great food right now. If you're just looking for great fish, I personally don't think it gets much better than Aquagrill in Soho.

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    Aquagrill
    210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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

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    1. re: cubicles

      I tried Scarpetta as we love it there but yes they are booked too. I like the food at Aquagrill but not the type of place we are looking for. Something 'newer and more hip' if I may.

      Thank you!

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      Aquagrill
      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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

      1. re: BLover33

        Tertulia. They only take reservations for large groups (6+) so you may be in luck. They have a custom grill and definitely do whole fish on the grill (turbot).

        Very hip right now. Good luck!

        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/din...

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        Tertulia
        359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: kathryn

          never been to tertulia, but if kathryn says its good it must be. you can more or less listen to anything she says

          1. re: kathryn

            will check it out! sounds great! Thank you

            1. re: BLover33

              It's usually a daily special so don't panic if you don't see it on the menu. It's "rodaballo a la brasa" on the chalkboard. They also sometimes have grilled gooseneck barnacles (percebe s) or baby squid (chopitos), as well as iberico pork rib (iberico secreto).

      2. On exactly which Sunday is this dinner taking place?

        Although it is not downtown, I highly recommend Ai Fiori, Morini chef/owner Michael White's more upscale restaurant. Delicious food and lovely ambiance.

        Ai Fiori photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        I also highly recommend Union Square Cafe. Though it's not an Italian restaurant per se, the menu does lean in that direction. Wonderful food, attentive service, and very pleasant ambiance.

        USC Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        Btw, Ciano is closed on Sundays. http://www.cianonyc.com/

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        Union Square Cafe
        21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

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

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        1. re: RGR

          i second the ai fiori rec. was gonna mention it but saw the downtown request. also, while i absolutely love the food there, the atmosphere is quite corporate/impersonal, if thats of any matter to you. union square cafe is great, but doubt thats gonna be available, and not sure it would qaulify as "new/hip". its hard enough to get a reservation for 2 or 4 much less 7. if youre not wed to italian id try aldea, as i think the foods excellent and it would more match your hip/trendy request. i definitely wouldn't call mas hip, but the foods certainly excellent with good cocktails to match and the prix-fix menu is a steal. also satisfies you're downtown location

          1. re: cubicles

            Will look into Aldea and Ai Fiori. Thanks again

            1. re: cubicles

              Aldea is closed on Sundays.

              I don't see anything in the o.p.'s request about the restaurant needing to be "hip/trendy." They considered going to Ciano, and it is not hip or trendy. What the o.,p. says they do want is "nice ambiance." USC has that. As for getting a reservation, that depends entirely on when this dinner is taking place. But in any case, the o.p. would have to call the restaurant directly because a party of seven exceeds the number that can be booked on OpenTable.

              Finally, I don't agree with you that Ai Fiori's ambiance is either corporate and impersonal. I have found it to be understatedly elegant and very comfortable.

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

              1. re: RGR

                Ai Fiori is an excellent recommendation. I agree with you that Ai Fiori's decor is "understatedly elegant and very comfortable". Food is delicious. The service that I received was very friendly, attentive and polished. Definitely need to return to Ai Fiori soon.

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

                1. re: RGR

                  "I like the food at Aquagrill but not the type of place we are looking for. Something 'newer and more hip' if I may."

                  Perhaps my word choice was not the best. I guess I wouldn't call Ai Fiori corporate, but it is certainly less intimate and warm than many restaurants and I wouldn't call the ambiance nice. Perhaps its just a difference of opinion, and I wouldn't go so far as to say the ambiance detracts from the food, I'm just not sure its what the op was looking for. As far as the food goes, theres no arguing that its wonderful and certainly would impress almost anyone, even a "food-savvy New Yorker."

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                  Aquagrill
                  210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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

                  1. re: cubicles

                    Oops! Well, I missed that "newer and more hip" comment in the o.p.'s reply.

                    People's opinions re: ambiance are much like their opinions about food: Chacun à son goût.

                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

              2. re: RGR

                This Sunday the 16th.
                We have been many times to USC and love just looking for something different. That's a litle more formal than we'd like but food is great.
                Thanks for the heads up on Ciano.

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

              3. Nuela is open on Sundays. Food is similar to Aldea and fits the description "newer and more hip" that you added. It's very large so you should have no difficulty reserving. Yerba Buena Perry is another nice possibility for pan-Latin.

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                Yerba Buena Perry
                1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

                Nuela
                43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010