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sourgirl Oct 25, 2011 07:24 PM

In need of some good pasta, of the two, which would you recommend? or another downtown italian recommendation of similar price range

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Otto
1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Frankies 570 Spuntino
570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

  1. sgordon Oct 26, 2011 07:25 AM

    Frankies, of the two, hands down. Either location (the new 570 or Frankies 17 on Clinton St.)

    Another good option, Caffe Falai in Soho - they're more pure Italian & less Italian-American, though, so depends what you're looking for. When I'm in need of a pasta fix, it's them or Frankies for me, usually. Falai has a lighter hand and brighter flavors, you'll be satisfied but not in a food-coma afterwards. Frankies is more indulgent, rich. Both awesome, though.

    Otto, for whatever reason, never been a huge fan of - and I quite like most of Batali's places.

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    Otto
    1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    Caffe Falai
    265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: sgordon
      NellyNel Oct 26, 2011 07:36 AM

      Agreed.
      While I actually do like Otto for certain things, (cheese and meats plates are awsome, olive oil gelato etc.) for some reason, I think their pasta is terrible.
      Never been to Frankies, but it's gotta be better than Otto for pasta!

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        kathryn Oct 26, 2011 08:40 AM

        Does Frankies do fresh pasta or dried?

        Otto does mostly dried pasta and for very cheap. It was $9 for a while, wasn't it? Now it's $10.

        Whereas it appears that the Frankies restaurants price theirs closer to $15-18.

        1. re: kathryn
          sgordon Oct 27, 2011 10:11 AM

          I think it's a mix. Their house-made cavatelli w/ Faicco's sausage is extraordinary, though. A classic.

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          Faicco's
          260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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            kathryn Oct 28, 2011 08:21 AM

            That makes sense. That dish sounds great--I really must get over there.

            I can't think of many places serving $10 good pasta in Manhattan, so Otto is still good for that. Plus: gelato!

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        asgaynor Oct 26, 2011 08:45 AM

        You might also want to take a look at Malatesta; I've had a number of good meals there.

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        Malatesta
        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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          sourgirl Oct 26, 2011 10:57 AM

          Frankies it is, then. thanks!

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            Blumie Oct 27, 2011 12:05 PM

            FWIW, I much prefer the atmosphere of Frankies 17 to the new Frankies 570, which is too big, noisy and polished for my liking!

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            Frankies 17 Spuntino
            17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            Frankies 570 Spuntino
            570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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            sourgirl Oct 31, 2011 08:23 PM

            We went to Frankies 17 on friday night, quite late, and it was busy right til midnight. I got the ricotta crostini and sweet potato ravioli - both were absolutely delicious. I was still hungry, though, and it didn't quite fill me up, so I ordered a side of broccoli rabe. That was the only disappointing part of the meal; it's served cold, which was kind of unexpected, and it was just...blah. My friend got the cavatelli and thought it was excellent. Definitely would go back.

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            Frankies 17 Spuntino
            17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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