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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

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  1. 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

      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!

      1. re: sgordon

        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

          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

          1. re: sgordon

            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!

      2. 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

        1. Frankies it is, then. thanks!

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          1. re: sourgirl

            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

          2. 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