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Visiting over Thanksgiving. Have a reservation at Scarpetta on 11/23. We were there last summer and had appetizers at the bar. So, I am thinking maybe we should try something new for Italian. Below are my suggestions: Sfoglia, Avoce-Madison, Osteria Morini, and Ai Fori.
Should we stay with our reservation at Scarpetta or pick one of these?

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Sfoglia
1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. I have not really been impressed with A Voce after Chef Carmellini left.

    Morini is very loud and very crowded--tables are super close together. I thought Scarpetta was a much better experience.

    What kind of atmosphere do you want? Any favorite dishes?

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

    A Voce
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: kathryn

      not looking for anything in particular. I originally picked Scarpetta because we stopped by last summer late at night and had wonderful appetizers, plus I would like to buy Scott's cookbook. I have read about Sfoglia a few times and thought it might be worth a trip uptown.... casual dress, trendy crowd, etc.... We are staying at Gansevoort Park.

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      Sfoglia
      1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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

      1. re: BRI328

        i haven't been to your alternate choices, but Scarpetta is one of my favorite/regular places...if you just had starters before, you might want to enjoy some of the pastas (the spaghetti, or the squid ink seafood pasta or the cavetelli w/ rabbit and mint) and Conant's signature black cod, as well as the soups, which are always well-executed...

        Fwiw, while i've eaten in the main dining room a few times, i actually prefer dining at the bar, as it's easier to sample tastes of more wines, share dishes, etc...

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

        1. re: BRI328

          I'd keep Scarpetta in that case. Upper East Side (location of Sfoglia) never really screams trendy crowd either.

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          Sfoglia
          1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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

          1. re: BRI328

            Much to my dismay (since I live a few blocks away), Sfoglia is neither trendy nor very good.

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            Sfoglia
            1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

            1. re: Nancy S.

              Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will keep our resrevation at Scarpetta!

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