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Jan 12, 2012 11:13 AM

Need top notch Italian where I can get a great steak?

I have an important business dinner coming up and the senior person we are hosting, when asked, said that italian is his favorite with steakhouse as a second (they are from Asia). Any thoughts as to a good italian where you can order a tremendous steak? I have had a phenomenal steak at Babbo once and may try to get involved there again.
Thank you in advance

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  1. The steak at Marea is great.

    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    1. One of the best steaks I have had in NYC was at Locanda Verde.

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      1. My favorite non steakhouse steak is the Bistecca fiorentina per due at Morandi.

        211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        1. The steak at Babbo is fantastic, I'd probably stick with that - or Manzo, Batali's new place in Eataly with a beef-centric theme. He could go beef crazy there, including the (same, I think) Porterhouse they do at Babbo.

          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          6 Replies
          1. re: sgordon

            I love the steak (and pretty much everything else) at Manzo, I love this rec!!

            1. re: sgordon

              While I liked the food we've had at Manzo a lot, I wouldn't take an important business client there. Walking through a congested food hall to get to it could seem tacky.


              1. re: RGR

                Yep, I'd second that. And while I like both Marea and Locanda Verde, the noise level there might inhibit conversations - unless you're intentionally looking for an "energetic", entertaining environment and not a "business" dinner. I'd probably stick with Babbo myself.

                1. re: edwardspk

                  I have purposely avoided going to Locanda Verde because I've heard that the noise level is hideously high. I didn't find the noise level at Marea objectionable; however, after two dinners there, it's doubtful we'll be retuning for other reasons.


                  1. re: RGR

                    Probably wouldn't do Locande just because it is too far downtown logistically. Any thoughts on Maialino?

                    1. re: NYCFORKER

                      I think Maialino would work. The tables are nicely spaced apart and while it's somewhat rustic it has a sophisticated vibe perfect for a business dinner.

                      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: Daniel76

                I second Peitros. It's old school super tasty italian and steak.

                232 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017