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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.

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    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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

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      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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

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        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.

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          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          Manzo
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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          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.

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              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.

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                  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.

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                      Maialino
                      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: Daniel76

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

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                Pietro's
                232 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017