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Babbo substitute for 50th birthday

Hi! It's my mom's 50th birthday in March and I want to do a surprise family dinner in Manhattan for 8 people. She loves Italian food and has said before that she really wants to visit Babbo, but they only do reservations for maximum 6 people. Any recommendations on a a similar/delicious restaurant that would be suitably festive for a birthday celebration? Not super casual but otherwise open to any suggestions in the <$70/person range! We'll have some kids in our group so nothing too bar-focused either. Thanks!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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  1. reserve a table in the bar section at del posto. not babbo but in the same family! some like it better because staff is nicer & food can be equal to if not better for some

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    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: cubanat

      They eliminated dinner in the bar section of Del Posto a while ago.

      1. re: kathryn

        AWFUL news! that was the best deal in town! can you still eat in the bar area? just apps?

    2. Have you been to L'artusi? They do small events there all the time, though it would probably be more economical to order a la carte. I enjoy their pasta even more so than the pasta at Babbo. They have delicious crudo, vedura, and pasta. We normally fill up on the first half of the menu and don't get a chance to order the pesce or carne section. We have not been disappointed when we ventured to the second half of the menu. The beef carpaccio, roasted mushrooms, and spaghetti are a must.

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      L'Artusi
      228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

      1. how about porsena?

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        Porsena
        21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. How about Scarpetta or Lincoln? Can't go wrong with the food at either, and I'd you order carefully it fits your price range.

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

          Lincoln
          142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

          1. How about Locanda Verde? http://locandaverdenyc.com/

            Delicious food in a fun, casual atmosphere with a little star power as well!

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            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013