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birthday lunch at esca, lupa or manzo...which one and why?

we'll be in the city during the day for my wife's bday, which is the best and why? I guess babbo is closed for lunch so that leaves esca, lupa and manzo.

tia

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Esca
402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Manzo
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Why not Del Posto? It is because it will be a weekend day?

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

    1. Why only Batali restaurants?

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      1. re: Simon

        The 3 Batali restaurants that the OP picked are not very good. I'm suprised Otto is not very good as well. With all due respect to Batali, he manages to fill the seats every night. Babbo and Del Posto should be on the list. And agreeing with Simon, why only pick Batali restaurants? There are so many good restaurants in NYC. Go to Osteria Morini, they have delicious food.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

        Otto
        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        Osteria Morini
        218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I don't agree at all with your opinion of Manzo. We recently had lunch there (our third time eating there), and the food was outstanding. However, I wouldn't choose it for a birthday meal because its location doesn't say "special occasion" to me.

          Manzo photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          Haven't been to any of the other Batali Italians except Esca. That was many years ago, and I wasn't thrilled. We have been to his Spanish spot, Casa Mono, a few times. The food there is excellent.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          Esca
          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

          Manzo
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      2. so, what are you looking for? i am not a big fan of any of those three places (though my bad experience at Manzo dealt with service at the bar, so I haven't written it off, and it very well might be the best of those three), but if I had to choose, i would probably go to esca. but what i would do is not what you should do, so let us know more about what you are looking for (especially if you are willing to look outside those three places)

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        Esca
        402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

        Manzo
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

        1. wow, tough to get a recommendation. Del Posto would be fine as would another Italian restaurant.

          Looking for food that favors soul over precision, flavor over presentation, comfort over cool decor. Looking for food where if we closed our eyes, it would be easy to imagine we're in rome rather nyc. The only batali restaurant we've been to was Po (when he owned it) and I thought it this kind of restaurant.

          tia,

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          Po
          31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: vinouspleasure

            I've only been to Lupa but I did enjoy it. Nice wine list and good, simple pasta dishes. Sit at the bar/front room for a more lively atmosphere or in the back for a more sedate meal. I think it meets your criteria. Del Posto is nice for lunch but not a place where you can wind down and relax.

            1. re: vinouspleasure

              If you want Roman, I'd say Lupa or Maialino would be good bets for a birthday. Maialino is a bit less casual than Lupa, but not by a lot.

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              Lupa
              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            2. I love Lupa for lunch. It's much more chill than it is at dinner and the pastas and wine list are very good. Enjoy!
              JeremyEG
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