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RedMermaid May 16, 2012 06:05 AM

Searching for an Italian birthday dinner this weekend. Interested place with large portions and decent prices where we won't be rushed out. Love the food and portions at Becco but don't enjoy being given a time limit on the table.

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    Elisa515 RE: RedMermaid May 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    Carmine's

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      City Kid RE: Elisa515 May 16, 2012 11:27 AM

      I would not want to go to Carmine's for a birthday celebration.

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        Njchicaa RE: City Kid May 16, 2012 11:31 AM

        I'd be happy with Carmine's for a birthday.

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          UES Mayor RE: Njchicaa May 18, 2012 04:25 AM

          Me too!! Carmine's great for birthday party esp w those large portions!! Loud and boistrous in a good party way!!

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          thegforceny RE: City Kid May 16, 2012 12:25 PM

          I agree; it's a totally pedestrian, tourist slop house. If you value quantity over quality, then sure, go.

      2. Motosport RE: RedMermaid May 16, 2012 10:38 AM

        Rossini's on E 38th Bet Park and Lex!! Nice ambience, great old style red sauce Italian. Good value! You won't be rushed!! They even have an opera singer one night a week.

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          thegforceny RE: RedMermaid May 16, 2012 11:01 AM

          If you want to go a step up from red sauce joints, try Crispo. Tri-state tourists seem to like it.

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            foodwhisperer RE: RedMermaid May 16, 2012 12:06 PM

            Otto, Monte's, Villa Mosconi, John's, Gene's,

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              Riverman500 RE: RedMermaid May 16, 2012 12:53 PM

              Rubirosa

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                LeahBaila RE: Riverman500 May 16, 2012 01:00 PM

                Second that. Would also add Da Andrea.

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                  foodwhisperer RE: LeahBaila May 16, 2012 02:40 PM

                  I love Da Andrea, but for large portions at a moderate price I think it won't work. The OP didn't say how many were , and they didn't want to be rushed out. I think Rubirosa will rush them out and if it is a large party they will never get a table. I was trying to recommend some place more old school, and similar dishes to Becco. Since they mentioned Becco.

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                    LeahBaila RE: foodwhisperer May 17, 2012 05:28 AM

                    You're right, in that we don't know how many will be dining. As far as portion sizes and relatively affordable prices go, I think Da Andrea and Rubirosa are right on the money. My only hesitation w/ Rubirosa is them not being able to snag a table. The place is hopping!

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                  tex.s.toast RE: Riverman500 May 17, 2012 07:01 AM

                  thirding rubirosa - the small size of the gnocci (which is awesome) was so big that the first time we thought they had sent out the larger size.

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                  Pan RE: RedMermaid May 16, 2012 03:36 PM

                  Perhaps John's of 12th St. How big is your party? Make sure to get reservations.

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