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Casual Italian Lunch in Manhattan?

fuzzy510 Jul 22, 2012 08:47 PM

Looking for a recommendation for Italian for lunch on Tuesday where we won't feel too out of place in a t-shirt and shorts - my friend and I are going to the Mets game later that night, and we won't have a chance to change beforehand. We had thought about Little Italy, but everything I've read when I'm searching through here leads me to believe we could do better elsewhere. Price isn't a concern, but I'd think most of the higher-end options wouldn't be compatible because of the dress code.


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    alepenazzi Jul 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    Being Italian I'd suggest Aurora, on broome street and thompson street, or Quinto Quarto on Bedford street, between 6th av and Carmine st.
    Aurora is probably a little better but I prefer the ambience of Quinto Quarto.
    Both are nice and casual spots where I personally go whenever I want a simple, quick and good meal and I'm too tired (or too lazy) to cook at home.

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      RGR Jul 22, 2012 11:53 PM

      Bottino, on 10th Av., b/t 24th & 25th, has very good food and a lovely garden. Shorts and t-shirts would be totally acceptable.


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        Motosport Jul 23, 2012 02:19 PM

        A + on Bottino!!

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        AubWah Jul 23, 2012 03:34 PM

        Trust me go to Bar Pitti you will love it

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          foodwhisperer Jul 23, 2012 08:34 PM

          I'll second Bar Pitti for Italian, they have excellent food. You can eat outside. No one will care what you wear.If they are packed, you can eat next door, good Italian at Da Silvano. You can go further downtown to LES and eat at Meatball Shoppe or Inoteca ( Ludlow St.)

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            alepenazzi Jul 24, 2012 06:38 AM

            I personally recommend against Silvano, it used to be ok, now I think it's a tier below Aurora...
            Bar Pitti is great for the vibe, the food is ok, but I find it a little overpriced...

            PS By the way, I've been to Barolo yesterday, great back garden, but I'll never go back.. Pasta was pre-cooked and the steak tartare starter was almost a joke... I heard a lot of people raving about it but I really thought it was one of the worst italian meal I had (among the mid-to-expensive restaurant)

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              AubWah Jul 25, 2012 04:30 PM

              Da Silvano is ish don't think so

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            Tommy D. Jul 24, 2012 08:02 AM

            Perla is now serving lunch.

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              kathryn Jul 24, 2012 11:03 AM

              According to their site, it is weekend lunch, so not on a Tuesday:

              Friday - Sunday
              11:30am - 2:30pm

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              mangiare24 Jul 24, 2012 11:49 AM

              Eataly has a number of great options and t-shirts and shorts are accepted in all of them.

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                hannahcampbell Jul 25, 2012 01:56 PM

                What about Parm?

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                  RebelWithaCause Jul 26, 2012 07:42 AM

                  RUBIROSA!!! Parm is wayy to small, but they are both in Little Italy....
                  You can also try Otto.

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                    elasticwaistband Jul 26, 2012 08:10 AM

                    Ditto on Rubirosa. You can make reservations on Opentable too.

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                    becKa Jul 26, 2012 10:47 AM

                    Capri Caffe on Church b/w Chambers and Reade is excellent and very casual but absolutely tiny.

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                      leuce7 Jul 26, 2012 10:57 AM

                      Any limitation location wise? There's some decent casual Italian in the upper-30s near 8th, so you're not too far from the 7, either.

                      Lazarra's - 221 West 38th Street, NYC

                      Carbone - 331 West 38th Street

                      Casa Nonna - 310 West 38th Street

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