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scarlet knight Sep 8, 2012 06:36 PM

They liked Coppola which is a straight forward, traditional Italian place which we enjoyed, too. Anyone try Fred's on Amsterdam and 81st? Other ideas?

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    mitchleeny Sep 9, 2012 05:05 AM

    Tom Valenti's Ouest should fit the bill.

    http://www.ouestny.com/

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      scarlet knight Sep 9, 2012 01:52 PM

      Anyone try Recipe or Cotta?

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        LNG212 Sep 9, 2012 01:59 PM

        We love Cotta. And while the food there might fit your requirements, I'm not sure the noise level would. It is VERY loud. You could ask for a reservation in the rear room upstairs which is much quieter but it requires stairs - not sure if that's a problem for your group. The menu has both small plates as well as more traditional pastas/entrees. The wines are pretty gently priced and the staff there is usually quite knowledgeable too.

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          RussianGirl Sep 10, 2012 07:51 AM

          Recipe is fantastic. Tiny place and not sure if they take reservations, so try to get there early. Portions are not huge, but the food is fresh, delicately prepared, and very tasty. Cotta is also tasty, but agree re: the noise level (as mentioned above). Fred's is a great place too, but different - it's more bar/comfort food. There are seats at the bar and a few tables in front and then a pretty big dining room in the back, which is nice and cozy - really friendly service and great food (burgers, mac and cheese, etc), but more casual than the other places.

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        City Kid Sep 9, 2012 02:21 PM

        Perhaps Scaletta, on 77th between Columbus and CPW. They've been there forever, good classic Italian and quiet, nicely spaced tables. Definitely attracts an older crowd and has a menu of old standards.

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          alc Sep 9, 2012 03:23 PM

          second Scaletta. An obvious choice if you liked Coppola and want nice food and quiet

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            arepo Sep 10, 2012 08:18 AM

            Telepan at 69th bet. Broadway and Columbus.
            La Boite en Bois at 68th between Broadway and Columbus, reminiscent of a charming, small Parisian walk-down.

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              scarlet knight Sep 10, 2012 01:10 PM

              Have eaten at both. Both very good. May try Scaletta first with this group.

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          plf515 Sep 10, 2012 04:44 PM

          We love Fred's but it's not a place that fits what you want. Early in the evening nearly every table has at least one kid. Later, it's mostly people in their 30s. Good, friendly neighborhood place with decent food at reasonable prices. But I don't think it's what you want.

          What's your budget?

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            scarlet knight Sep 10, 2012 06:26 PM

            Budget is moderate. Dovetail is too expensive and experimental. We like Telepan , but that might be more costly than we like for this group. Scaletta is the leading cadidate, but I welcome other nominees.

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              americanafan Sep 20, 2012 06:37 PM

              La Mirabelle is a comfortable place for an older, conservative group.

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                swannee Sep 21, 2012 05:39 AM

                mirabelle is perfect for this genre, but it is fairly expensive (less than Telepan or Ouest, however).

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            sandygrove Sep 20, 2012 03:36 PM

            We really enjoyed The Leopard at des Artistes on 67th St between W Central Park & Columbus Ave on a recent visit. It might be a little pricier than what you are looking for but the service and meal were impeccable. Beautiful decor and atmosphere. We are older and pretty conservative when it comes to dining and it was the highlight restaurant of our trip.

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