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Searching for a no-menu place

dallarose23 Sep 25, 2012 12:34 PM

New to Manhattan from Chicago. Taking a friend to dinner and he has requested "an authenthic Italian spot, as in where they might not even have a printed menu". Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    dallarose23 Sep 25, 2012 05:19 PM

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions- and yes my friend is being silly and pretentious, no doubt.

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    1. re: dallarose23
      Motosport Sep 26, 2012 07:24 AM

      Pick one of Manhattan's excellent Italian places. Call ahead and ask that they not give you menus.

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        thegforceny Sep 26, 2012 07:43 AM

        I like this idea! The above suggested restaurants may not offer a menu but they are not even close to the top Italian restaurants we have here in NYC.

      2. re: dallarose23
        Riverman500 Sep 26, 2012 08:35 AM

        I've been to a few places in Rome where the serve 10-12 small courses family style without any printed menus. They are indeed wonderful but I don't know of anything similar in NYC.

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        alc Sep 25, 2012 02:45 PM

        Perhaps Marchi's
        Don't know if this is what you/he have in mind. This is a price fixed dinner with a set menu

        1. Motosport Sep 25, 2012 02:45 PM

          In the Bronx Little Italy there is Dominic's.
          Several of the Manhattan Little Italy will just take an order for "Whatever you want!" but they probably also have menus.
          In Murray Hill you have Da Ciro and I Trulli which both have fabulous fresh home made pasta.

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          1. re: Motosport
            MVNYC Sep 26, 2012 08:20 AM

            Go to Dominic's in the BX. It is what you are looking for

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            thegforceny Sep 25, 2012 01:38 PM

            I don't like it but Il Mulino does that and you pay dearly for the privilege.

            FWIW I think your friend is being nostalgically misguided and silly. Or perhaps you're focusing on the wrong aspect of his request? How about just a great Italian meal? Won't that be suitable?

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