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Dec 4-8, 2012 Suggestions for Italian NYC

urbanlady1 Oct 9, 2012 09:28 PM

Would love to find fresh pasta in a non-touristy Italian restaurant.
LaMela on Mulberry is good but probably not the best Italian in NYC

Also, Cuban and deli other than Katz
Thanks for all suggestions

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    Pan RE: urbanlady1 Oct 9, 2012 11:05 PM


    For your Italian recommendation:

    (1) What's your price range (just for food, before tax and tip)?
    (2) Do you want Italian-American style or is any type of Italian style fine?

    For a Jewish deli other than Katz's, you can go to 2nd Av. Deli and get tongue or any of various other things. It's expensive, though; be aware of that. Many hounds also like Sarge's. I went once and had a rather inexpensive lunch, with a waitress straight out of Central Casting. The pastrami was a bit overly salty, but I'd give them another chance if I were in the area and had a craving for Jewish deli food.

    If you'd consider appetizing, rather than deli, you should think about going to Barney Greengrass or buying stuff at Russ & Daughters (takeout only, not a restaurant). Full disclosure: I live close to Russ & Daughters and never get anything there. It's expensive.

    For Cuban food, you can try Guantanamera, on 8th Av. between 55th and 56th. Nothing extraordinary, but the food is fine, they have good drinks, and I believe there's music every night. I've heard very good music there.

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      UES Mayor RE: urbanlady1 Oct 10, 2012 04:18 AM


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        bifpocaroba RE: urbanlady1 Oct 10, 2012 06:21 AM

        Ben's http://www.bensdeli.net/
        Artie's http://www.arties83rd.com


        There are plenty here is one.


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          Pan RE: bifpocaroba Oct 10, 2012 09:23 PM

          Artie's is insipid, in my experience.

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            Ann900 RE: Pan Oct 11, 2012 12:54 PM

            Totally agree.

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          thegforceny RE: urbanlady1 Oct 10, 2012 06:59 AM

          You're right, anything in Little Italy sucks. Hard. But if what you really want is "Italian American" red sauce like you'd find there, board members seem to suggest Rubirosa as a viable option in that genre.

          Italian comes up every day on this board. Here is a recent link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872726

          You may consider doing a search for further posts on the following restaurants, which are NOT Italian-American red sauce 'slop' like you'd find in Little Italy:
          Morandi (I like, but doesn't seem to be a board pet

          More upscale / fine dining
          Ai Fiori
          del Posto

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            foodwhisperer RE: urbanlady1 Oct 10, 2012 09:13 PM

            Italian: Da Andrea, Da Silvano, Il Cantinori
            Deli: Carnegie, 2nd Ave Deli ( off 3rd Ave)
            Cuban: Cafecito

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              coryd RE: urbanlady1 Oct 11, 2012 03:45 AM

              Cuban Lunch Place.... http://www.sophiescuban.com/

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                Pan RE: coryd Oct 11, 2012 11:48 AM

                Eh, I wasn't impressed when I tried their food. I thought it was just OK.

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                keving RE: urbanlady1 Oct 12, 2012 07:11 PM

                Osteria Morini although can't say it won't have it's share of tourists. For Cuban, Amor Cubano in Spanish Harlem is very good!

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