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Babbo, Picholine or Scalini Fedeli for vegetarians?

My boyfriend and I would like to go to a romantic restaurant for a special occasion but I'm having a hard time deciding between Babbo, Picholine and Scaleni. Note: We are both vegetarians. Anyone have experience at all three and can make a recommendation? Thanks!

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  1. Picholine is French, not Italian...?

    Have you considered Scarpetta?

    Babbo, while I love the place, is not terribly romantic and while you can eat vegetarian there, some of the best dishes involve meat.

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    1. re: kathryn

      We've been to Scarpetta and want to try something different. I've heard Babbo has a veg pasta tasting, which is why I was considering it. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

    2. I know this doesn't fit your request (because we haven't been to all 3 you mentioned) but FWIW Picholine has always been wonderful for my GF (a vegetarian). Truly high end, creative, inventive, dishes in a beautiful setting.

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      1. re: Spiritchaser

        thanks! I've heard great things about Picholine's veg offerings. it'll probably end up being our pick.

      2. I haven't been there recently, but as a vegetarian, I always thought Picholine was wonderful. To me, the fact that they have multiple options for each course, so that both you and your bf can order different things and try a variety is a huge plus.

        Scaleni doesn't have much vegetarian on it's menu, though they are accommodating. Just not in the same league in my opinion.

        Somehow, I've never been to Babbo.

        1. The best vegetarian selections at Babbo involve mushrooms. If you don't like mushrooms, then try Picholine (and don't overlook the cheese cart). I haven't been to Scalini Fedeli.

          1. Thanks for the help everyone. We made reservations at Picholine :)

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            1. re: ss03ny

              You should ask to be seated in the front dining room, it's smaller but taller than the back dining room and we've always enjoyed it more than the back dining room.