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Feb 17, 2013 04:38 PM

Spaghetti Carbonara

Looking for the best authentic Spaghetti Carbonara in Manhattan.

- No $$$ Restrictions , preferably
- AUTHENTIC, not creamy
- Great atmosphere/service
- Decent portion

I've been to Lupa - fantastic. Just looking for another spot. Thanks.

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  1. Many swear by the spaghetti carbonara at Scarpetta, although I've never had it myself.

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    1. re: Phil Ogelos

      I could have sworn that I swore, a couple of times, by the spaghetti with tomato sauce at Scarpetta. But I never knew that there was a carbonara that was available for swearing too!

      1. re: RCC

        I'm pretty sure it's not on the menu unfortunately. Anyone else have suggestions?

          1. re: AJTNYC

            Il Buco Alimentari....surpasses Lupa easily

      2. Have you seen this thread?

        The best I've had recently in NYC was at Lincoln. Very authentic and amazing! Atmosphere, service and portion size all A+.

        1. Apparently what comprises "authentic" carbonara is a matter of significant debate:

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          1. re: Blumie

            Well that can be said of many, many dishes. But for argument sake, it is usually agreed on CH that "authentic" means absolutely no cream added, at the least. Basically it's a dish of spaghetti, pancetta or guanciale, egg yolks, cheese and black pepper. That's what I always look for, what I've had every single time I've ordered it in Italy, specifically Rome, and what most people who are looking for the "authentic" dish expect to encounter.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              The dish doesn't need cream, it's what the (raw) egg is there for.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I did not say it needs cream; I said, "it is usually agreed on CH that "authentic" means absolutely no cream added..."

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Your reply to me in specific seemed like you were correcting me. I misunderstood. Sorry.

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      No worries. I was actually agreeing with you. English is my second language.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      I've always loved the carbonara at Otto, but then I had it at Lincoln and now that is the BEST I have ever had in the States and even better than many I've had in Italy. I was truly amazing.

                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        Where's Lincoln? Otto is in Brooklyn, correct?

                        1. re: AJTNYC

                          Otto is in Manhattan, 1 Fifth Avenue.

                          Lincoln is at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

                          The atmosphere at Lincoln is wonderful. Open kitchen and views of the quad (or whatever it's called) at Lincoln Center. Beautiful space and great service. Not inexpensive though.

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            Am I crazy or is it missing from the menu? Lincoln. It's probably me. Sometimes I hear you have to ask for a specific dish.

                              1. re: kathryn

                                You are so right kathryn, thanks. We went for brunch and I assumed it was on the dinner menu. Still worth going for though!

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              I see it's only on the lunch menu

              2. Indeed, authentic carbonara does not include cream. Otto, a bit less pricey than Lupa, has excellent carbonara.

                1. The Tajarin carbonara at L'Apicio is fantastic. No cream. We had all three pastas on the brunch menu and it was the clear winner.