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Spaghetti Carbonara

AJTNYC Feb 17, 2013 04:38 PM

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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    thegforceny Feb 19, 2013 11:23 AM

    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.

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      Will4Food Feb 19, 2013 08:12 AM

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

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        Blumie Feb 19, 2013 07:23 AM

        Apparently what comprises "authentic" carbonara is a matter of significant debate: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/21/din...

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        1. re: Blumie
          ttoommyy Feb 19, 2013 07:46 AM

          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
            ipsedixit Feb 19, 2013 07:51 AM

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

            1. re: ipsedixit
              ttoommyy Feb 19, 2013 07:54 AM

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

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                ipsedixit Feb 19, 2013 07:56 AM

                Yes, I know what you said.

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                  ttoommyy Feb 19, 2013 08:13 AM

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

                  1. re: ttoommyy
                    ipsedixit Feb 19, 2013 09:20 AM

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

                  2. re: ipsedixit
                    ttoommyy Feb 19, 2013 08:15 AM

                    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
                      AJTNYC Feb 19, 2013 08:34 AM

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

                      1. re: AJTNYC
                        ttoommyy Feb 19, 2013 09:07 AM

                        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
                          AJTNYC Feb 19, 2013 09:26 AM

                          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.

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                            kathryn Feb 19, 2013 09:29 AM

                            It appears to be on the lunch/brunch menus but not dinner.

                            1. re: kathryn
                              ttoommyy Feb 19, 2013 10:04 AM

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

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                            plf515 Feb 19, 2013 03:39 PM

                            I see it's only on the lunch menu

            2. ttoommyy Feb 18, 2013 09:56 AM

              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. Phil Ogelos Feb 17, 2013 06:12 PM

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

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                1. re: Phil Ogelos
                  RCC Feb 17, 2013 07:18 PM

                  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!

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                    AJTNYC Feb 18, 2013 05:57 AM

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

                    1. re: AJTNYC
                      Phil Ogelos Feb 18, 2013 01:42 PM

                      Sorry about that, AJT.

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                        Cpalms Feb 19, 2013 01:28 PM

                        Il Buco Alimentari....surpasses Lupa easily

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