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Modern Italian?

Dear All

We are a couple of Aussie hitting NYC again for 3 nights in May. I'm hoping to lock in Per Se (again) for our last night and Spark's Steakhouse for a trip down memory lane on our first night.

I really enjoy "modern Italian" - but don't really want to open a can of worms on what constitutes "Modern Italian" - a look over past posts seems to lean to traditional Italian or "like Nonna used to make"! We'll be staying in Midtown but happy to travel - could I possibly ask for some recommendations?

Alternatively we might like to consider something a little different - and had been recommended Beauty and Essex by some colleagues - any comments?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Best wishes from Downunder!

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  1. Lincoln
    Marea
    Del Posto
    Ai Fiori
    Perla
    Torrisi Italian Specialties
    Salumeria Rosi (Madison Avenue)

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Many thanks for the responses - now the hard part - deciding which one!

        1. re: tony_brisbane

          BTW would any of these suggestions offer a menu degustatione?

          1. re: tony_brisbane

            Most of them, yes. Certainly: Lincoln, Marea, Ai Fiori, del Posto.

            You can view their menus online.

            1. re: tony_brisbane

              I went to Marea for lunch yesterday and I had a really outstanding meal...
              For what it's worth, as an Italian I rate it as my favorite modern italian restaurant in NY..

        1. been to all listed below skip marea, rest are good, go to L apicio, run dont walk loll enjoy

            1. I'll second Marea, Ai Fiori, and Lincoln.

              Lincoln could be interesting for you, as it's the former chef from Per Se - Jonathan Benno. Don't know when you were last at PS, but it might have been during his reign.

              I'll add Babbo - my current favorite Italian in the city. More of a mix between modern and traditional, though. Del Posto could say the same for.

              The most modern degustation currently, if you want to do a big blow-out, is Blanca in Brooklyn - but rezzies are VERY hard to come by. They open the reservation line again on April 1 at exactly 9AM our time, so you'd want to be on the phone at 8:58, and prepared to redial over and over if you don't get through - http://www.blancanyc.com/