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Locanda Verde - I sense ambivalence :)

c oliver Jan 28, 2014 02:48 PM

We have a chef/restauranteur friend (here on the Left Coast) who HIGHLY recommended Locanda Verde for our upcoming trip to NYC. Reading the threads it seems some people just love it and others are kinda meh. More than one has mentioned service issues and noise, which don't particularly bother me. Does anyone care to pipe up and send me in one direction or the other ? TIA.

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  1. Monica RE: c oliver Jan 28, 2014 04:18 PM

    I have been there 3 times..twice for dinner and once for brunch. I think what people love about this restaurant is ambiance and the interior itself. The service is pretty snooty and food imo, just good enough. You won't feel like you lost money and time but not a top destination if you want great food.

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      c oliver RE: Monica Jan 28, 2014 05:02 PM

      Thanks. For all time's sake I already have a lunch res at Babbo so may leave it at that. I'll lie to my friend :)

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        Ttrockwood RE: c oliver Jan 28, 2014 08:49 PM

        I've been many times, a few for dinner and too many brunches. I have never been "wow-ed" and right now couldn't tell you what i ate there....i know it was good, but the setting/scene/people watching made more of an impression.
        Keep the Babbo res.

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          RCC RE: Ttrockwood Jan 29, 2014 05:51 AM

          Been there a couple of times and am agreeing with Monica and Ttrockwood.

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            loratliff RE: RCC Jan 30, 2014 07:03 PM

            I'll agree with this. It's certainly never been bad, but also never incredibly memorable.

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          ttoommyy RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 05:50 AM

          "For all time's sake I already have a lunch res at Babbo so may leave it at that."

          Babbo for lunch is wonderful. Buon appetito!

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            c oliver RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2014 08:02 AM

            'Course I meant "old" instead of "all" :)

            We've only been to Babbo once and that was probably six years ago. I still remember the meal. Didn't know til a CH mentioned that they do lunch now.

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        AubWah RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 03:55 AM

        It's about the scene

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          comiendosiempre RE: AubWah Jan 29, 2014 05:07 AM

          Agreed, at this point its more about the scene. We went right after it opened and had some very good food. We think over time that quality has declined. It is indeed always packed and loud. It gets a lot of left coast folk, and we've seen a number of celebs there, particularly in the small atrium.

        2. ttoommyy RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 06:00 AM

          We were to Locanda Verde once, and although we liked the food, the service and ambiance were very lacking. We've never been back.

          1. c oliver RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 08:03 AM

            This is ONE of the many, many things I appreciate about CH. For us it's all about the food and the surroundings are WAY down the list. Thanks y'all.

            1. Monica RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 10:21 AM

              I have to say, I did see the most gorgeous gay men in there..that alone was worth the price of meal. =)

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                ttoommyy RE: Monica Jan 29, 2014 10:31 AM

                Eh, NYC is lousy with us... umm...er... I mean them. :)

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                  c oliver RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2014 10:33 AM

                  Good enough reason to stop by. Do they have a bar?!?!? :)

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                    ttoommyy RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 12:06 PM

                    Yes! lol

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                      c oliver RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2014 12:09 PM

                      Nothing better looking than a good looking gay guy :)

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                        Monica RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 12:31 PM

                        probably the reason why I don't remember what I ate there...

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                          ttoommyy RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 12:58 PM

                          See, as a gay guy, I think there is nothing better than a good looking straight guy! :)
                          Is there a psychiatrist in the house?

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                            c oliver RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2014 01:02 PM

                            You're not crazy; you're just wrong :)

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                        Ttrockwood RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 02:09 PM

                        I have to say that they do an amazing bloody mary at brunch....they even give me my extra horseradish in just the right dose.

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                      Ttrockwood RE: Monica Jan 29, 2014 02:06 PM

                      Meh. They're a dime a dozen in the garment district... Cellar bar is where to find them around happy hour ;)

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                        Monica RE: Ttrockwood Jan 29, 2014 06:57 PM

                        Well , thanks for the tip but as much as I love looking at them , I don't go around trying to find them.

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                      sam1 RE: c oliver Jan 29, 2014 10:36 AM

                      it's mainstream italian for the masses. it's a nice looking space but it's big and just doesnt offer anything special that would interest me in returning.

                      all of carmelini's places are like that. they all offer dumbed down food in nice spaces.

                      1. chompchomp RE: c oliver Jan 30, 2014 09:13 AM

                        We went once with high expectations for brunch but found it solidly middle of the road.

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