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Locanda Verde - I sense ambivalence :)

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. 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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    1. re: Monica

      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 :)

      1. re: c oliver

        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.

        1. re: Ttrockwood

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

          1. re: RCC

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

        2. re: c oliver

          "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!

          1. re: ttoommyy

            '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.

        1. re: AubWah

          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. 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. 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. 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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              1. re: Monica

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

                1. re: ttoommyy

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

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      Nothing better looking than a good looking gay guy :)

                      1. re: c oliver

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

                        1. re: c oliver

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

                          1. re: ttoommyy

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

                      2. re: c oliver

                        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.

                    2. re: Monica

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

                      1. re: Ttrockwood

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

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

                        1. I see that Locanda Verde is casual but would appreciate your opinion if one should wear a jacket to dinner. Thank you!

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                          1. re: jdbeck

                            Definitely not needed. Mine stayed on back of chair as soon as seated.