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Where To Go Now that 'Inoteca is No More?

Just learned the news. Will be in NYC in the not too distant future and I am distraught over this news, I tell you! Loved my late nights there of rustic, interesting and substantial small plates coupled with a long, (Italian) well thought out, well-priced wine list including some great by-the-glass selections.

Looking for suggestions that will meet the needs my old friend did.

Small plates isn't necessary, though obviously welcome; high quality rustic north Mediterranean is necessary (eg. Greek, Croatian, Italian, Provencal, Basque, Spanish, Portugese, etc). Casual. Tia Pol also fits the casual and food requirements for my purposes, but not....

Also, great rustic (eg. non fruit bomb) wine list, with plenty of wines by the glass.

Open late.

Re-asserting casual -- also, that means not a "scene".

TIA!

P.S. I'm reasonably flexible with specific location.

P.P.S. A little spendy is fine if necessary, though by no means a requirement! But hopefully food cost (before tax, tip and wine) would be $55ish or less pp.

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  1. Corsino (same people) is still open.

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    1. re: kathryn

      I don't think it's the same people any more.

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Let me say up front that Louro is a far better, far more ambitious restaurant than 'Inoteca ever was.

        But the prices are an order of magnitude higher than 'Inoteca. Something to keep in mind.

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          Louro certainly fits all requirements of the OP. Casual, right type of food, small and large dishes, Casual :), and Food at $55 a person before tax and not inc wine and tip.
          Louro large dishes are in $20 range, small dishes are cheaper. They can do 2 small and 2 large , even 3 or 4 small and one large each. Definitely do the octopus bolognese. More expensive than Inoteca, yes. Better, Yes.
          A perfect choice

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            So 'Innotecca was serving food in the same price range as Louro?

            Where are the $11 paninis? I don't see them.

            And the mains at Innotecca averaged $16 bucks. Don't take my word for it. the menu is still around.
            http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

            Look. Louro is a much better restaurant than Inotecca but the prices are significantly higher.

            You may *like* Louro more. So do I. But lets not pretend the prices are the same.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              Thanks for looking out for my wallet, but the prices at Louro are fine. :)

              I loved 'Inoteca whenever I was in town for a while because I could go late at night with a couple of friends, not dress up or worry about anything resembling pretension, have a great meal and some nice wine and have it all be *easy*.

              In fact, the only real problem I might have with Louro, looking over their website, is that it would be nice if it were open a bit later, especially on weekends -- we are talking about the possibility of 10:30 or 11:00 (or even a few minutes later) dinners.

          2. re: Bob Martinez

            There's plebny of love here for Louro, but I'll dissent and I don't think it's better than inoteca.

        2. Otto and Lupa for esoteric wine list served by quartino and house-cured salumi. Frankies 570 (but they don't cure their own salumi).

          Salumeria Rosi - meat is spectacular.

          1. El Quinto Pino or Bar Jamon for spanish. Note bar jamon is very small, going closest to when they open is best.

            1. Virgola. Basically oysters and salumi with a little cooked. All small plates. Small but decent wine list. Run by two young italian guys.