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Good Italian Restaurant In Midtown Manhattan

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Good Italian Restaurant In Midtown Manhattan

Any suggestions for a really good italian restaurant in Midtown? Only in NY for two days and is a trip to Little Italy worth it?

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1. Re: Good Italian Restaurant In Midtown Manhattan

We were in the City this past weekend - on the suggestion of some of the 'local' experts we tried Le Zie, 7th Avenue b'twn 20th and 21st.

It is far superior than what you will find in Little Italy, the food is excellent, service very cordial and the prices are very reasonable (for NYC).

My wife exclaimed the chicken piccata was the best she has eaten, the entree was $13.95!!

Give it a try - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Little Italy is no longer a destination for outstanding Italian food. (I'm not sure it ever was). Italian is probably the most popular type of restaurant in Manhattan--beyond what is called "American." You will find all kinds of Italian (northern/tuscan, southern/red sauce, piedmontese etc.) in all neighborhoods at all price points in all sizes, shapes and forms

If by midtown you mean near the theater district, Vice Versa is very good and has some good value prix fixe menus. If you want something more unusual/upscale, L'Impero is wonderful.

If you're more specific about the type of food/place/location you want, we can make some more recos. I haven't been to Le Zie (which is just south of midtown) so can't compare it but I'd trust the reco if the menu looks good to you. Have you checked menupages.com?

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NY Wiz,

Do you have an address for Vice Versa?

tHANKS!

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ViceVersa is located at 325 W. 51st St. between 8th & 9th Avenue. Good food and service, fun ambiance. More info below from menupages.com about it:

menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp…

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Whether or not you`re a fan of Lidia Bastianich`s PBS cooking show, "Lidia`s Italian-American Kitchen," her theatre distict restaurant, Becco, is always excellent and I never miss an opportunity to dine there on my frequent visits to NYC. It`s located on restaurant row at 355 W. 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Phone is 212-397-7957. This is a casually elegant place with lots of charm, outstanding, friendly service and authentic, simple, hearty Italian fare. Prices are surprisingly reasonable. Becco is well known for it`s justifiably popular SINFONIA di PASTA. This is a prix fixe for $16.95 at lunch and $21.95 for dinner. It includes wonderful breads, either a caesar salad or an excellent antipasto misto consisiting of marinated grilled vegetables and seafood (the better option.) The servers then arrive with tableside service from saute pans, of the 3 pastas of the day with unlimited servings. This is always stellar and a great value, although the entire menu is not to be overlooked. The in house made dessert sampler for 2 ($11.00) is perhaps New York`s best dessert value too and there is an extensive list of Italian wines for $25 a bottle. Becco is always exremely busy during pretheatre dining hours so reservations are highly recommended, or go during theatre perfomance times or post theatre when things are a bit quieter, but it`s always a memorable dining experience here. Check out the Tripadvisor reviews.

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I am actually staying a bit south of Times Square so any more suggestions are appreciated. I wrote down the ones above. We love Italian Food. What about good Deli's?

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Avoid the touristy overpriced and attitude laden theatre district delis, The Carnegie and The Stage on 7th Avenue. If you want the real New York Jewish Deli experience you`ll have to travel to Katz`s Delicatessn at 205 E. Houston St. at Ludlow St. 212-254-2246. This is the real deal and it`s been around since 1888. This is great traditional deli food at reasonable prices and they won`t charge you extra for sharing one of their great sandwiches with someone else like they do at those other places.

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Well the pastrami experts (not me) would differ with quindad and say run don't walk to the Carnegie deli. If you like thin cut pastrami, that's the place to go. Katz's is good but cut thicker. Ben's Kosher deli may be closer to your hotel and is good.

Just south of Times Square generally means the garment center area. One of the best restaurants there is Keen's Steakhouse if you like meat (not just steak, they're also famous for their mutton chop). If you eat in the bar/pub area off the pub menu it's cheaper.

Basilica and Roberto Passon are 2 places on 9th ave in the 40's that are well regarded italians. Basilica is just a small, neighborhood place with good prices. (R Passon is too, but nicer).

People swoon over Mario Batali's restaurants. The one closest to you would be Esca.

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Maui #1.... we eat at a place called Simply Pasta when we go to the city... a local recommended it to us for that area... just barely south of Times Square. It closes early though... 9pm... and they only take reservations by phone, not over the internet... but they do have a web site http://www.simplypastanyc.com and you can look at their menu. It is good priced and the food was great!

Hope that helps...

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10. Re: Good Italian Restaurant In Midtown Manhattan

Thank You!! I'll let you know what I find in NY.