Old Fashioned Italian Restaurant in Manhattan

Jul 26th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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Old Fashioned Italian Restaurant in Manhattan

I'm leaving July 27 for a vacation in NY.
My husband lived in NY until 1977 and recalls fondly some "old-fashioned" Italian restaurants that are no longer there. He wants a red-sauce kind of place with good food and traditional southern Italian dishes. We used to go to Johnny's in the Times Square area, but it is no longer there. Any part of Manhattan is fine, but we will be in Times Square area and Greenwich Village. Inexpensive to moderate in price would also be good. Sorry for the short notice. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 07:35 AM
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Il Vagabondo is one of my favorites for old-fashion red-sauce italian dishes (62nd btwn 1st/2nd). They have a bocce ball court inside the restaurant. They have a newer addition as well so request to be seated by the bocce ball court for the old-school ambiance.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 10:25 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply, Jarred.
Any other suggestions from anyone?
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Jul 26th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Gene's on w. 11th near 6th avenue fits the bill. It's been around forever, very old school style in look, food and even waiters. The have all the usual red sauce dishes and many others. They also have a very reasonable prix fixe menu with good variety - appetizer/main cource/dessert/coffee for about $26.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 10:49 AM
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You can view user commets and menus on menupages.com.

BTW, Gene's has great profiteroles for dessert.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 11:17 AM
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Old fashioned Italian in midtown, Gino, 780 Lexington Ave, about as old school as they come. In the Village, Ennio and Michael Ristorante, 539 Laguardia Place just below NYU.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Perhaps your husband remembers Mama Leone's? My family do-very corny,wonderful for taking small children, good food...and long gone, but if anyone else here remembers it, my family would love something similar for an upcoming trip we are taking.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 12:32 PM
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Sometimes those 30-year-old memories should be left as memories...have you ever been to a class reunion?
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Jul 26th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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Becco over on Restaurant Row (9th or 10th Ave in mid-40's)-- for classic red-sauce and dont skimp on portions, there is always Carmine's in the Theatre District right off Times Sq.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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In the East Village
John's
on 12th St near 2nd Ave
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Jul 26th, 2007, 02:40 PM
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I don't claim to be a NY restaurant expert at all, but a couple of weeks ago we dined at Becco and it was very nice. It is very convenient if you are trying to see a show the same night.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 02:50 PM
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These are good suggestions - I was gonna mention John's of 12th Street (not to be confused with the pizza places on Bleecker and in the W. 40's) - it will probably be the most reasonably priced . . . I used to go there 30 years ago . . . .
You might try Baldoria on W. 49th - pricy but can be popular, mostly because it's related to the famous Rao's in East Harlem. Gino is a real throwback, too (cash only).Other ideas might be Patsy's on W. 56th St. - Sinatra's favorite place - is really old fashioned, I think the food is mediocre at best . . . but the atmosphere is genuine. Check out the menus on www.menupages.com
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Jul 26th, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
I met my husband in NY when I was attending NYU and I remember Mama Leone's. We'll check some of them out.
The homepage for Il Vagabondo is hysterical.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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Il Mulino...not cheap
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Jul 27th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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There was a mob hit on this season's soprano's at Johns and E. 12th. I have been to John's and Gene's both several times in the past few years. In my opinion Gene's is better (and I even saw Micheal Imperioli eating there once), and only a bit pricier than John's *their prix fixe can't be beat).

I haven't been to Ennio & Michael's in a few years but have had some nice meals there. It is a bit pricier if I remember correctly. It also is a newer place, so it doesn't have the throwback charm kind of ambiance of John's and Genes, but the staff was delightful.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 11:19 AM
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Second Il Mulino - very old school and delicious. Try lunch you might have a better chance to get in.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 05:49 AM
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Beware of the bill at Il Molino. There have numerous accounts of the bill being incorrect and never in the dinner's favor.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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The food at Il Vagabondo is compartively mediocre at best (I used to live on the block, two doors down), but the atmosphere is great and it's a good place for "celebrity sightings."

For "old-fashioned" Italian cuisine, you can't beat Volare in the Village, West 4th Street.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 11:53 AM
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Piccolo Angolo on Hudson Street might be what you are looking for.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 01:55 PM
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This wasn't my post, but THANKS, responders for some great ideas.
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