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hard to please-- surprise bday

How about Giorgione? It's owned by Giorgio DeLuca from Dean & DeLuca. Their brick oven pizza is amazing. I've only been there once but the experience was really good. I had the linguine with manila clams. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce very tasty. My friend had the tuna with lentils and tomatoes. For dessert we shared the vanilla cheesecake with caramel sauce. The sauce was just ok, but the cheesecake was to die for, sooo creamy!

Aug 23, 2009
Sparkling in Manhattan

If you only had 15 minutes?

15 minutes? Slice of pizza down the street

Aug 23, 2009
Sparkling in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Underrated Restaurants in NYC

I have to agree: Craft. I think Tom C.'s business suffers because his empire is growing too rapidly and, although he's on tv, you never see him cooking, so watching him doesn't really make me want to go to eat at his restaurants.

Aug 23, 2009
Sparkling in Manhattan

Who makes the best gougeres in Manhattan?

Per Se hands down

Aug 23, 2009
Sparkling in Manhattan

Civetta

I ate at Civetta on Tuesday with some friends that live in the neighborhood. We had a blast. We were seated in front of the glass doors and could see passers-by, which to me is always more fun. I had the fava beans with pecorino and thought it was a very tasty dish. My friends had the arancini and loved it. For the main course, we had a couple of different pasta dishes that were very good and perfectly cooked. The dessert was one of the best I have ever had at a restaurant. It was a coffee-flavored semiffredo with hazelnuts and whipped cream. Overall, I had a great experience. It's like an upscale restaurtant but with a relaxed atmosphere.

Jul 23, 2009
Sparkling in Manhattan