Husband and I spent 3 weeks in NYC December 2012/January 2013. Stayed in Williamsburg so mainly ate out there but ventured into Manhattan for a few meals when the weather was kind. Babbo - unfortunately while we enjoyed the spectacle, the 45 minute wait at the bar (for a table that had been booked weeks earlier) was a wearisome jostle where it was difficult to even get someone's attention for a drink. And then when the food finally arrived, it was IMO, pedestrian. I also didn't like the side by side seating. It honestly felt like a production line. A few days later we went to Osteria Morini and this was a much better experience. Loved the buzzy but orderly atmosphere, the warmth of the setting and the pastas. The mains were a bit forgettable though in a 'red sauce' sort of way?
Anyhow. That is the sum experience of my NYC Italian dining. We will be there again this April, staying in the West Village. I have started doing some research but have yet to come up with something that I want to try. Price is not an issue; atmosphere should be on the casual side of formal; no fussing about with great ingredients; emphasis on really good quality pastas, good wine list.
Any thoughts kindly appreciated.