Friday, December 14, 2012

Pasta Lovers

142 W 49th St.
(between 7th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
New York, NY 10019

We chose this restaurant because of its location near Radio City.  The reviews across the internet were mixed between really good and that it's a tourist trap and too pricey, but of the choices our group made, this seemed to be the best.

It's location to Radio City, Times Square, Penn Station, Port Authority, and Rockefeller Center is unbeatable.

Our food was fine.  We split a Mozzarella Caprese appetizer, which was quite good.  The mozzarella was super fresh, and the price was about double that of the same meal at a local central NJ Italian restaurant.  

The rest of our group was late due to train issues, and despite having the appetizer, we were given a great deal of pressure from our waiter about where the rest of our group was.  He wouldn't bring us bread and asked us probably three times where they were.  I completely understand the need for table turn around, but the restaurant was empty.  The tables on either side of us were the same size and unused.

My friends enjoyed their meals of varying pasta dishes, and my mom and I each had a pizza roll type thing--basically a stromboli.  Based on the amount we each ate, we could easily have shared one.  It was good, typical, but nothing to really write home about.  These also happened to be the least expensive entrees on the menu; my eggplant stromboli was $10, which I thought pretty reasonable for anywhere, let alone Midtown Manhattan.

Our waiter warmed to us once our friends arrived, but I was pretty ticked off as a result of the pressure about the rest of our party.

So, my recommendation would be to find a small place over on 8th Ave if you're going to the area and are able to walk a little bit away from the center of the action.  It's definitely fine, but who goes into town for a fine meal?

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