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First Date Place in East Village/Gramercy Park

eepo Jul 11, 2006 01:51 PM

I have my spots, but I want some new ones. Qualifications: not too romantic, not too pricy, fun and casual, and of course tasty.
I like all cuisines. I usually choose a cuisine where I feel comfortable (like Korean BBQ), but I want to change course a little this time.



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    Pan RE: eepo Jul 11, 2006 05:19 PM

    I usually go for bubble tea for a first date. I'm curious where you like to go for Korean. Anyway, I'd suggest Chickpea. It's nicer if you can get a table in the back, but it's pretty casual. Stick to the shawarma and chickplant sandwiches (with lentil soup, if you like), and you'll be fine. Another possibility is Teresa's. Casual, inexpensive, good soups, pierogies, etc.

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      xavier RE: eepo Jul 11, 2006 05:58 PM

      Chickpea isn't a very good way to impress a first date. How about L'Express? Or one of the sushi places? Holy Basil, Jules, Mercardito or -- here's an excellent EV choice: OG, a fantatastic, moderate pan asian place on E. 6th ST btw A & B.

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        Pan RE: xavier Jul 12, 2006 05:51 AM

        From the post that started this thread:

        "Qualifications: not too romantic, not too pricy, fun and casual, and of course tasty."

        I may have misunderstood what Eepo was asking for, but if Eepo had asked about a place to impress a first date, I would have responded differently. But for whatever it's worth, note my mention of the fact that I do not try to impress someone with a romantic meal on a first date and seldom even take them to a meal until the second date.

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          janethepain RE: Pan Jul 12, 2006 02:29 PM

          For what it's worth, I would be a little "huh??" at a guy that would take me out to Chickpea for a first date. I mean, yeah, I give him props for choosing Chickpea over say, a random cart, but in terms of ambience, it's way too take-out. For only about $2-3 more, you can take them someplace like Cafe Orlin or Cafe Mogador where you can actually sit and be served.

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            designerboy01 RE: janethepain Aug 27, 2006 08:37 AM

            Chickpea is a little better than McDs but I recommend it more of a last date place.

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          eastvillagegirl RE: xavier Jul 12, 2006 11:43 AM

          I agree 100% on going to the restaurant, OG on E. 6th. The food is fresh, consistantly great, and the the owners are helpful, friendly and really kind people. It's romantic, with candles on the tables and the prices are reasonable. I go here all the time and I have never had a bad meal--everything is done so well. It's not pretentious--just a quiet local spot with "right on" food where one can't go wrong.

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            eepo RE: eastvillagegirl Jul 14, 2006 03:44 PM

            Mercadito was a success! Thanks peeps for the rec.

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              xavier RE: eepo Jul 14, 2006 08:06 PM

              Does that mean someone scored on the first date? Or simply that they agreed to go out on a second one?

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            eepo RE: xavier Jul 12, 2006 02:32 PM

            After dining at Mercadito, is there a place you would recommend to grab a few drinks?

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            sonyako RE: eepo Jul 11, 2006 10:45 PM

            I was impressed on an e.village fist date at Frank....in fact, I would reccomend Frank, Supper, or Little Frankie's. Great italian food, casual atmosphere - they won't rush you out if the date is going well;)

            OOh - how about Stanton Social? That is a sexy place given the menu is for sharing! - and the French Onion soup dumplings? I think about those every few days and I haven't been there for about 3 months.


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              eatme RE: sonyako Jul 12, 2006 03:10 PM

              i second all of these choices. you can also try Max on ave b and 4-5 ths street

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                jungirl RE: eatme Jul 12, 2006 06:53 PM

                these places are great, but i think none of them accept reservations. if chilling at the bar with a bottle of wine is part of your plan, then they're game.

                FYI, mercadito, altho on B, is not the most economical. i think the first time i went there the bill was like $120 for 2

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              littleredbike RE: eepo Jul 11, 2006 10:46 PM

              How about Via Emila.
              Cafecieto is also a great place, casual, great food and cheap

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                xavier RE: eepo Jul 11, 2006 10:53 PM

                Via Emilia is a great choice.

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                  TipsyMcStagger RE: xavier Jul 11, 2006 11:12 PM

                  Didn't Via Emilia close?


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                    xavier RE: TipsyMcStagger Jul 11, 2006 11:33 PM

                    Via Emilia recently reopened about a block away from the old site. IT's now on 21st or 22nd St.

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                      calypsogirl RE: xavier Jul 11, 2006 11:34 PM

                      it moved:

                      Via Emilia
                      47 East 21st Street near Park Ave S

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                  calypsogirl RE: eepo Jul 11, 2006 10:55 PM

                  i think euzkadi would be a lovely first date place. it's small and romantic, yet also lively and warm .you can order shareable plates or entrees.


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                    cheftamara RE: eepo Jul 12, 2006 12:54 AM

                    Dumpling Man
                    Shake Shack

                    Other neighborhoods:

                    Falai or Falai Bakery on Clinton St. LES
                    Tia Pol 10th Ave b/w 22nd & 23rd
                    Rickshaw Dumpling House

                    Good luck and have fun on that first date!! :o)

                    1. janethepain RE: eepo Jul 12, 2006 01:04 AM

                      I agree with the O.G. suggestion - one of my first dates ever was there :)

                      Cacio e Pepe and Zerza also come to mind. Cacio e Pepe isn't super romantic, but it's candlelit and the pasta is fantastic. Zerza isn't too casual either, but it's good food and not terribly expensive.

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                        was_bk RE: janethepain Jul 12, 2006 01:45 AM

                        i haven't been to the new Via Emilia but I imagine its just as good and would definately agree that VE or Cacio e Pepe would be 2 great choices.

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                          bustapoo RE: janethepain Jul 12, 2006 05:01 AM

                          I def'ly second (or third?) Cacio e Pepe, Zerza and OG. Would also throw in 26 Seats - very cozy and somewhat romantic (nice for a first date, actually!).

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                          maya_s RE: eepo Jul 12, 2006 05:45 AM

                          All the elements considered, my picks are: Cha'an ($), Chubo ($$) and Le Miu ($$$). They are all in the East Vill. Good luck and have fun!

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                            brooklynbyotch RE: eepo Jul 12, 2006 03:05 PM


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                              cubanfoodie RE: eepo Jul 12, 2006 05:59 PM

                              frankie's (really good-new on clinton near houston)
                              brown (on hester st-way down on LES but sooooo worth it)
                              falai -i agree with the others, it's especially nice in the back garden

                              1. shirlotta RE: eepo Jul 12, 2006 06:13 PM

                                try caracas! they just opened a bigger space, it's got super yummy arepas, and it's got a fun vibe.

                                personally, i don't really like via emilia. i think their italian food is just okay, and the ambiance (at least at the old place) is sort of boring. if you're going to go italian, the frank's/supper/little frankie's route seems a better option, since they have more personality.

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