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Please...Have a heart! Highly Anticipated Second Date!

Okay, so, I've got a very important second date on one of the hottest days of the summer so far. I'm looking for some place sexy with good food and a/c as well as low lighting, since I'm positive my make-up will have slid off of my face by the time we get there. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, although Indian and Thai are out. Location isn't as important, although we probably won't venture south of the Village. Thanks in advance! Wish me luck!

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    1. re: orenshapiro

      In the context of what Jill is looking for, i.e., "sexy" and "low lighting," I don't think Bolo is a particularly good fit, though I would agree that the food's quite good.

      Trio, on 33rd St., b/t Lex & 3rd, might be a better choice. The Mediterranean cuisine is very good, and there are some Croatian specialties, particularly the strukli, that are particularly delicious. Being seated in one of the cozy booths, preferably toward the back, can make a couple feel tucked away and sexy. Lighting is low enough to provide atmosphere, but not so much so that one needs a flashlight to read the menu.


    2. What area were you looking for? Dos Caminos on Park Ave. South and I think 27-28 St. had low lighting and close to the subway.

      Pipa near Union Sq was a fun place for tapas and sangria. Also, if you're feeling lucky afterwards, you can walk on over to the W or WunderBar for drinks. They have private booths at WunderBar.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I really appreciate it.

          1. Too bad they have no reservation. Standing on the sidewalk in 100 degrees hoping for a table at the bar doesn't sound like the best circumstances for a 2nd date - speaking as one of those of the sex whose makeup would also be falling of their face too :-)

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            1. I had a third date recently at Nomad, east side of 2nd Av. between 4th and 5th Sts. Low lighting, though you can see the menu, your date, and your food. The decor is lovely and the food is tasty.

              1. For a woman making the choice on where to take a guy, you looking for someplace with decent food and where you would be very unlikely to wait outside, Porcao. A guy should enjoy it, it's almost all meat. Not the most "romantic" place in the world, but it's not unsexy. I'd really like it if a woman wanted to take me there. Don't worry too much about your make-up, smile and make eye contact and he either won't care or won't notice. In the heat, I notice most smaller restaurants cannot seem to stay cool. While the bigger ones have an AC that can crank it up. Porcao is fairly big, it should be fine.

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                1. re: Captain

                  Thanks Captain...good advice, all the way around.

                  1. Yeh, I dont know about Porcao.. Its like an All You Can Eat Brazillian BBQ.. Stuffing yourself on skewered meat does not spell romance.. I would go to a place like Decible, Saka Gura, Aburiya Kinnosuke.. All like dark little Japanese Places.. Very interesting and I think romantic and unique..

                    Il Buco is a good choice too.. Definitely meeting the dark romantic criteria..

                    1. How about Blue Water Grill? If the main dining room is too loud, how about the downstairs Jazz room?