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Romantic restaurant in Manhattan

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My son and his wife are celebrating their first anniversary. I'm looking for recommendations for a good romantic restaurant in Manhattan, as well as approximate cost for 2 to enjoy a nice dinner (my plan is to get them a gift certificate). I'm not too picky as to type of cuisine...I'm more interested in ambiance. Thanks!

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  1. With so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, a few specifics will help Hounds narrow things down and provide appropriate suggestions.

    1. What cuisines do your son and his wife prefer?

    2. People's opinion of what constitutes "romantic" can differ. Would they prefer lots of flowers and frou frou; quiet with soothing (minimalist) decor; or small and charming?

    3. Any budgetary constraints?

    1. They've always been open to any cuisine. Small and charming sounds good. I'm thinking $150 for the 2 of them.

      1. Bouley (French cuisine) in Tribecca is a great romantic restaurant. It might be a bit of a stretch, financially but I haven't been there recently but you can look at their menus online.

        Annisa's 5 course tasting menu is $68/person. It's an intimate restaurant.

        I absolutely love Aureole. It's romantic, cozy atmosphere. Their dinner menu, prixe fixe, starts at $79. Their 7 course tasting menu is $89.

        Cru is good too. Great wine list.

        Le Bernardin is a very romantic restaurant where you can have a quiet conversation. Excellent food and service.

        Picholine in the Upper West Side

        I also love the Red Cat.

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        1. re: chocokitty

          I really like Wallse in the Village. It's a small austrian-oriented restaurant that does simple foods very well. Small, cozy and romantic.

        2. If one asked for the definition of romantic, I would point to Le Bernardin and say "the opposite of that." lol

          It looks like what it is - a restaurant built in a slightly re-designed lobby of a late 60s-early 70s office building. And since the room has a very high ceiling and is more or less open across the whole place, you never forget you're dining with 90 (or whatever) other people. I'm not saying the place is hideous or anything, but "interesting" is about the most positive thing I can bring myself to say about it...

          1. I think Danube is one of the most romantic restaurants in Manhattan. I always feel like I've been on a mini-vacation when I eat there, and it's a shock to go back out into the city. Regular menu would probably be okay price-wise, but tasting menu might be a little high. Easy to find info and menu online.

            1. I completely agree with Danube. The food is wonderful and the room is cozy and romantic. We had a fantastic time when we were there. We had a 9.30 reservation and they sat us almost an hour late, but made up for it with an extra free entree as a third course, free wine tastings with each course, and an extra dessert.

              Not to mention the food is awesome.

              1. Thank you for all the recommendations! I'll have to eliminate by price...I don't want them to have to spend too much over the gift certificate.

                1. If it's not too late I'd like to throw in:
                  Expensive: Chanterelle -- just classic and lovely, not flashy or trendy. Perfect for a special occasion.
                  A little expensive: Fleur de Sel -- French and romantic.
                  Medium: Savoy -- greenmarket New American. Food is not quite as good as in its heydey, but this is still a restaurant for adults. Music not too loud, perfect for a date.

                  Last but not least, The River Cafe is a tried and true, maybe even a little cliche, but the current chef has gotten some good reviews and the view really can't be beat. Plus they have the option to go for a meal other than dinner. The view is good anytime of day.

                  1. The above recommendations sound great. I would also recommend Two if by Sea - my personal romantic dinner date choice.

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                    1. re: androidland

                      And eat a full meal before you go. That way you won't have to eat their food.