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please help us choose three restaurants for post-wedding dinners

margaret Aug 21, 2006 08:54 PM

I'm getting married this weekend and taking a short honeymoon trip to Martha's Vineyard. When we get back, before we resume our normal lives, we're planning to extend our honeymoon by having some great meals. We'll splurge (for us that means $150 at most for dinner for two with wine). We'll go anywhere in Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn. We don't eat meat but love fish and seafood. And we like just about every cuisine we've ever tried. So we're trying to come up with three places for next weekend, different enough from each other, sort of romantic but not stuffy.

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    ghbrooklyn Sep 7, 2006 02:31 PM

    The tasting room - one of my favorite restaurants, especially in late summer. I have not been to the new space yet, but I think you can still get away with $150 for two.

    1. designerboy01 Sep 7, 2006 12:59 AM

      How about these two places. I know someone that threw a post wedding reception at City Hall.

      City Hall
      131 Duane St
      New York, NY 10013
      (212) 227-7777

      417 Lafayette St
      New York, NY 10003
      (212) 777-8443

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        jasmurph Aug 23, 2006 04:30 PM

        How about lunch at nougatine, dinner at degustation, and lunch or dinner at the tavern room or lupa? I love sitting at the bar at lupa for lunch.
        As for Babbo, it might be POSSIBLE to do it for less than $150, but it's not desirable. You'd be limiting yourself, especially since you're thinking about wine. I'd say it's going to cost somewhere around $200-250 for 2 people, drinks, tax, and tip included.

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          thelambchop Aug 23, 2006 04:19 PM


          my husband and i have recently been exploring restaurants where $150 is the sweet spot - where you can almost splurge for about that amount, but the food is still great and the vibe warm & friendly. we especially like:
          Little Owl (reservations might be tough)
          Little Giant
          Knife + Fork
          The Good Fork (in Red Hook - this is less intimate, but food still great)

          with the exception of degustation, which i found to be pitch perfect, most of these places can be a little uneven, because they're more casual in service and atmosphere. but they're all lovely and i find them intimate & romantic.

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            RGR Aug 23, 2006 02:23 PM

            I think some of the suggestions made here are not taking into consideration your stated budget: "$150 at most." For example, Eleven Madison is definitely not doable since the basic 3-course prix-fixe is $68pp. And the tasting menus' costs far exceed that. Aureole and Bouley are also too expensive at dinner. (Btw, the suggestion about doing lunch at upscale restaurants is a good one That would give you many options since many have very well-priced lunch prix-fixes.)

            As for OIBL, others have already pointed out that the food leaves way too much to be desired to even be considered.

            While Babbo may very well be doable, I have not been there. However, I do know from personal experience that it is possible to have an excellent dinner at L'Impero within those budgetary constraints. Don't miss the seriously delicious mushrooms and polenta appetizer. The portion of each is huge, so if you go a la carte, sharing can keep the cost down. The small outdoor patio is very romantic.


            Some other recommendations for fish and seafood lovers (pun intended):

            Devi, the superb Indian restaurant, serves extraordinary fish and seafood. The interior space has unusual, very attractive decor and atmospheric lighting. Ask to be seated in one of the two more intimate, curtained alcoves at the back of the main dining room. Definitely doable on this budget.


            Pampano serves modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Creative and delicious. Another place with a lovely outdoor terrace. And it fits the budget.


            Margaret, Best wishes to you and your very soon-to-be husband and Bon Appetit!

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            1. re: RGR
              llinza Aug 23, 2006 03:25 PM

              Devi is a wonderful suggestion, the room is festive and beautiful as is the food.

              I would also suggest Lupa, the food is fabulous and they have a very budget friendly wine list. Lupa is not romantic per se but we always enjoy the happy buzz of the restaurant. Definitely fits the budget.

              What about looking into a great brunch. Norma's gets good reviews but you could also try Five Points.

              If you are willing to hop on the 7 - Tournesol in Long Island City has lovely french food and there are a number of very cool bars in the area for an after dinner drink.

              Congratulations on your wedding!

            2. dawnfawn Aug 22, 2006 08:12 PM

              One if by land two if by sea is one of the most romantic restaurants in new york. Thru Labor day they have a 35.00 prix fixe dinner Monday through Friday otherwise it is 69.00 per person. City Hall also has a 35.00 per person prix fixe. It is the wine that will be almost impossible, try calling and ask if you can BYOB, for a corking fee. I have done that even at Danube. It's a little known way to save in New York

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              1. re: dawnfawn
                MMRuth Aug 22, 2006 08:26 PM

                As a warning - I'd do some more research on this board about One if By Land, Two if by Sea if you are at all considering it - there have been a lot of negative posts about the food there, with which I concur.

                1. re: dawnfawn
                  chow_gal Aug 22, 2006 08:30 PM

                  OIBLTIBS is a lovely space, but a tourist trap of mediocre food.

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                  JT123 Aug 22, 2006 07:23 PM

                  Bouley is one of the most romantic restaurants I've been too, and one of the best dining experiences I've ever had in NYC. They have a great deal on their lunch time tasting menu. Why not have a leisurely mid-day meal instead of dinner one day.

                  Congrats to you and your fiance. And for a great, romantic meal in MV, try L'Etoile in Edgartown. We went the night we were engaged, and it was romantic and delicious.

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                    JeremyEG Aug 22, 2006 03:58 AM

                    I think you can do Babbo for $150 as their wine list has lots of affordable options. Congratulations!

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                      eve Aug 21, 2006 10:07 PM

                      alot depends on availability but this late in the summer, you might do ok

                      Eleven Madison Park

                      are two suggestions.

                      I love Bouley, Danube and Aureole but your budget would be tight. Congrats.

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