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Rustic, Italian, Romantic, for Anniversary Dinner--Please Hep!!!

abu applesauce Aug 30, 2006 04:11 PM

Anniversary coming up, I'm searching for a rustic, charming, Italian restaurnat that my wife would love. Great chow would help too.
Thank you.

  1. abu applesauce Sep 1, 2006 01:54 PM

    Andrew P, we think alike. Last time we went to Convivium with another couple, the other fella and I convinced our wives to get the steak for two. After our delicious meal, we polished off their steak for dessert.

    1. abu applesauce Aug 31, 2006 06:34 PM

      I can't thank you guys enough. I have a reservation for saturday night. I am also thrilled with the lack of liquor license (they won't have it by sat night), bc now I won't get ripped off on wine. Win-Win.
      Thanks again--I'll report back.

      1. abu applesauce Aug 31, 2006 06:11 PM

        Thanks everyone. Looks like we are heade to Orchard. One big question remains, my wife does not eat sea food! Don't ask me why. Most of the good review I've read about Orchard seem to involve the tuna tartar, the rissotto with octopus...
        My question: Is the ORchard a mistake for someone who won't eat seafood?

        3 Replies
        1. re: abu applesauce
          Lucia Aug 31, 2006 06:23 PM

          Not at all. Their signature flatbreads aren't seafood, nor are most of the entrees.

          1. re: abu applesauce
            calypsogirl Aug 31, 2006 06:23 PM

            you will miss out on a lot of good things, but i don't think it'd be a mistake at all to go. all the food i've had there has been delicious. some non seafood dishes that were excellent:

            mushroom flatbread
            duck confit flatbread
            braised short ribs flatbread
            cheese flatbread

            orchard salad

            butternut squash agnolotti
            gnocchi...one of my favorites

            1. re: abu applesauce
              Andrew P. Aug 31, 2006 10:32 PM

              Two weeks ago, I had the nice pasta with tiger shrip and chorizo, but my girlfriend had the prime rib-eye steak with cherry tomato salad, buffalo mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette, and it was outstanding. It was also ENORMOUS. The steak was more than an inch thick, and was so big it was dripping juices on the tabletop. I ate about 1/4 of it. Mmmmmmm.

              The foie gras appetizer was very good too.

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              calypsogirl Aug 31, 2006 05:07 PM

              i agree with peasant!
              i also think the orchard would be lovely. falai would be another spot, but it's not "rustic."

              1. Jill Aug 31, 2006 03:22 PM

                Peasant is a great choice! Very sexy and romantic at the same time. The food is very good too.

                1. jenniebnyc Aug 31, 2006 01:16 AM

                  I recently dined at Beppe and thought is was rather nice. The pastas and gelato were delicious.

                  1. g
                    giftergirl Aug 30, 2006 11:43 PM

                    erminia is wonderful. i wouldn't call it rustic, but the space is small & very romantic.

                    1. r
                      RCC Aug 30, 2006 09:28 PM

                      Another vote for Peasant here.

                      1. b
                        Bonnie Aug 30, 2006 08:39 PM

                        Most definitely Peasant!

                        1. t
                          trinyc Aug 30, 2006 06:16 PM

                          Try Peasant!

                          1. b
                            bobby06877 Aug 30, 2006 05:27 PM

                            I love Da Andrea and agree that it is a good choice. If you want something a little more upscale,and expensive, Il Buco is a good choice.

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                            1. re: bobby06877
                              dkstar1 Aug 30, 2006 06:21 PM

                              il Buco is overrated, has awful service and is very overpriced. Charming place though.

                              1. re: dkstar1
                                bobby06877 Aug 30, 2006 07:02 PM

                                It must have changed in the last 6 months or so. I agree with overpriced but the service was good and the food was very good. I suggested Il Buco as an option because of the OP's request for romantic and rustic.

                                1. re: bobby06877
                                  designerboy01 Sep 3, 2006 05:35 AM

                                  Sorry, don't recommend peasant.

                            2. erica Aug 30, 2006 04:30 PM

                              Apizz is very romantic and has great food.

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                                serious Aug 30, 2006 04:19 PM

                                Perhaps Da Andrea (Hudson st) would be a choice.

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