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

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

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

    1. Apizz is very romantic and has great food.

      1. 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

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

          1. re: dkstar1

            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. Most definitely Peasant!

            1. Another vote for Peasant here.

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

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

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

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

                      1. 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?

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                        1. re: abu applesauce

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

                          1. re: abu applesauce

                            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

                              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.

                            2. 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. 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.