rec for first date?
Cafe Claude is a small bistro style French restaurant near Union Square/ FiDi. It is incredibly inexpensive for the quality you get, and incredibly romantic with candles and warm colors, yet casual setting with a bar scene. I am sure there are several other posts on that restaurant here, they also have a great website. All ages and food preferences. The nice thing is that it is traditional french but not too fussy.
Jackson Fillmore is said to be a great date place but I think it is a 20something stocks and bonds kind of a crowd.
I really like Blue Plate for a first date -- it has interesting food, a casual atmosphere that can be romantic, but can also just be comfortable. Prices are fair, not cheap. www.blueplatesf.com
You could also consider The Front Porch, a new place on 29th street at Mission. It is less expensive than Blue Plate and has a little bit more of a fun, funky vibe.
Both places are not loud, but not exactly quiet either.
I think Blue Plate inside might have more people
per square meter than you want on a first date ...
but the back garden would be great ... so maybe
you can ask for that. You can pretend you are
The food is great.
>Prices are fair, not cheap.
I wasnt totally delighted with the desserts at BP,
but you could always take a "romantic walk" [joking]
to Mitchell's [the ice cream place, not the p0rn facility,
although the long walk to Mitchell Bros, would probably
beat Supperclub in the "amaze the grandkids" dept.].