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Upper East Side-First Date

mle18 Sep 12, 2006 01:00 PM

A friend of a friend is looking for a good place to take a first date. The only thing I could come up with is Cafe D'Alsace--there has got to be more--don't really know the UES as well as I used to. Any ideas (my guess is he will want to spend $100 or so for two).

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    TipsyMcStagger RE: mle18 Sep 12, 2006 01:13 PM

    Vespa – Italian - one of the nicest backyard gardens on the UES


    ZaZa – also Italian with very nice garden


    Zebu Grill – Brazilian – Good food, quiet


    Rughetta – Italian – on 85th – cozy



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      MMRuth RE: TipsyMcStagger Sep 12, 2006 02:01 PM

      Zebu Grill is a fun idea - and it's not overly quiet - ie, no pall hanging over the room.

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      DaveS RE: mle18 Sep 12, 2006 02:09 PM

      Etats-Unis. Quiet, good for a date. Although that could probably top $100, depending on how they order.


      1. Toot RE: mle18 Sep 12, 2006 06:08 PM

        Cafe d'Alsace is good, but really noise, I wouldn't think it's a good idea for a first date. I had my first date with my husband at Le Refuge, 82nd bet. Lex and 3rd Aves. It worked out quite well! It's a lovely Bistro with very good food, you can check their menu at menupages.com

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          Sean Dell RE: mle18 Sep 12, 2006 06:16 PM

          Second Etats-Unis. I speak from experience, ahem..

          - Sean

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            hps RE: mle18 Oct 17, 2006 08:52 PM

            Etats Unis is good.

            If you want something MORE romantic - Caffe Buon Gusto (77th btwn 2/3)

            If you want to impress - Spigolo is AMAZING.

            New bistro called BANDOL on 78th btwn 3/Lex. That is yummy and VERY quiet.

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              RGR RE: hps Oct 17, 2006 09:01 PM

              Just to note that Bandol is not new though it may be to you. When we were in that neighborhood several years ago, we happened across it and had a lovely dinner.


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                hps RE: RGR Oct 19, 2006 05:01 PM

                Hmm, interesting that you said this - we've been in the 'hood for our third year now and only recently saw it within the last 8 months or so. Possible they were closed and re-opened?

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              tellytubby RE: mle18 Oct 17, 2006 09:10 PM

              Cafe sarbasky for coffee and cake if it is a first date!

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                jno RE: mle18 Oct 17, 2006 09:19 PM

                beyoglu on 81st and 3rd is great...mediterranean influenced food.

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                  jayal RE: mle18 Oct 18, 2006 06:54 PM

                  Brasserie Julien - French bistro. On some nights they also have live music (no cover)

                  Beygolu is a good suggestion

                  Zocalo - Mexican.

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                    gutsofsteel RE: jayal Oct 19, 2006 12:08 PM

                    Beygolu is noisy, the service is hurried and inattentive, and the food has gone way downhill - not a date place.

                    Spigolo, Sfoglia, Sabarsky, the bar at Etats-Unis - all good for the purpose.

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                    airot RE: mle18 Oct 19, 2006 10:11 AM

                    Spigolo for great italian.

                    1. Withnail42 RE: mle18 Oct 19, 2006 12:09 PM


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