Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Oct 10, 2006 08:23 PM

HELP! Need UES Date Spot for under $100

Anyone have a recommendation for a good date spot on the UES? I'd like to spend around $100 for two. Seafood, American, Mediterranian preferred, but will eat just about anything if its good.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Do you feel like being adventureous? You could try Itzocan - Mexican ingredients prepared in a French way ... excellent, and you can BYOB - not sure what the charge is ...

      1. Zebu Grill - 92nd & 2nd

        Beyoglu - 3rd & 81st

        Zucchero e Pomodori - 2nd & 75th

        8 Replies
        1. re: TipsyMcStagger

          Zebu Grill is a good choice - not such a fan of Beyoglu.

          1. re: MMRuth

            I disagree, I think Beyoglu is one of the tastier places on the UES. Order the meze plates.

            Maybe a sushi place? Gaiyumaru, Ichiro, Poke, Sushi Hana, are among the many decent options.

            1. re: jeanki

              I've noticed that just about everyone who likes Beyoglu then says to order the meze plates. I can understand why after having the thoroughly disgusting doner kebab. That and whatever my wife ordered put the whole experience in the running for "worst meal ever". No we didn't have any meze plates.

              1. re: Brian W

                Exactly - that is why I'm not a fan of Beyoglu.

              2. re: jeanki

                We go to Ichiro a lot, but I wouldn't think of it as a date place (but then I've not been on a date for quite awhile). The ambiance at Poke is seriously lacking, and I didn't think that the food justified the lines.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I guess it depends how old you are or what your scene is. I'd rather go to a casual modern sushi joint than a stuffy old world Italian place for a date, but that's just me. In fact I'd avoid the UES altogether...

                  1. re: jeanki

                    Not sure which you are referring to, but the reason I said that I didn't think of Ichiro as a date place was that they have some sort of lights (pot lights?) that seem to glare down on the tables, which strikes me as a little less than romantic. We go there about once a week for dinner, but I'm always trying to avoid having a light shining right on me. And, the OP asked for recs on the UES - so I think posters have been trying to help w/in that constraint.

            2. re: TipsyMcStagger

              I totally agree with Zucchero e Pomodori. One of my favorite date places.

            3. Thanks for the helpful advice. I just got a recommendation for Ithaka. There are few posts about this place. Anyone hear anything recently?

              2 Replies
                1. re: msm394

                  I've lived across the street from Ithaca for 4 years and have never been. Arthur Schwartz used to promote it on his show when he was the host of "Food Talk," but I'm pretty sure it was a paid endorsement.

                  I'd go to Zebu, Beyoglu or Rughetta on 85th and 1st before I'd take a date to Ithaca.


                2. Spigolo on 81st & 2nd is one of my favorite places on the's a great date's small and cozy and the food is amazing..

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: chefdater

                    Might be pushing the $100 envelope at Spigolo.