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HELP! Need UES Date Spot for under $100

msm394 Oct 10, 2006 08:23 PM

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.

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    MK440 Oct 16, 2006 05:22 PM

    I went to Cafe D'Alsace on 88th and 2nd last night -- you may be pushing the $100 limit but the service and presentation are excellent. Atmosphere is warm and cozy -- great food.

    For a casual spot, try Uptown on 88th and 3rd, nice bar for drinks pre/post dinner and casual but nice eating area.

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      hps Oct 16, 2006 04:08 PM

      Spigolo is supposed to be AMAZING.

      If you're up for Italian - Caffe Buon Gusto (I believe it's on 77th btwn 2/3) is SO romantic. Very dark, lots of little candles, etc.

      1. MMRuth Oct 13, 2006 10:41 PM

        We had a good dinner at Vermicelli on 2nd Ave & 78th last night - Vietnamese - quite tasty, lovely low key decor, good service. It was about $73 with two apps, 1 bottle wine, 1 entree (we weren't too hungry) plus tip - that does not include the $60 I accidently tipped the cab driver on the $5 fare on the way over, however.

        I could see it as a nice low key date place.

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          lisette Oct 13, 2006 06:22 PM

          Canyon Road
          also like Zucchero & Pomodoro
          there's also a good Turkish place on the same block as Zucchero -- good food, interesting, not too pricey.

          You'll never get out of Etats-Unis for $100 for 2.

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            pcwd Oct 13, 2006 06:21 PM

            Maruzzella - excellent Italian, nice atmosphere, not too pricy.

            1. Jill Oct 13, 2006 06:03 PM

              I second Spigolo and Zocalo...must be the "o's". Atlantic Grill (seafood) is good and has a hot-spot sort-of vibe. Also, Firenze (Italian) has a nice, romantic ambience and pretty good food. Paola's (also Italian) has good ambience and really good food.

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                chefdater Oct 13, 2006 05:56 PM

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

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                1. re: chefdater
                  TipsyMcStagger Oct 13, 2006 11:07 PM

                  Might be pushing the $100 envelope at Spigolo.


                2. m
                  msm394 Oct 11, 2006 02:20 AM

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

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                  1. re: msm394
                    koeksistr Oct 11, 2006 03:51 AM

                    Zocalo, 82nd and 3rd.

                    1. re: msm394
                      TipsyMcStagger Oct 11, 2006 04:12 AM

                      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.


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                      TipsyMcStagger Oct 10, 2006 09:39 PM

                      Zebu Grill - 92nd & 2nd

                      Beyoglu - 3rd & 81st

                      Zucchero e Pomodori - 2nd & 75th

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                      1. re: TipsyMcStagger
                        MMRuth Oct 10, 2006 09:46 PM

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

                        1. re: MMRuth
                          jeanki Oct 11, 2006 12:36 AM

                          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
                            Brian W Oct 11, 2006 03:59 AM

                            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
                              MMRuth Oct 11, 2006 11:18 AM

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

                            2. re: jeanki
                              MMRuth Oct 11, 2006 11:19 AM

                              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
                                jeanki Oct 14, 2006 05:29 PM

                                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
                                  MMRuth Oct 14, 2006 05:36 PM

                                  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
                            AnotherNYCkid Oct 16, 2006 05:20 AM

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

                          3. MMRuth Oct 10, 2006 08:58 PM

                            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 ...

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                              chow_gal Oct 10, 2006 08:57 PM

                              Etats Unis

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