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the most intimate restaurant with great food

Bernke Oct 23, 2006 05:27 PM

looking for a special place.
needs to have great food and nice ambiance.
downtown preferable
any type of food
any price

all rec's please

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    richiegrin RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 05:38 PM

    Not really as intimate, but Cookshop is the first place that comes to find for seasonal cooking in a nice atmosphere.

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      Todd RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 05:40 PM

      The Place (that's the name), W. 4th btwn Bank and W. 12th St, is an extremely intimate/romantic spot with really great food


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        Bernke RE: Todd Oct 23, 2006 05:44 PM

        the place is nice. something a bit more upscale though

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        chow_gal RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 05:53 PM

        On both of the URGENT posts you have running on the board you did not give much information so you are being kind of jerky by constantly piping back with 'not x enough' or 'not y enough'. Esp when you wrote: "any type of food / any price"

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          Bernke RE: chow_gal Oct 23, 2006 05:56 PM

          literally any type of cuisine and price is not an issue. that's no being jerky. the ultimate meal! put it that way. hope that helps

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          kvn RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 06:10 PM

          uptown, but Masa is the ultimate.
          worth the trip (if you have the $)

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            Bernke RE: kvn Oct 23, 2006 06:40 PM

            they don't have availability......

          2. a_and_w RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 07:30 PM


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              Nosher RE: a_and_w Oct 23, 2006 07:57 PM

              Given the parameters, I'd vote for Bouley, as well.


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                Nehna RE: Nosher Oct 23, 2006 08:58 PM

                Bouley would be a great choice.

            2. seal RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 08:04 PM

              Annisa - nuff said.

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                sylviag RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 10:10 PM

                We were given a gift certificate for Danube and had a wonderful dinner there.
                Small, very beautiful, excellent food - a delightful experience. Highly recommended!

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                  Sean Dell RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 10:26 PM

                  Much as I love Danube, the room is quite 'haute'. A show.

                  For a cosier, warmer room, and truly great food, my vote is for Bouley.

                  - Sean

                  1. sadie RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 10:41 PM

                    I recommend Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar! My fiance took me there for a special meal and it was truly memorable - as well as diminutive! Definitely a special occasion spot.

                    More casual, but Prune is always lovely too.

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                      KTinNYC RE: sadie Oct 25, 2006 03:35 PM

                      JLOB has moved from the townhouse location on 5th to a storefront on 2nd. No longer very special or much ambiance.

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                        twiggles RE: KTinNYC Oct 25, 2006 09:09 PM

                        yes, sadly that is true. loved the old place. not very excited about trying the new one.

                    2. MMRuth RE: Bernke Oct 23, 2006 10:51 PM

                      I would suggest checking out Le Gigot - excellent French food, cozy, on Cornelia St. in the Village - not haute cuisine, but v. good.

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                        amyleechen RE: MMRuth Oct 24, 2006 01:29 AM

                        I love this place, MMRuth. We recently gave a dinner-for-two to Le Gigot as a wedding gift. It never disappoints. I don't know if this is in the same category as Bouley or an "any price" no-holds-barred choice, but when you're looking for a cozy, romantic, satisfying meal -- definitely give Le Gigot a try. It's the place my husband and I head to when needing a special meal.

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                          a_and_w RE: amyleechen Oct 25, 2006 03:29 PM

                          Le Gigot is lovely, though it is VERY small, as I recall.

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                            amyleechen RE: a_and_w Oct 25, 2006 06:56 PM

                            Yes -- it's a small restaurant but I think that lends itself to its cozy intimate ambience. There are some restaurants with the same square footage that are just plain cramped -- but Le Gigot doesn't strike me as too small -- it's just right. I'm not a fan of the table next to the door, especially when it's cold, I'd opt for eating at the bar. But if you make reservations, request one of the tables towards the back.

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