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I am looking for a place that is fun.. or Romantic to take a girl I have been dating. This is not a first date but 4th or 5th. Fun or romantic place. She loves italian food.

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  1. Flute for glasses of champagne and bossa nova (very romantic with great velvet drapes, etc.)then next door to gramercy tavern...front = fun; back = romantic!

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    1. re: nancyhudson

      I have to second the Flute/Gramercy Tavern combination--my husband took me on that exact date when we were going out and it was definitely a fun and romantic evening. The only question, though, might be whether you can get a reservation for Gramercy Tavern.

    2. Il Buco is a great option. Good food and wine. A neat place. Romantic without being over the top. A bit bustling, but in a good way. It's one of my fave spots for this type of thing.

      The Gramercy Tavern/Flute option is a far fancier option, and screams "trying hard." That's either a good or a bad thing, depending on the status of the relationship.

      1. If you want to spend less, take her to Max or Frank in the East Village. Food at both is good for what it is and they are fun. Plus you have any number of options of where to meet before or hang afterwards. Il Bagatto on 2nd st. between A and B is also good for a first date. The place is a little nicer and the food still very tasty and the wine reasonable. A Flute/Gramercy Tavern night could cost 400 bucks without blinking. You would be hard pressed to spend more then a hundred with my option. A night including Il Buco would cost somewhere in between. It is romantic, especially in the wine cellar.

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        1. re: Sweatshirt Guy

          If you go to Frank, go to Decibel, a cozy sake bar on 9th St. afterwards.

          Cool, not so widely known spot.

          1. re: CDB

            Decibel is not so widely known? It has been there for at least 10 years.

          1. re: cheftamara

            Oh, Lupa - I really like Lupa, too. I've never thought of it as romantic, but it IS small and cozy.

            1. re: nancyhudson

              Like both Lupa and Frank, but think of Frank as cute but not romantic (tables too squished and decibel level too loud). Lupa's a good thought, too, but if I were doing a romantic night, I'd want a reservation.

          2. Via Emeilia. Stylish, not far from the Flute

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            1. re: xavier

              How is Via Emelia? I was going to use it as a first date but we didn't make it to dinner that night.

              To answer the other points. Frank is great. But it is a bit loud. I do and will still use it for dates though. I prefer it to Max personally.

              1. re: AnotherNYCkid

                I posted a review on Via Emilia back in September. I am really bad at adding the link for you but if you do a search for "Via Emilia-Review", you will find my post. I would not really consider it a "date" place.

                1. re: bobby06877

                  I'm perhaps too married to be trusted, but I would definitely do the new Via Emilia as a date place. Stylish without being pretentious and very good, modestly priced food. Cash-only.

                  1. re: xavier

                    I like the marriage comment,I am married to and my dinners out with my wife are my dates. However, I don't normally consider cash only or no reservation restaurants as ideal for dates. The idea of waiting and not getting a table would be a real date spoiler. I like the certainty of a reservation. That is one of my main reasons to exclude Via Emilia as a "date" place.