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Nov 29, 2006 01:51 AM

Dinner after Marriage Proposal


I plan on proposing to my girlfriend in mid-December (not in a restaurant) and could use some assistance in finding a good restaurant for dinner to celebrate.

Nothing formal, but romantic would be nice. I would prefer to keep the cost under $200 for dinner. We're staying in the East 40s but wouldn't mind heading into other parts of Manhattan. She likes French, Mediterranean, and American Cuisine.

Thanks for your assistance!

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  1. whatever you do, don't go to il buco. i suggest l'impero, delicious delicious food.

    i wrote this after i "popped the question." good luck!

    1. I can't imagine a more comfortable, romantic restaurant for a special occasion like that and in the price range you mentioned than Gramercy Tavern. The ambiance, food, and service are just wonderful. You can make a reservation in the dining room and let the reservationist know that you will have just proposed and I have no doubt that they will take good care of you. You could also eat in the Tavern Room, but they don't take reservations so you may have to wait. Good luck popping the question!

      1. For our first anniversary we went to March (east 58th between 1st and York). I'm sure they can accommodate you and try to put you in the 'back' of the restaurant where there is a beautiful enclosed Atrium. When we went there they gave me (the wife) a rose and the meal was delightful. It will be right around $200 total. It's quiet, intimate, and a bit of a taste of an "old New York" feel.

        1. second the gramercy tavern recommendation, but not sure you'll make it out the door under $200. if you want to go a bit cheaper, maybe red cat? i bet the same quality of service if you let them know it was a special meal.

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          1. re: ronoc

            I liked the Red Cat, but I'm not sure it is the place for a romantic meal. I thought it was very good, but it was also extremely loud and not an easy place to be heard by your companions across the table.

          2. I would say Cosette (French). It is in low 30's between Lex and 3rd I believe. Great small romantic atmosphere.I thought the food was delicious as well, my duck with a cherry reduction was cooked perfectly and my girlfriends mussles were delicious as well. Also, with wine and such you still will probably only spend $100-130. It is just the owners who run the dining room but they do a great job.