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Dec 16, 2006 10:28 PM

date of sorts

I need some help on where to go for a first "real" date with someone i have already been seeing for a few weeks, but have not had the chance to go out to a nice dinner with due to law school finals. We are going to be in the east 30's in the afternoon, but don't mind a long walk or subway/ taxi ride elsewhere. Somewhere not so trendy, not so loud, not the most expensive, but still nice. maybe not such a big name, but somewhere new yorkers who know food, would know about. any kind of food that doesn't cook w/ peanut oil (allergies) is good

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  1. Cosette, on 33rd St., b/t Lex & 3rd, is a sweet, petite, cozy French bistro with very good food.

    Ethos, on 3rd Av., b/t 33rd & 34th St., serves well-prepared Greek food in a pleasant taverna-style setting.

    1. Since you meniton the East 30s, I might recommend Trio for a relaxing dinner. It's a modestly upscale (and most certainly non-trendy) neighborhood restaurant on 33rd and 3rd (hence the name) with wonderful Croatian dishes (cuisine not far geographically or philisophically from Venice/Northern Italian--seafood, good pasta) and a warm, welcoming staff. But I would go elsewhere if you're looking for a remotely young or hip atmosphere. Oh, and sometimes they have a piano player, so if that seems cheesy to you, steer clear. I thought it was kind of nice.

      re your allergies: it's Mediterranean, so everything's made with olive oil, of course.

      1. La paella is a really good first date place - cozy, romantic, and really good sangria. Mostly traditional tapas, but there are some larger entrees as well. Its on 9th and 3rd.