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
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.
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.