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I'm introducing my boyfriend to my best friend!

RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 06:01 PM

(and her husband) We'll be in town from NYC and staying in Union Square but happy to travel a little. Any suggestions for a quiet (but not deadly quiet!), casual yet comfortable, trendy but not over-the-top, moderately-priced ($15-$25 entrees)? Most cuisines except Japanese (it's Chinese New Year that night so will be hard to get a reservation in certain restaurants - already tried Slanted Door). Somewhere memorable with a nice ambiance and where we won't feel rushed or uncomfortable. Thanks! - from a NYC chowhound!

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 06:04 PM


    1. Lori SF RE: RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 06:05 PM

      Cortez might be a good spot. Tapas, quite enough to have a conversation, warm interior, relaxing.

      1. Gary Soup RE: RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 06:32 PM

        Are you saying you want to avoid Japanese cusine on account of Chinese New Year? Japanese do not celebrate New Year on that date. Also, it's CNY eve you want to avoid (Feb. 17 this year), not CNY itself. CNY eve will be on a Saturday night, so reservations may be difficult in any event.

        By and large, only Asian restaurants will be affected by the holiday, since NYE dinner is all about symbolic foods.

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          RobinBaby RE: RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 07:02 PM

          my boyfriend doesn't like Japanese... so was just looking for other suggestions....

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            Doodleboomer RE: RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 10:17 PM

            I'd take them to Da Flora. Intimate, wonderful environment, great food, service can be a bit abrupt, but that's just because Flora is one hell of a woman. I think it would be an easy and delish choice

            1. alpine chef RE: RobinBaby Jan 22, 2007 11:06 PM

              though not "trendy," i'm a fan of clementine

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                zin1953 RE: RobinBaby Jan 23, 2007 09:40 AM


                (You may want to look at http://dat.erobertparker.com/bboard/s... for just one of the many threads on Chapeau!, and the people's reactions to the restaurant and its food.)

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