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Valentine's Dinner w/o the BS?

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Going to be in your fine city for Valentine's Day with the husband. We are not fans of this ultimate amateur night, but would like to go out for a nice, non-prix-fixe dinner. Any suggestions for lower Manhattan establishments that treat this night as a regular night? No complimentary champagne is needed, no cigars or candy are necessary, and we'd prefer if there is no humping going on at neighboring tables.

We were dismayed to hear that Lavagna is prix fixe that night. Would've thought that was a good choice, but apparently they've succumbed to the VD.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I had a wonderful Valentines Day dinner last year at Da Andrea. It is a cozy, non-pretentious little place on Hudson Street in the West Village. They did not have a "special" menu last year.

    1. Try Novita. Very romantic and fantastic wine list.

      1. The Valentine's prix fixe must be a reliable sucker move for restaurants. I was surprised that Tanti Baci in the Village is doing it too--they're normally pretty low-key.

        1. I'm sure wine bars like Inoteca on Ludlow and Il Posto Accanto on 2nd street would be doing their regular thing on Valentine's Day. They're casual, but fun and have great food.

          --Sarah
          http://www.avenuefood.com

          1. thanks for the ideas...please keep them coming!

            1. The best way to celebrate Valentine's Day would be to have dinner on a different night! Go for the 21st...the new 14th

              1. I generally agree, but we'll be visiting from LA and need to get dinner somewhere. We usually get dive-y Mexican food & margaritas on VD at home. Got any suggestions along those lines? Good, cheap Cuban? Maybe we will just go to Rice or somewhere real basic like that.

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                1. re: scurvy

                  For good, cheap Dominican, try Cafe Con Leche. It's casual, but festive, and the drinks are good.

                2. Not sure what they're doing for V-day, but in my experience Hells Kitchen has had their regular menu on holidays and take reservations. I'm going for a record number of mentions of this place, yes it's in my neighborhood, but it's also that good, especially if you're into mexican flavors.
                  www.hellskitchen-nyc.com