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Classiest inexpensive restaurants

boots Feb 11, 2007 02:29 PM

Atmosphere is usually the last thing I care about, but it's that time of year again. Where can I get the chicest atmosphere and the classiest service for my dollar in Brooklyn or Queens? All cuisines okay, and as always, the more obscure the better. Thanks

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    fat ass Feb 11, 2007 02:37 PM

    It's in Manhattan -- on Bleecker and Bowery -- and not Brooklyn or Queens, but Bianca is a great Valentine's bang for the buck spot. Cozy, homey, romantic Italian joint with killer bolognese under ten bucks, great fried chicken livers ro artichoke salad for even less, and a cheap/decent wine list.

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      Bob Martinez Feb 12, 2007 09:00 AM

      I’ve been to Bianca recently. I liked the food very much and the price was certainly right. On the other hand I have never been in a restaurant that crammed so many tables in such a small space. It’s incredibly packed. If you’re looking for very good Italian food served at bargain prices, go. If you’re looking for a romantic atmosphere, go somewhere else.

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        janethepain Feb 12, 2007 11:48 AM

        I agree - I really like the place, but I don't understand why so many people recommend it for dates, etc. The two times I've been, we've been lucky to be seated by a wall, giving us a nice view of all the tiny tables crammed together. And of course, it's really loud. But food and price-wise, it's great.

    2. Brian S Feb 11, 2007 05:46 PM

      Someone in another post mentioned a place I haven't been to in years .Noodle Pudding. (38 Henry Street) If it's swanky headwaiters in dinner jackets that you want, this is not your place. But if you seek a romantic atmosphere, good food, and an attentive friendly owner, you could (unless it's changed) do a lot worse.

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        erikka Feb 13, 2007 08:41 AM

        I really liked Noodle Pudding and had a great meal at a very reasonable price.

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        chasamark Feb 12, 2007 10:26 AM

        I love the Little India on East Sixth Street in Manhattan. Angon is my current fave--excellent food, great prices and wonderful atmosphere. (Angon is reputedly run by people formerly attached to Spicy Mina in Jax. Hts.)

        1. welle Feb 12, 2007 11:39 AM

          I think El Sol fits the bill (Peruvian on Northern Blvd.), also Sapori D'Ischia could meet your criteria esp. if you go on Wednesdays and have thei $25 3-course prix-fix. Definitely recommend El Sol if you're looking for romantic setting - quiet and semi-dark room. Great food!

          1. Astoria Lurker Feb 12, 2007 11:56 AM

            I recently went to Stove in Astoria (http://www.stoveastoria.com/) and was pleasantly surprised. Nothing on the menu is over $20 and the wait staff and atmosphere are excellent. The food isn't very exciting but it was well executed and very satisfying. The wine list is pretty limited but there are a few nice choices, including a fabulous Nero D'Avola for $36.

            The only downside is that it's pretty far from public transit, 3 long blocks from the 46th street R.

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              jillkg Feb 13, 2007 05:42 AM

              Try The Farm on Adderley in Ditmas Park. The cuisine is American, with an emphasis on local ingredients. The atmosphere is kind of Brooklyn upscale - the waiters wear TFoA T-shirts, not shirts and ties. But the food is top-notch and a great bargain. You could easily have a nice meal with drinks for about $100. http://www.thefarmonadderley.com/ (I just checked and tomorrow is a $65 prix fix)

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                sam1 Feb 13, 2007 07:59 AM

                360 in red hook, farm on adderley...or even beast to some extent fit this bill.

                1. EJC Feb 13, 2007 08:17 AM

                  I would probably consider Lucali's a sexy, inexpensive, "under the radar" place to go. The candlelit room is romantic, BYOB allows you to save money, the pizza is phenomenal, and unless the significant other reads chowhound - an unmarked, BYOB restaurant in the heart of Carrol Gardens is very obscure.

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                    vatl619 Feb 13, 2007 03:23 PM

                    Fragole in Carroll Gardens (Ct. Street) perfect classic Italian, good service, romantic lighting, excellent wine lists.
                    In Manhattan - Perbacco! On E.4th - also Italian but more inventive and completely charming.

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