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francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 10:57 AM

I have a date tomorrow night at Lincoln Center. Can anyone recommend a good post concert date spot to get a "casual but romantic" bite in the area?

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  1. JungMann RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 11:05 AM

    Cafe Luxembourg. Cafe Mozart. Cafe Ronda on Columbus. There's another wine bar two blocks up that's good. I've even seen them strew the floors with rose petals.

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      jsmitty RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 11:08 AM

      bin 71 great wine bar. excellent fresh italian small foods. 71/columbus

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        cimui RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 11:20 AM

        Bin 71 is fantastic, but very crowded and very hard to find a seat to eat. Also, portions are tapas sized and pretty expensive for what you're getting. If you don't want to lean up against a bar to eat (and only if you're lucky), here are a few possibilities: Pasha (at one point excellent Turkish, now good most of the time; order lots of appetizers); Vince and Eddie's (a little bit old school and it may not be as casual as you're looking for, but they do have some good classic EU/US dishes); Rosa Mexicana (not where you want to go for really authentic Mexican and their "special pomegranate margaritas" really suck, but that aside, it is tasty, if that makes any sense ;). A lot of people like Fiorello's. I don't, personally, but many would recommend it.

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          JoLi RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 12:17 PM

          I'd say Shalel for sure. romantic little secluded bar in the basement of a greek restaurant. Lots of candles, middles eastern decor and great bites.

          I also like Bin 71, but it's crowded.

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            RGR RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 01:28 PM

            Compass stays open until 11 p.m. mid-week, so if the concert is over early enough, it would be my pick. Excellent food and stylish contemporary decor. For that touch of romance you're seeking, I suggest you request one of their comfy, cozy booths. They also have a lounge area which might work, but I've never eaten there. Note: The loung menu is more casual.

            http://www.compassrestaurant.com

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              shechow RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 05:07 PM

              the antipasti bar at fiorello's, directly across from lincoln center. it's perfect for a date. you can order a small or large platter of hot or cold antipastis..... they are all amazing and some more exotic than others. it's the perfect delicious bite. their enormous flatbread pizzas are also delish. i would definately consider it as an expensive dinner experience but if you just want a snack, this is the place. it is always lively and the antipasti bouquet and people watching offers a million conversation starters.

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                jsmitty RE: shechow Mar 13, 2007 06:34 PM

                how would you stack there pizzas up against other pizza greats in the city. i always see people digging into pies as i walk by....

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                  harrison RE: jsmitty Mar 13, 2007 06:47 PM

                  While the pizza is better than most of the food there, it's by no way memorable pizza

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                    jsmitty RE: harrison Mar 13, 2007 06:49 PM

                    thanks!

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                shechow RE: francescaNYC Mar 13, 2007 06:51 PM

                They are totally delicious. the basic margaretta (sp) is a whoppin' $18 and despite it's table-sized area, the overall volume satisfies one appetite (IMO). i have never regretted it. sooo good. i love sharing the pizza and an antipasti platter. That is plenty of food for two.

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