A right mix of romantic and cool?
Hey all. I am a recent contributor and I am so far thoroughly impressed with everyone's knowledge here. I am looking for a restaurant recommendation to take my wife to for our anniversary. It's not a major thinkg, but I am looking for the right mix or romantic and cool. By romantic I don't mean a guy playing on a piano, but more of a laid-back, semi-quiet, no-rush atmosphere. By cool I mean a predominantly local 20-something crowd, no logoed LV bags paired with UGGs, please. I would like something new. The tried and trues include:
Blue Ribbon/Blue Ribbon Bakery (downstairs)
Budget is $100 per person max, including a glass of wine, tax, and a 15% tip.
Location: Anything below 23rd street is fine by me. Preferably not in the meatsmelling district.
I was thinking The Mercer, but I am not sure.
Great choices on the tried and true. The Mercer is a little bit too self-consciously hip for my tastes, though the food is very good. A few restaurants you might want to look into: August, Agave, Mas, Jane, Salt, Lupa (tho ppl say they've been rushed here, I've never been). There's some great stuff further west, but I'll have to think on it a bit more.
Hey, sorry about that half assed response earlier. I think more details'd be helpful.
The strongest choice of the bunch is probably Salt, a low-key, intimate place with well prepared, cozy food, not unlike Blue Ribbon Bakery. The downside is that some of the tables are too close together and kind of loud-ish during prime time dinner hours. (I bet you can specifically ask for tables that are more private.) Wine list is good, service very friendly.
If you're into French food, Mas is old school French fare with a good wine list, but maybe pricier than the food merits.
The others I'd strike off the list, on second thought. All are good, but not special enough for a really special occasion like an anniversary. Agave and Jane's food probably aren't special enough, though both are very good; August isn't a romantic enough space
The only other place I can think to recommend is Jefferson, if that's still open. I haven't been there in a while. If it is still around, the space is beautifully minimalistic and the food very good.
I leave the east village to the experts.
So many places!
5 Ninth Avenue
Little Owl- if you can get in
just to name a few ! Have fun