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Dinner Rec's please - Very Specific

Hi all,

my bf is coming into town on friday (haven't seen him for 2 weeks - long distance sucks!) and we want to "splurge" a bit (for us) and go out to a nice dinner. Any recommendations for a good restaurant for Friday night in the East Village or Lower East Side that will take reservations for 10:30pm and will come to about $100 for the two of us, including drinks and a tip? It doesn't necessarily have to be romantic, but good food is definitely a requirement! He suggested upscale mexican (Mercadito?) or (thinking out loud) what kind of a chance would I have of getting into Supper on Friday night at this time, as I know they don't take reservations?

Any and all rec's are greatly appreciated!

Thanks everyone!

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  1. Hi there! Sounds fun...I would check out: Pylos (very romantic, Greek restaurant), Lavagna (intimate Italian that is WAY BETTER than Supper, IMO), Barrio Chino (unique upscale Mexican with fantastic food and margaritas).

    1. IL Bagatto on 2nd Street sounds like a perfect match. Food is great.
      Also, like Lavagna

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      1. re: Bernke

        Also...just saw "Max" featured on a TV show...it looked really authentic and yummy (Italian food).

        1. re: Bernke

          How funny, Bernke! Il Bagatto is where we want for the last (and only) other 'fancy' meal when it was just the two of us in NY. Lavagna is great too - good idea. Thanks everyone! these are great!

        2. Pylos, Tides, Azul Bistro, Apizz

          1. Mermaid's Inn. If he likes seafood

            1. I would def do Max. The food is really good and it's cheaper than most of the suggestions already made. BUT the setting is still really nice. Rustic italian setting and if it's nice out, garden in the back.

              I love Apizz though -- that is my first choice for sure. Their gnocchi is to die for. So is the lasagna.
              Should also try Freeman's.

              1. What about Clinton Street Baking Company? Their entres are in the $11 to $22 range so you could get a great meal for two for $100...depending on what you did for drinks/wine.
                All the other places mentioned here are great but Clinton Street is, IMO, slightly better. There is an attention to the quality of the ingredients that many places simply overlook and the portions are very generous. With that in mind, it actually is a very affordable resto.

                  1. Assenzio on East Fourth.