First 1st date in a LONG time
Yes, Im back out there and I'm out of the loop. Looking for a great place in the West Village and I'm torn between doing something like Morimoto or Craftsteak, or a more intimate restaurant like August, Place, Cafe Cluny. Im not looking for something super romantic, just fun and no coming across like I am trying to hard. Also, dont want to come off too flashy. Maybe Blue Hill or is there some new and exciting jewel out there. Thinking of trying a wine bar like Alta for tapas as well then maybe Par Pitti. What do you think.
I would avoid Bar Pitti. Altho the food is good, they don't take reservations, the service isn't always so pleasant and the tables can be cramped. Alta is always good.
Morimoto and Craftsteak--I can't think of any places that would scream "trying too hard" worse than those. Haha.
I've always had good experiences at Blue Ribbon Bakery. It's a few orders of magnatude lower than 'moto or CS on the flash scale, and the food is great and the atmosphere would be perfect for a first date.
Try Las Ramblas on West 4th. It's a tapas bar that is very small and has a very authentic feel. It's a good place to get to know the person you are with. They make great sangria and the food and wine is well-priced.
The Place is good for a first date, romantic enough without trying too hard (the last time I went, we were seated next to a first date where the guy was clearly trying too hard, which made for amusing eavesdropping but was not the fault of the restaurant). And if it's warm, you can sit near the side walk for people watching, which might be helpful if conversation is slow. The food is good (not excellent) and the restaurant is charming.
Crispo on West 14th would be a nice first date spot. It is pretty and comfortible, without being too intimate. You could sit in the inside/outside back, and the food is great northern italian.