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I need a good restaurant in Raleigh for an engagement gift certificate for a couple who are both 26 years old and moving to Raleigh in a week. Thank you.

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  1. Enoteca Vin. You can google it or do a search on this board. Not only is it one of the best - and still hippest - it is also in the "trendy" Glenwood South area where most of the bars are.

    1. Fraziers, J. Betski's or Proters would also work. Porters and J. Beski's are less expensive then Vin so depending on how much you were planning on spending the gift certificate may go a little farther though Vin is a good restaurant.

      1. 42nd St. Oyster Bar
        http://www.42ndstoysterbar.com/

        Hip, fun place for a younger couple. Great food & atmosphere.

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        1. re: hcwwur

          I found the menu to be very limited and the prices much too high at 42nd Street Oyster Bar. And, I am one part of of a younger couple. I would suggest Zely and Ritz if you are looking in the Glenwood South area.

          1. re: hcwwur

            Wow. I'm shocked by the responses. We had a great meal there about two months ago. I'm excited about trying some others mentioned here, though.

          2. Agree with the J. Betski's and Vin recs; would also add Duck and Dumpling and Fins.

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            1. re: HeelsSoxHound

              What type food do they prefer?

              My suggestions would include J Betski's, Porter's, and Frazier's. I also enjoy 518 West but know that is likely not a popular selection on chowhound. An older place with very good food and service that everyone seems to have forgotten about is Simpson's.

              42nd Street is average at best. Yes, politicos eat there but only out of nostalgia.

              1. re: jsb23nc

                Yes, and the last time I ate at 42nd Street out of nostalgia I swore I wouldn't return.

            2. Gotta second Simpson's.... also Vin. Fin's has re-opened and is still very good as well.

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              1. re: goodeatsinadive

                Have to agree about most recs, but have to disagree strongly on Simpson's and 42nd Street.. Both are big, overcrowded, and are just average at best. I would think Vins, or Fraziers would be more romantic for a newly engaged couple

                1. re: chazzer

                  Where is Simpson's? I haven't ever heard of it.

                  1. re: jean9

                    Sorry, my mind was thinking sullivan's while I was reading and typing simpson's please I take back my comment on them but not on 42nd street.

                    1. re: chazzer

                      Simpson's is in a strip mall on Creedmoor Rd about 1 mile north of Crabtree Valley.

                      http://www.simpsonsrestaurant.com/

                      1. re: jsb23nc

                        thanks a bunch... i have probably driven past it a hundred times