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Nice dinner for two under $150

phreerose May 23, 2007 01:18 PM

My 1st anniversay is fast approching and my husband and I are trying to figure out where to go for a nice dinner. But here's the challenge we are a little broke so some place under $150 with drinks is a must. Also cusine is an issue hubby is a super picky meat and potaotes kinda guy and last but not least location either Brooklyn or Manhattan. Thanks everyone can't wait to hear your suggestions.

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    bebevonbernstein May 23, 2007 02:08 PM

    Can I just say that this is SO what's wrong with NYC -- since when is a dinner for two at $150 "a little broke"? I'm not criticizing, I'm just laughing at all of us . . .

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    1. re: bebevonbernstein
      Claire May 23, 2007 02:14 PM

      If entrees are in the high twenties or thirties, prices that are not uncommon in Manhattan, a dinner for two with a bottle of wine or even a couple of glasses of wine can easily top $150. And yes, it's ludicrious.

      Here's three ideas in Brooklyn:
      -Chez Lola in Fort Greene. Entrees are around 10-$20. There's a very good steak on the menu and I love the look of this place. Outdoor dining, too.

      -Five Front in Dumbo. Entrees maybe a touch higher. Casual yet elegant dining room. Good food. Nice outdoor space.

      Flatbush Farm. Entrees around $14-20. Rustic, country style fare. Great for meat eaters.


      1. re: Claire
        jen kalb May 23, 2007 02:41 PM

        how is Flatbush Farm now? Ive heard no reports since their chef left 2-3 months ago. Do they still have the nice garden from the Bistro days?

        Osteria Convivium has a good steak, good fish and allround good rustic fare and an arguably romantic atmosphere (candles in wall sconces as well as a garden) as well.

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          Claire May 23, 2007 04:41 PM

          I was there right after the original chef left. I enjoyed the food. It was still cold when I was there, so not sure about the garen. I love the steak at Convivium too, but I think the prices are too high for the poster.

      2. re: bebevonbernstein
        shindiganna May 23, 2007 04:16 PM

        i hear you!

        I'm a big fan of Marco Polo on Court & Union... meat and potatoes will be no problem. It has a romantic atmosphere, great food and I promise that you will feel pampered and special. Happy Anniversary!


        1. re: shindiganna
          EJC May 25, 2007 06:44 AM

          Whoa! Is this the first ever recc for Marco Polo?

      3. oolah May 23, 2007 02:48 PM

        How about 360? The food is very good and if you do the $25 prix fixe, you'll get out of there for around $100, even if you order a nice bottle of wine.

        The food is pretty standard French and there's always some kind of meat item on the menu, so he should be ok.

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          sam1 May 24, 2007 08:54 AM

          applewood would be just perfect.

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          1. re: sam1
            mmm...food May 24, 2007 11:50 AM

            I am a big fan of Tempo in Park Slope. It's romantic and would fit in your budget. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the food is excellent. They also have a great selection of wines, many of which are affordable.

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              Lizard May 25, 2007 03:11 AM

              I second Tempo. And I also wonder if Garden Cafe in Prospect Heights (on Vanderbilt) would be fitting. It's such a lovely, quiet and intimate setting.

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                gpcohen May 25, 2007 03:51 PM

                My wife and I have really enjoyed the three (of 22) anniversary dinners we have had at Garden Cafe. I hear Tempo, also great, also has a new $25 prix fixe menu.

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            Pan May 25, 2007 12:07 AM

            I would recommend Al di La', except that they don't take reservations and you probably won't want to have an anniversary dinner in their enoteca (wine bar). Wonderful food and wine is available there, however. Happy anniversary!

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              Nehna May 25, 2007 09:48 AM

              Chestnut and Saul both have wonderful Prix Fixe options (Chestnut's is extensive, mid week...choose from the whole menu) that would leave you ample room for a nice bottle of wine or champagne to toast the occasion.

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                mpls brat May 27, 2007 07:25 AM

                I'm not sure if these are still in effect, but a lot of the restaurant week prix fixe menus were extended through the spring- We went to tribeca grill for two people and a bottle of wine off their wine manager's list for les than $150.

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