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May 23, 2007 01:18 PM

Nice dinner for two under $150

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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  1. 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

      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

        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.

        1. re: jen kalb

          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

        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

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

      3. 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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          1. applewood would be just perfect.

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            1. re: sam1

              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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                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.

                1. re: Lizard

                  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.

            2. 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!