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Romantic birthday dinner with good service

I’m looking to take my girl out for a nice dinner at a joint with some nice/interesting atmosphere… ideally romantic, but any fancy/unique atmosphere would work. Good service is important here, as she is in the hospitality industry and would really appreciate good service. I would like to stay away from some of the standards (Italian, French, Greek, etc…) unless they are unique. Ethnic / new food is good. Price shouldn’t be anything crazy 30-45’ish per head before drinks. I’m pretty open to any location in Manhattan. This will be in late June.
Let me know what ideas you folks have… also would appreciate why you think your place is ideal for me.
Thanks in advance!
-goose

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  1. the river cafe. it is a little bit on the pricey side but the atmosphere is great and so is the food.

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    1. re: adrouault

      Agree, see another recent thread on romantic ideas re: B-Day dinner for bf (lots on River Cafe, etc.). River Cafe prix fixe is around $75 pp, without wine, tip, tax.

    2. A bit over your limit, but this place is fabulous.

      Gramercy Tavern - we went there for our 2 year anniversary and made a note in the open table reservation. They greeted us with a corner booth table and a glass of cava to start the evening. Service was impeccable and the food was as well. They thanked us numerous times for celebrating with them.

      I do love Sapa and Tamarind. Other standard options are Le Gigot (we went here for our first anniv), Butter and Crispo.

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      1. re: FIFO22

        gramercy and butter looks really nice. but yeh, kinda above where i'd like to be. i will concider them. i couldnt find prices for sapa

      2. I don't know how applicable this is...but I went to a restaurant in Brooklyn called Sea Thai Bistro. Typical Thai food/Pacific rim fusion. But the decor and ambience was pretty fantastic. One of the most unqiue thai restaurants I've ever been to. There's suppose to be another one in the East Village, but I've never been there so I can't vouch for the atmosphere.

        Oh! and there's always tapas at Tia Pol or Pipa

          1. Acquagrill - delicious food, impeccable service, nice room (or sit outside on their terrace)