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first date, anyone?

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i know this is a classic
but what's a good place for a first date?
price: mid-range
not picky eaters!!

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  1. depends on yr level of interest in the person. you want nice but not overtly romantic...i like cafe cluny in the west village. the food is decent, nice space, comfortable but hip to some extent. and you can walk around the west village afterwards.

    1. Please let us know where, how much (mid range means different things to different people)
      How romantic....

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      1. re: princeofpork

        midrange, id say roughly between 35-60 pp
        not cheesy romantic... relaxed atmosphere, classy, not too noisy (so you dont have to yell)

        1. re: stellamaris87

          Some of my favs: Little Owl, Apizz, Crispo, August

          1. re: Lucia

            some places that come to mind as great food and cozy..
            aoc bedford
            po
            sfoglia
            snack taverna

      2. preferably west side, up or downtown
        yeah, around $100 works
        no cuisines to avoid, i love it all
        romantic... hm.. around a 7 from 1 to 10

        any moooore questionss?

        ive been wanting to go to tabla (the bread bar, not dining room).. good choice?

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        1. re: stellamaris87

          We've been to the Bread Bar though only on the pleasant outdoor patio, which has a view of Madison Sq. Park. Food's tasty. If you can dine al fresco there, I think it would be a good choice for a first date. I have no idea what it's like inside.

        2. Grotto in LES. You can get gelato afterwards a few blocks away

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          1. re: ardnaxela

            Second on Little Owl. Really like Boqueria for tapas (though can be loud when restaurant is crowded). For LES, try Little Giant. All three choices will do everything but guarantee date #2...

            1. re: Vinoguy

              Second Little Giant, really adorable, though you might have to wait past your reservation time, which can be fine if you want to cozy up by the little bar.

          2. I'd say spend some time with them for cocktails beforehand - I'd recommend Angel's Share, a bar which is romantic and intimate. I truly don't believe in spending too much time or money unless you're sure there's definitely chemistry.

            If there is decidedly enough chemistry to move forward, then go to Tableau, Perbacco, Kasadela, or the Tasting Room (they're all in the E Vill.) All are fairly intimate and cute without being too expensive.

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            1. re: kayonyc

              IMHO - the little owl may be TOO romantic/"datey". What about Giorgioni?

            2. i think alta would be a great first date spot. really cool space and interesting, creative small plates to share. oh, another spot - also in the west village...bellavitae has a chef's counter where you can sit and eat great, fresh italian food and also watch a chef make some of the appetizers.

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              1. re: billyeats

                Second Alta.