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Romantic & Cool restaurant for a Friday night date?

Help me Chowhound!

I have a date with a girl I've gone out with a few times -- she's coming to NY for the weekend (we're both students spending the summer in different cities) and I'm taking her to dinner on a Friday night.

I'm hoping to find somewhere romantic (i.e., tables not too packed together, not too noisy so you can have an actual conversation, nice wine list) but at the same time nothing too stuffy or formal. I'm not looking for Bouley/Le Bernardin type places -- more like the kind of place that feels like you've just discovered a hidden find.

Budget is not an issue -- perhaps $200 for 2? I'm flexible. Downtown location preferred, but am open to anywhere in Manhattan.

Thanks!

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  1. The Place (that's the name) on West 4th is a great romantic spot for a date

    www.lookatlife.com

    1. Blue Hill for expensive-y right by Wash. Sq. Park. Sapore or A.O.C. for a beautiful summer sunset and a little less heavy on the wallet.

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      1. re: Nick F.

        Go to Apizz on the LES. Dark, quite, romantic, excellent food. Seems like a hidden gem when you walk down the block. Fun hood for drinks before and after.

        1. re: Nick F.

          Blue Hill definitely does not fit the o.p.'s desire for "tables not packed together." Seating along the banquettes, which is where tables for two are located, is exceedingly close. Nothing romantic about your neighbors being privy to your conversation.

            1. I second the recommendations for Apizz and August. Also, Little Owl, Crispo, Snack Taverna, The Orchard. I wouldn't recommend The Place--food is mediocre, and I find the room cheesy.