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Sexy atmosphere w/outdoor seating and killer wine list

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catewats Jul 21, 2007 03:28 PM

Meeting up with an old friend/ex-boyfriend after six years and want a place with style and atmosphere that serves decent food and great wine. I don't want it to be too romantic... I am aiming for flirty/cheeky, so higher noise and energy levels are okay. If I can't find one place that offers all that, I'm happy to do drinks and wine in one place, to be followed by dinner somewhere else. Any neighborhood works, but I want to keep it in Manhattan. He works in the restaurant industry, and we may soon become colleagues. I am new to the city and have been given the task of choosing meeting place and would love to pleasantly surprise him with my choice. Help me all you fantastic chowhounds! A few places I've been tossing around so far...

Nero (drinks, maybe food)
Barolo (for the patio and vino)
Cafe Habana
Lovely Day (casual and tasty)
Bar Pitti
5 Ninth
Kittichai
Stanton Social (cocktails)
Death & Co. (after dinner)

Random, but haven't had much time to research my task. Thanks for any and all suggestions...I can't wait!

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  1. LeahBaila RE: catewats Jul 21, 2007 06:29 PM

    What about A Voce?
    www.avocerestaurant.com

    1. DarthEater RE: catewats Jul 21, 2007 07:03 PM

      I like cafe habana and lovely day but theres nothing sexy about the atmosphere. I think you should save those for a casual night.

      Add Pegu Club and Angel share to the drink list.

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        idia RE: DarthEater Jul 21, 2007 07:26 PM

        Vice Versa

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          DarthEater RE: idia Jul 21, 2007 07:30 PM

          You lost me..?

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            ricky7 RE: DarthEater Jul 21, 2007 08:15 PM

            thats easy. i trulli. great outdoor garden and massive wine list with excellent food.

      2. BaconBits RE: catewats Jul 21, 2007 08:46 PM

        Otto. Fun, stylish, loud - decent fun food (meat plates, cheese plates, various other noshes), extensive wine selection.

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          BaconBits RE: BaconBits Jul 22, 2007 03:11 PM

          OK - so I re-read the title of the post. You want outdoor seating. Go for Malatesta. Great location - you get a breeze off the water - outdoor seating - REAL tasty noshes! Enjoy!

        2. thievery RE: catewats Jul 22, 2007 03:15 PM

          not outdoors (though much of the list so far is not) but public is sexy, has a large wine list, bustling enough to be flirty but not romantic and the has essentially an open wall with couple with an airy space may be close to an outdoors vibe.

          wined up (also indoors -- skylight / airy) has a great winelist and a decent variety of food / small plates.

          la bottega at the maritime hotel has a very large outdoor space... casual but tasty fare... actually not too sure on wine list, but as far as sexy outdoor spaces go, it fits the bill.

          1. Jel212 RE: catewats Jul 23, 2007 10:21 AM

            I dig Stanton Social, and fun atmosphere. Sharing of plates, too. Not outdoors, though.

            1. Vinoguy RE: catewats Jul 23, 2007 06:07 PM

              Know exactly what you're going for -- tough combining all three but I think a great choice would be Barbuto on Washington St. Went there for a first date a few months back and scored big points on venue.

              They have tables outside (and even when inside, the garage style windows are open to the street for fresh air, people watching etc).

              Really eclectic, interesting Italian wine list with good range of BTG.

              And food is solid -- great apps/pizzas/cheeses/pastas/secondi etc.

              Overall decent value and if things go well, you can go for more upscale drinks at The Room or downscale margaritas at Tortilla Flats.

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                catewats RE: Vinoguy Jul 23, 2007 06:44 PM

                Great suggestions! All of you! I love i Trulli and it had totally escaped my attention...Otto, Malatesta, both awesome. I think Public and Barbuto are the frontrunners so far, and I love The Room for drinks.. I head there with friends a lot and I think my date would dig it. You all nailed places that I asked for and that would be perfect. Which is why I continue to adore this website....

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