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BigTyme Jul 30, 2007 07:22 AM

I’m in search of a nice romantic restaurant to celebrate a one year anniversary. I’d like to avoid prices such as Per Se, but I’m totally willing to spend at least 100 a person (even more depending on the place).

I think Italian is a great menu choice, but I’d be open to almost anything.

So far I’ve been thinking:

Lupa
August
Spigolo

What else?

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    UES Mayor Aug 2, 2007 05:56 AM

    Spigolo is by far my favorite restaurant-However I would not consider it romantic-I eat there extremely often-more tham 4 times a week and the reason you go there is for the food. Its a smaller restaurant amd if I was looking for romantic I would not want to be in a tiny initimate place but rather somewhere your sweet nothings can't be overheard at next table.

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      seanp Aug 1, 2007 12:25 PM

      one if By Land hands down. But the food's ordinary... if you're lucky

      1. oolah Jul 30, 2007 10:59 AM

        You'll get better recommendations if you specify what "romantic" means to you. Are you looking for candelight and lace? a skyline view? a homey farmhouse feel? a piano player?

        If you're going for sleek but intimate, the house near gramercy park might fit the bill.
        http://thehousenyc.com/

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          cavafan Jul 30, 2007 10:31 AM

          Al di la on Fifth Ave in Park Slope. Beautiful Italian food, lovely little room, great service. No reservations, but you can wait at their wine bar around the corner.

          If you're not married to the Italian idea, Gramercy Tavern. Or Dressler, in Williamsburg.

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            eatnyc Jul 30, 2007 10:52 AM

            I would say Annisa is very romantic

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              Elyssa Aug 1, 2007 01:15 PM

              I 2nd Annisa. The food is excellent (soup dumplings and foie gras are incredible). Unfortunatly I went with my Mom and future sister-in-law so the romance was missing. But I was thinking of returning with my bf the next time we are in town.

              The tables are well spaced out. It's small, intimate, with light lighting and a minimalistic feel that is very laid back yet still elegant.

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            pneubecker Jul 30, 2007 10:16 AM

            One if by Land, Two if by Sea is probably one of the most romantic restaurants in the entire city.

            Should easily be able to keep it to 100 a head and the food is fabulous, try and see if you can get in the garden room for the spectacular view rather than the constitution room.

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              harrison Jul 30, 2007 10:21 AM

              really? i probably won't be alone in declaring the food several notches below mediocre.

              maybe go there for a drink, then head down the block to Annisa.

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                italiana3 Jul 30, 2007 10:21 AM

                Just celebrated my one year anniversary last night. I married a Californian, and he never ate "pizza by the slice" in southern Ca. I took him all over Brooklyn for the best slices . Then we went to the river cafe in Brooklyn. We were actually too stuffed for a big meal, so we stayed in the terrace room and we were able to have great dishes, cocktails and dessert. I am a native New Yorker, and I was amazed at that view. Magical!!

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                  steve h. Jul 30, 2007 08:35 PM

                  excellent suggestion. i'll second the river cafe. take the water taxi back to manhattan.

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                Lucia Jul 30, 2007 07:46 AM

                To me, Lupa isn't romantic. It's too cramped and frenetic. I agree that August is romantic. Haven't been to Spigolo. Other romantic choices: Crispo, Little Owl, Apizz, The Orchard

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                  bronwen Jul 30, 2007 07:30 AM

                  Il Buco. I also think Picholine is rather romantic.

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