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Aug 5, 2007 11:02 PM

The most intimate fine dining restaurant in Manhattan?

Any thoughts? What is the least noisy and most intimate fine dining restaurant in Manhattan?

I find that NYC places tend to be either very elegant and formal (lacking in intimacy), or energetic and noisy.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. One if by Land, Two if by Sea is an old standby for what you're looking for.

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    1. re: outside25

      Oh yeah!! Great call!
      Any other recommendations?

      1. re: Singar

        Degustation is pretty intimate since there's only 16 seats, all bar seating and the chef cooks in front of you, plus great food.

        1. re: lanadai

          Agree re: Degustation. When I first read a post here that it was open kitchen/bar seating AND intimate I didn't believe it. Then I went. It was dark, cozy, quiet and surprisingly romantic. Service is excellent too. And you already mentioned the food . . .

      2. re: outside25

        One if By a little shabby these days and the food is pretty bad.

      3. I heard Raoul's and Bouley are pretty amazing

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        1. re: Jel212

          I discovered by accident a charming little Italian restaurant 1 block from the Metropolitan Museum which is kind of like the ones you might see in MGM movies, called Giovanni's Venti Cinque.
          It is a small walk-down with delicious (albeit expensive) fare.

          1. re: idia

            I totally agree that it's a gem (although I wouldn't suggest it for Singar's fine dining evening.) However, I, too, discovered if by accident after an afternoon at the Met, and I am so gald that I did.

        2. Bouley can be very intimate, make sure to be in the back room and I think the food is phenomenal.

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          1. re: maxine

            Erminia, Upper East side, only a few tables...

            1. re: FNY

              agree with Erminia - delicious, great service, nice vibe and yummy food

          2. There is always Perse. Yes it's formal but at the same time intimate. Probably more space between tables then any restaurant in NYC.

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            1. re: stevel

              I would agree with Per Se. Not stuffy formal and with plenty of space between tables.

            2. Most tables at Ouest are well spaced--and the atm is classy, but casual.

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              1. re: cimui

                Il Buco, Bouley, Piccholine, Firebird

                1. re: bronwen

                  skip il buco ... beautiful space, but the meal i had there last week was mostly so-so, certainly overpriced, and the service was absolutely appalling ...