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Help with dinner in the West Village

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I'm a Boston-hound looking to take my SO to dinner and wanted to try someplace new in the W. Village. We're open to all cuisines, but would prefer either Italian or New American (whatever your definition of that may be!). Price range would be in the high-20's to low-30's for entrees, with a fun but fairly intimate vibe. Any help is much appreciated!

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      seconded. same for little owl which is simply excellent but difficult to get into. Centro Vinoteca also opened up over here and seems to fit your description well, but haven't gotten a chance to try yet, so check the boards first.

    2. Little Owl or share a bunch of stuff at Alta!

      1. Malatesta on Christopher St. is divine. Very reasonably-priced. I am dreaming about it now. The only downside is that it is cash only.

        1. Harold Dieterle of Top Chef's Perilla on Jones street. I love it.

          1. Look no farther.
            Crispo for good Italian.

            Here ya go.


            1. Crispo, Po, August, Little Owl, Snack Taverna (Greek)

              1. Crispo is very good, and fun, but definitely not intimate. Po and August are somewhat better choices for what you are seeking, in my opinion. I recommend you go over to Cornelia St. and compare Po with Palma- a true W. Village Italian restaurant with good food and an intimate vibe. Both restaurants have excellent food and fit the "cosy" bill, but Palma has a cute garden in back, and more of a rustic feel, if that is what you are looking for. The chef is from Italy- try the artichokes and whatever meat ragu is on the menu that night. (You will need a reservation at Po if it's a weekend). Have fun!

                1. FANTASTIC recs! Will have lots of research to do...keep 'em coming!