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Sep 4, 2007 11:43 AM

Double date in Midtown or Chelsea?

Going on a double-date this Thurs. The other couple is pretty picky about restaurants.

Here are the restrictions:

*Located in Midtown- preferably not too far from Penn Station (but will travel a bit)
*Nothing spicy (ie. no Indian or Thai)
*One is a vegetarian
*Not too expensive
*Not too loud, so we can talk

Any recs?

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  1. We are really fond of Artisanal. My girlfriend is a vegetarian (I am not) and she is always happy with the menu. It can get noisy if crowded.

    Also, but it may be out of your range (not money, distance) look at the Red Cat. That would be perfect for you.

    1. This may seem like an odd recommendation since one person is a vegetarian, but the pub room at Keen's Chop House might work out well. The pub room is a small room situated between the main dining room and the bar area (but it's separated from the bar area so it's not loud). They offer a more casual pub menu, as well as the full dining room menu. And for the vegetarian, they have excellent salads and vegetable sides, even if no specific vegetarian-friendly entrees. It's also one of the only decent places near Penn Station. You can make a reservation on, and in the "comments" section specify that you want to be seated in the pub room. They always have acommodated me (although sometimes I need to point out the request to them when I arrive).

      1. Thanks for your replies. The other guy vetoed Aritsanal because he thinks it's too expensive. I've been wanting to go to Red Cat for ages, but I think I'm saving that for when my boyfriend & I are alone. ;-) I've never heard of Keen's. Hmmmmm.
        We expanded our range to restaurants between 14th & 50th Streets. That makes it easier!

        4 Replies
        1. re: Little Cupcake

          Do a search of Keens on this board; it's very well regarded.

          Here is the dinner menu:

          And the pub menu:

          Note the lack of entrees for the vegetarian, but salads and lots of veggie options on the dinner menu.

          1. re: Little Cupcake

            except for the noise level, cookshop works perfectly here in my opinion. great drinks, west side, friendly, great food, some vege choices.

            it can be loud at times but you should be able to hear each other with no problem.

            1. re: sam1

              I second the Cookshop suggestion. It has the ambience that I found to be perfect for double date (initimate enough for close friends and dates but not overly romantic). You can start off with sharing some appetizers and move on to entrees for individuals. Good selection of wines for sure.

            2. re: Little Cupcake

              Keens is terrific. It's been in its 36th St. location since 1885. So, in addition to excellent food, there's unmatchable old NY ambiance. However, if the other guy vetoed Artisanal for being too expensive, I doubt he'll go for Keens.

              Since you've extended the geographical range upwards to 50th St., I recommend Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. The homestyle Italian food served there is delicious, and the vegetarian should have no difficulty finding suitable dishes on the menu. Service is friendly and efficient. The decor is very attractive, tables are nicely-spaced, and seating is comfortable. Prices are moderate. It's best to reserve after 8 p.m., when the pre-theater crowd has gone, at which point the overall ambiance will be more relaxed and quieter.


            3. I second the Red Cat recommendation