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2nd Date: W. Vill for $75

Told you I'd be back. Five Points was a great suggestion for the first date but now on to something new. Looking for some place in the West Village vicinity where we can get a beer/glass of wine, an appetizer, and 2 entrees for ~$75. Still looking to keep it somewhat casual, something like Bar Pitti in atmosphere/pricing (though not necessarily Italian) but a bit more unique. Any suggestions? We're both good eaters but preferably no Indian or Chinese. Thanks!

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  1. How about Palma, a rustic Mediterranean/Southern Italian on Cornelia St.? Or possibly Salt (modern-but-casual American) on Macdougal St.? Both cute places that are intimate but not too romantic for a 2nd date, and within your price range. If you do choose Salt, make sure to call ahead and request a table that is not part of the communal space in the middle of the dining room (unless you want to be seated at the commubnal table, of course).

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    1. re: vvvindaloo

      I've never liked the food or atmosphere at Palma, but agree with the suggestion of Salt (if you can get a good table).

      1. re: vvvindaloo

        Salt's not a bad recommendation...what about August? Or maybe August is better as a third date (the morning after for brunch)?

      2. Cuba could be fun. I think it's on Thompson (or Sullivan?) I had apps & drinks there and really liked it. Mojitos are more fun ;-)

        1. I'd suggest Employees Only. OK, you couldn't get drinks+1app+2entrees for $75, but you could drink and do some serious nibbling. It's a really good 2nd date place.

          At Fatty Crab you could absolutely get good beers+apps/entrees for $75.

          1. Weather permitting, I'd head over to the back patio at La Lanterna Caffe. They've got a great wine list and tasty appetizers. The atmosphere is charming and romantic.



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            1. re: LeahBaila

              Employees Only and Salt look nice, but a bit expensive (at least thinking in my head what I would order, I'd expect to go over $100), and La Lanterna looks like its mostly a pizza/panini place unless I'm missing something.

              Palma sounds like a solid suggestion, but I'm seeing some posts on the board here about bad service?

              1. re: fishermb

                if yr willing to do italian, da andrea is cheap considering the quality and a great restaurant all around.

                'ino on bedford is cheap and a bit on the crowded side but the food is amazing, its a great little scene, and you get to know the other pretty well.

                then there's snack taverna...

            2. Malatesta - it's another Italian suggestion, and definitely in your price range. It's way far west on Christopher, which makes it a fun discovery, I think. It manages to be cozy and airy at the same time - rustic w/ big open windows. I've found the apps, wine, pastas and desserts all to be really great. It's all very shareable, too. The piadinas are delicious and cheap.

              And that makes me think of Piadina, also Italian and in your price range. It's on w10th between 6th & 7th aves. It's darker, more romantic, and has a very similar menu to Malatesta. Cash only :(

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              1. re: erin07nyc

                I second Malatesta, candlelit and romantic-ish, reasonably priced/good food. Even an extra beer/wine won't blow your budget.

              2. I went to Mas again last night, on Downing Street in the West Village.

                We got a prix fix with an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert for $65. Then a beer for like $12. It would be a little over $75 with tax and tip but I just can't get over what an amazing meal it was.

                When you order the prix fix, you can actually pick any app, entree or dessert they have on the whole menu, about 10 options of each.

                It's really the only "special" Manhattan restaurant I've been to more than once. And the service and food is just phenomenal.

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                1. re: doona

                  Thanks for the new suggestions, now you're all making this tough on me :P

                  Malatesta, Piadina and Da Andrea all have great looking menus, I'll probably wind up going with one of these.

                  Re: Mas...the $65 includes 2 entrees? Otherwise their menu looks out of my budget for this time around.

                  1. re: fishermb

                    Yup. Its an app then two entrees and a dessert, four courses total.

                    I haven't been to the others but I promise it will be hard to go wrong. If you're in the area try checking it out.

                2. Otto. I'm not a fan of Palma. Po across the street is much better.

                  1. Casa is a romantic, reasonably priced brazilian place on bedford. Id highly recommend it. Food is reliably good.

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                    1. re: shisan

                      i like Po. Otto is going to be way too loud for a second date type event. you may also want to consider Perilla...if she is a food/tv person it could make for some interesting conversation and the food is pretty good and the space is nice. i have not been but Gus Place is also back in the West Village. his old place was great for dates and i am sure the new place would serve the same purpose.

                    2. i much prefer extra virgin to da andrea, if you're thinking italian. and centro vinoteca has had some nice write-ups, although i haven't been there yet.

                      if you're willing to go somewhere that doesn't accept reservations, pearl oyster bar is excellent and so is blue ribbon bakery. and if you're willing to go somewhere that doesn't accept reservations that you'd have to get to relatively early, but has amazing grub, there's always the spotted pig.

                      two other new joints worth scouting are Los Dados and Kingswood.

                      good luck w/ the 2nd date! have fun!


                      1. I consider myself Malatesta's #1 fan for several years now, but I would not recommend that restaurant for a "getting-to-know you" date on a weekend night. On a weeknight is fine, but the weekends are jammed and loud, with very little space between tables. Incidentally, my first time there happened to be with my (now ex) new boyfriend on a cold winter Sunday afternoon several years ago. It was snowing outside, and we were the only ones in the place. It was a terribly romantic experience, and that afternoon is still a very special memory for me. However, they are no longer open during the day on Sundays in the winter, and I have never had that kind of intimate experience there when I've been on a Friday or Saturday night. Our favorite nights to go there were always Tuesday and Wednesday, and not during the summer, when all of the "raucous river hordes" would invariably make their way up past the place, and kill the atmosphere.

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                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          Thanks for the tips, I guess I should've noted in my original post that the date is TONIGHT.

                          1. re: fishermb

                            Yikes! So have you decided? Give Salt a try.

                        2. I know I've been plugging Perry Street a lot lately, but again I think Perry Street is a good place for your 2nd date location/price point criteria. Solid drinks, great food and service. Enjoy, and GOOD LUCK! *WINK WINK*

                          I like to eats.

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                          1. re: druz99

                            Well just thought I'd report back that we went to Malatesta last night. I must've misread erin07nyc's post, because it sounds to me like she said that Piadina is cash only, not Malatesta. As soon as I saw "cash only" on the menu, I had to laugh inside a bit, because I only had $55 in my pocket.

                            We each had a beer and a plate of pasta (she the gnocchi, I the penne), and with tip it came out to $45. Luckily she wasn't very hungry, so no need for an appetizer, and luckily I realized my monetary blunder before ordering, and went for the $10 penne alla arabbiata (quite a nice sauce). We sat at a table on the edge of inside/outside, and despite the place being completely packed around 8:30, the noise wasn't bad at all.

                            My only major complaint is that our food came out less than 5 minutes after ordering. Once we finished they were very take-your-time with the bill, but we were both a bit puzzled over how our food arrived so quickly. Enjoyable experience overall, I'll be back when I have more cash in my pocket and can order better - though it will probably be with the next girl I take out on a date. Thanks everyone!

                            1. re: fishermb

                              OK... I can't tell you how many times I have mentioned the "cash only" policy at Malatesta on this board... I guess it didn't dawn on me to do so this time bc I did not realize that you were seriously considering it. Sorry about that. Just for the record, the spaghetti alla chitarra is their signature dish. If you really like the restaurant, and intend to go back, please try it. To me, going there and not getting it is like going to Peter Luger's and asking for grilled chicken breast... I am glad you enjoyed what you had, though.