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Special night out recommendations?

My husband and I are going to line up a sitter next Saturday and celebrate the anniversary of our first date. We'd like to get out of our UWS neighborhood and it's are rare night out, so, I thought I'd ask here for recommendations. Some place with wonderful food, cozy, warm, intimate. Perhaps the LES (though not essential), special -- but not feeling the need to blow the budget on a visit to Per Se. We're open to different kinds of cuisine. We've been to Babbo, the Modern, Nougatine, Le Gigot (our usual go-to place) and would like something new. We're all ears! Thanks in advance.

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  1. Romantic, good menu, davidburke & donatella on the UES.
    Ditto Gotham Bar & Grill.

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    1. re: idia

      I absolutely love Gotham but don't think that it is romantic at all in the traditional sense. We did a recent birthday at Fleur du Sel which was just lovely.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          A Voce is one of the least cozy and romantic restaurants I can think of. And then, there's the insanely high noise level!

          My first thought was Fleur de Sel. Tocqueville is also a good option. For Italian, I'd recomment L'Impero.

          http://www.fleurdeselnyc.com
          http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com
          http://www.limpero.com

          1. re: RGR

            sorry, i was so focused on the food i didn't think about the noise. retract that vote...go to il buco instead.

      1. My husband and I have small children and also live on the UWS-we went to David Burke and Donatella several weeks ago for an anniversary dinner-DO NOT GO! While I will say the food was very good we had to wait and hour for our table and it was such a scene. It was not romantic at all. We just went to Tocqueville and that was lovely...warm, great food and a wonderful night. Also, I love the Little Owl. That is very cozy!

        1. It's a no-brainer: Il Buco. It's romantic, transporting, and delicious. Hint: I would stick to a lot of starters and tastings, instead of the entrees.

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          1. re: picklesister

            Agree! Great call! Very romantic and delicious.

            1. re: picklesister

              I second (or third) Il Buco. Savoy on Prince is also really nice and you can have a conversation without yelling. All their food is delicious and very good service.

              1. re: pattinyc

                ooh, i forgot about il buco and i used to live right around the corner!

                good call...cozy, romantic...perfect ambience.

            2. In the east village, I love Jules. It has live jazz and low lighting so I find it romantic, especially when you have a glass of champagne at the end of the meal!

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              1. re: cricri7

                It might be romantic, but the jazz is often so loud, that I can't hear what my companion is saying to me!