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Excellent food AND civilized conversation?

Are there any restaurants in Manhattan of any cuisine where you can get a delicious and affordable meal ($150. for two) and also be able to converse with your dining companion without screaming yourselves hoarse? This is an especial wish for our anniversary dinner... Thanks so much for any and all advice!

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    1. Does that amount include alcohol, tax & tip? Any particular cuisine preferences?

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      1. re: MMRuth

        eppie curious, any neighborhood okay or do you have a preference?

      2. Compass would be a great choice. Very comfortable and not overly noisy. Ask for a booth. The food is fabulous and it fits your budget.

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        1. re: rrems

          Compass is the way to go. Very civilized, you actually have space and it's not loud. Great food and service, too.

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            My favorite place by far is Vice Versa.

          2. We'd like it best if the total bill was around $150. We were thinking of old-fashioned classics, like shrimp cocktail and steak, but will consider anything seriously yummy. We will be staying on the UWS, but could anywhere in Manhattan would be ok.

            I am curious, (as the monicker states) - What kind of food and where are Compass and Telepan?

            Thanks!

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            1. re: eppie curious

              Telepan is UWS. I would describe the cuisine as New American. Bill Telepan is a big supporter of locally sourced and sustainable foods. Wonderfully fresh stuff.

              1. re: eppie curious

                Compass is on West 70 St.just west of Amsterdam. The food is new American, with mostly creative dishes and also some more basic classics like steak.