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romance in lincoln center help

nyplayful1 Nov 19, 2007 01:15 PM

Need a good first date place in the Lincoln center area (either before or after the ballet)

must be vegetarian/fish only friendly.. looking for a nice quiet place to have good wine and convo to get to know each other better... not over the top Jean george like... quiet, cool, local place

any ideas

thanx in advance

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    chowrlk Nov 20, 2007 10:39 AM

    You may want to try Citrus on 75th and Amsterdam, a very popular, reasonably priced date place with many fish/sushi and Vegeterian options and delicious fun drinks. Also good and not as expensive as the others in Time Warner is Landmarc.

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    1. re: chowrlk
      Ken J. Nov 23, 2007 12:11 PM

      Landmarc is much too noisy to be romantic.

    2. Spiritchaser Nov 20, 2007 05:19 AM


      Sorry, had to edit this. Completely missed the romance part. Telepan is a great place and you should check it out but I don't know if I would consider it romantic.

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      1. re: Spiritchaser
        idia Nov 20, 2007 07:41 AM

        How about this one?


        1. re: idia
          JoanN Nov 20, 2007 08:10 AM

          Gabriel's is quite expensive and I think a rather sterile atmosphere. Certainly not what I'd call "cool" by any means. It's more the kind of place I'd take my elderly aunt (if I had an elderly aunt).

          1. re: JoanN
            idia Nov 20, 2007 10:32 AM

            True Joan, it's not cool but inexpensive next to the others mentioned, Shun Lee and Telepan.
            I also just noticed the big word "only" after vegetarian/seafood. I cannot think of one place that serves vegetarian and seafood ONLY on their menu.
            So except for Le Pain Quotidien, which isn't all that romantic, I am stumped.

            1. re: idia
              JoanN Nov 20, 2007 10:47 AM

              Not really, idia. Take a look at the menus. Gabriel's prices are $4 to $5 higher than Telepan across the board from pastas to mains. The mains are higher than at Shun Lee as well. And at Telepan, you don't have to order sides a la carte. At Gabriel's they're $6 and $7. And of course the food at Telepan is far superior. I have no real objection to Gabriel's. The food is usually well prepared. And at those prices it certainly ought to be.

              1. re: JoanN
                G3B Nov 23, 2007 02:59 AM

                I really dislike Gabriel's and posted about my dinner there a while back. To sum it up, expensive and poor food and service. Also definitely not on the romantic side, especially those banquettes which are smooshed together and the individual tables are no better.

              2. re: idia
                MikeG Nov 23, 2007 09:08 AM

                I took "vegetarian/fish only friendly" to mean a place that would satisfy vegetarians or those that will eat fish but no other meat/flesh/dead animal, not one with a menu limited to those items.

                1. re: MikeG
                  Spiritchaser Nov 23, 2007 09:27 AM

                  I agree.

              3. re: JoanN
                jenkc Nov 21, 2007 03:29 PM

                Gabriel's has great wine, which boosts it several points IMHO

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            nyebaby37 Nov 20, 2007 05:05 AM

            Shun Lee? Pretty, good food and they have veggie dishes

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              idia Nov 19, 2007 07:49 PM

              What about Nick & Toni's at 100 W. 67th?
              You can google their menu.

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                cimui Nov 19, 2007 07:36 PM

                It's gone downhill a bit, but I still like Pasha for Turkish. It's a dark, romantic, quiet spot. It works best, in my opinion, for small plates / tapas dining, since tapas here are better done than main courses.

                Telepan is not too far away. It's well liked on this board and has a decent wine list.

                I also quite like Cafe Gray in the Time Warner building, if that's within your price range. It's quiet enough to talk, but not so quiet that you'll feel awkward. The wine and cocktails are great. Food is solid.

                1. JoanN Nov 19, 2007 01:23 PM

                  I'd recommend Epices du Traiteur on the north side of 70th Street just west of Columbus. Sort of Moroccan/Mediterranean, with quite a few fish and vegetarian choices. It's not really romantic, but a very pleasant neighborhood type place where you can relax and they don't pressure you.


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