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jusjoshinaroun Nov 21, 2007 01:35 AM

Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and need some help.
I suddenly got a dinner date for thanksgiving and need a place to eat. I looked up most if not all the restaurants suggested in the first date threads but all of them are booked. I need a romantic place with good food(except japanese or korean) and if possible a cafe or someplace to just drink tea or coffee nearby. price range is 30-50 per person not including the cafe. If no romantic place is available, just any place with good food and a dimly lit cafe like place nearby would be good. thank you!!!

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    deeny Nov 21, 2007 03:15 PM

    Ok, I just looked at Open Table & perhaps Pamplona would work? It is Spanish, but has received good reviews. I have not been there yet so cannot vouch for how romantic it may be (& it may not be) but at just two $ signs it may be in your price range.
    Good luck & Happy Thanksgiving -

    1. financialdistrictresident Nov 21, 2007 01:25 PM

      Maybe Gaby's in the Sofitel on 44th/6th? Quiet, not really romantic, not right by Central Park. A bit off the beaten path, more of a business crowd during the week. I haven't been there since I worked nearby so I defer to hounds who have more recent experiences. What about Landmarc in the TWC? Have you tried opentable.com as David W suggested?

      If you want to head downtown The Duane Park Cafe in TriBeCa is nice and they have a prix fixe dinner. It's more of a local neighborhood place and it's not super romantic. They will be closing in January for renovations. The Harrison is nice but might be over your budget. You could probably find someplace nearby for coffee afterwards. There's The Bridge Cafe further East near the Brooklyn Bridge. You could go for a stroll along the promenade after dinner an look at the view.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident
        jusjoshinaroun Nov 21, 2007 02:27 PM

        hey i took david's nd ur suggestion nd looked up on open table.com. there were about 50 or so restaurants to choose from nd i narrowed it down to these 6. Jacques Brasserie, La goulue, nino's, zoe townhouse, loft and scarletta ristorante. i'm leaning towards nino's because of the live music or scarletta ristorante because of the location but don't know about the quality of the food for any of these restaurants. any input on the food, type of environment or anything at all would be very helpful. and thanks again. u guys are probably the friendliest people out of any forum i've been to.

        1. re: jusjoshinaroun
          JohnnyBooy Nov 21, 2007 02:30 PM

          I have been to the first four, and they're honestly nothing special. Also, most of these restaurants will run you close to $60-70 per person after tax and tips, you should keep that in mind.

          It will be quite challenging to find a place with good food, romantic atmosphere, and $30-50 per person on Thanksgiving on such short notice!

          Good luck! Keep looking! You still have time. Don't give up!

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        jusjoshinaroun Nov 21, 2007 01:12 PM

        someplace near central park would be preferred, but anywhere in manhattan would be good. nd yea we both don't have much of a family to celebrate it with. they all live far away or are busy. thanks.

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        1. re: jusjoshinaroun
          LeahBaila Nov 21, 2007 01:14 PM

          Look in to Asiate...not sure how the prices will be on Thanksgiving. Romantic, gorgeous and great views of Central Park.

          1. re: LeahBaila
            JohnnyBooy Nov 21, 2007 02:44 PM

            Asiate is a solid restaurant with a wonderful view, but I don't think it'll work for the OP. He said $30-50 per person. Meanwhile, the cheapest dinner at Asiate on a normal night (non-thanksgiving) is $85 prie fixe before tax and tips

          2. re: jusjoshinaroun
            brendastarlet Nov 21, 2007 01:14 PM

            Sarabeth's on CPS? Beacon? Are they all booked?

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            lamaranthe Nov 21, 2007 08:27 AM

            Ask the concierge at your hotel. Tell him what you are looking for and he will find it for you. A generous tip is always welcome for that kind of help.

            1. erin07nyc Nov 21, 2007 06:45 AM

              I think we'll have more ideas for you if you can tell us what neighborhood(s) would be best.

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                David W Nov 21, 2007 05:53 AM

                opentable.com is your best option-plug in the time you want and see what's out there.

                1. LeahBaila Nov 21, 2007 02:30 AM

                  You're going on a dinner date on Thanksgiving? Do you want a traditional Thanksgiving meal? If not, what type of cuisines do you prefer? Which parts of town?

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                  1. re: LeahBaila
                    idia Nov 21, 2007 04:22 AM

                    Try Zeytin Turkish restaurant under a tent for really good vittles.
                    I don't know if it is open on Thanksgiving but you could give them a call.

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