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Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

I've been on countless boards and websites trying to find some really GOOD advice, and this one has been the best so far. So I'm turning to you guys for some help. I met my girlfriend through my best friends fiancee. We've haven't been together long, but we're crazy about each other. Any time we get to spend time together, my buddy and his fiancee are there. She lives in Florida, and has never been to Manhattan (I live on Long Island). So I'm taking her in on Dec. 16th (it's a Sunday), to see the Rockefeller Center tree and the window displays, stuff like that for our "first date" alone. I'm looking for suggestions for good places to eat, relatively inexpensive, and any other things to do. I'm thinking either Top Of The Rock or Empire State Building Observatory. Any suggestions as to one or the other? Any fun, kinda touristy things to do. Any help that you guys could give me would be appreciated. I really want it to be a memorable, romantic day.

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    1. re: princeofpork

      If you are considering seeing the spectacular MOMA (and even if you are not), there is a neat restaurant fairly nearby called Blue Fin right smack dab on Broadway, where you can watch the world go by with all the flash and glitter Broadway has to offer.
      If you'd prefer to dine elsewhere -- though the price is right and the food decent -- do at least consider a before-dinner drink and maybe a small plate of cheese there. It's a fun place and just screams Noo Yawk!

    2. Cuisines that you both like?

      1. In addition to telling us what cuisines you and your g.f. prefer, it would also be helpful if you would give us your per person budget for food because people can interpret "relatively inexpensive" quite differently.

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          1. Thanks for your help so far. As far as a budget goes, I'm hoping to keep it around $100-$120 total (including alcohol). But I wouldn't mind spending a little more than that if the food/service/atmosphere was right. As I said, I'm gonna try to get her to see some of the touristy things (the tree at Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Macy's/Bloomingdales/Saks/Lord and Taylor Window displays, maybe a walk in Central Park), so location is pretty open. Idia, unfortunately, she said she wasn't really into doing the museums, which I also happen to like ( :-\ ). Cuisine type is also pretty open. We both like sushi, Italian, and American. I'm a big fan of Thai food, stuff like that, but she's never really had it. I just want to make this memorable for her. Where have you guys been that's impressed you?

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            1. re: Yanks121482

              The bar at the Marriott Marquis overlooks Times Square and is a beautiful place for a drink with a view in midtown.

              1. re: janeh

                I've actually heard about that place before. Is it usually crowded? From what I understand, The View seems to attract quite a few people.

                1. re: Yanks121482

                  It's a popular spot, but I've always managed to get a table. Worth waiting for a spot near the window. And if it's jammed, you can just enjoy riding the elevators (okay, not super sophisticated) and then sneak around to the left side of the room where you can get close enough to the window for a good view up and down Broadway from billboard level. Have fun!

                  1. re: janeh

                    Just to clarify, you're talking about the View Lounge, correct? Have you eaten at the restaurant? If so, how is it? I've heard mixed reviews, and it's one of the places I was considering. Or should I just stick to the Lounge for drinks and head somewhere else for dinner?

              2. re: Yanks121482

                The Marriott Bar is nice and turns. It's great for a drinks, after dinner drink or coffee. Avoid weekends and this time of year it might be super touristy, long lines. I have not been to The View restaurant in years (it was not my choice when I went) and you can probably do much better in NYC.