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Jan 31, 2008 09:52 AM

Romantic Dinner in the East Village

Anyone have any recommendations for a romantic dinner location in the East Village? Somewhere that you can hear each other talk, not too loud, price is not an issue. So long as the food is good, friendly service is not a big priority so long as they're not blatantly rude about us being there.


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  1. I like Hearth and the Mermaid Inn. Both are quiet and cozy.
    Or maybe Cru for something fancier (tasting menu with wine pairings)
    or Enoteca Barbone for more casual.

    1. Degustation. Lavagna. I respectfully disagree with persimmon, I don't find Mermaid Inn particularly romantic.

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        While I agree that the Mermaid Inn is not "romantic" in the traditional sense, I like that you can start with a glass of champagne and an old-fashioned crab cocktail. that for me is romance.
        I also like the little wishing fish they give you, which contributes to the flirtation, and the complementary chocolate pudding.

      2. On weekend nights, 99% of East Village restaurants will be "loud." 'Tis the nature of the beast.

        On weeknights, however, the world is your oyster. Consider Lavagna, an atmospheric Italian with one of the best dishes in all of Manhattan, the rigatoni.

        (And while I love Mermaid Inn, on weekends it is "loud.")

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        1. re: gekko

          gekko, I've never had the rigatoni at Lavagna. We went recently and had the flambe whole fish for two. Delicious. I don't eat red meat and have had almost everything on their menu, I may need to try the rigatoni next . . .

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            Oh my gosh, Lavagna's rigatoni is absolutely incredible! On occasion I'll ask for extra fennel sausage.

            (And I'm not a rigatoni nut.)