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Feb 1, 2008 07:07 AM

Best BYO Downtown?

Can anyone recommend a really great BYO restaurant downtown (below 23rd Street)? I have a special bottle of wine I want to open with my boyfriend at our anniversary dinner in a few weeks - intimate atmosphere and great food is a must! Thanks!

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  1. Kuma Inn is about as intimate as it gets, and I believe they're still BYO-friendly. I love their take on Southeast-Asian small plates. I'd describe the atmosphere as artfully cozy. Run a search of this board for further comments.

    Kuma Inn
    113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: CalJack

      I love Kuma Inn too, but I think its better for larger groups.

      1. re: iforman2001

        I like it and I want to LOVE it but it is just a bit inconsistent. I'd not hesitate to open your bottle there though, assuming it goes with Japanese food.

    2. Ivo and Lulu on Broome, West of Sixth Avenue is BYOB and has good, inexpensive food. It is very small and, depending on when you go, you may be in for a wait.

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      1. Tartine is also quite nice, albeit a bit causal.

        1. Itzocan on 9th between 1st and A. Really tiny, very intimate Mexican bistro. Amazing flank steak. Really delicious savory dumpling stew. I highly recommend.

          1. AOC Bedford is BYO on Sun and Mon, and it is intimate and lovely.