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iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 07:07 AM

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. CalJack RE: iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 09:22 AM

    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.

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    Kuma Inn
    113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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      iforman2001 RE: CalJack Feb 1, 2008 10:19 AM

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

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        eternalX RE: iforman2001 Feb 3, 2008 07:57 PM

        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. megaepicure RE: iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 10:25 AM

      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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        edintern RE: megaepicure Feb 4, 2008 05:44 PM

        i second that.

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        kobetobiko RE: iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 11:30 AM

        Tartine is also quite nice, albeit a bit causal.

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          bladerobbins RE: iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 01:09 PM

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

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            simetrias RE: iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 01:34 PM

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

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              gekko RE: iforman2001 Feb 1, 2008 02:51 PM

              Cantina!
              It's on Avenue B at 2nd Street. Excellent Cuban cuisine.

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                TBird RE: gekko Feb 2, 2008 07:21 AM

                bridge cafe, but call first and confirm your intentions.

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                  fishermb RE: TBird Feb 2, 2008 12:43 PM

                  I really like Bodeguita Cubana on 10th between 1st and A for BYO. Also Cuban food, dishes like $8-10, and fairly small.

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                    drumwine RE: fishermb Feb 2, 2008 11:29 PM

                    La Sirene on Broome St. Charming husband & wife Rest....seafood specialties, BYO (no corkage) all the time.

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                    mjh5821 RE: TBird Feb 4, 2008 11:43 AM

                    Bridge Cafe is BYOB? I had never heard that....do they have a corkage fee?

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                      TBird RE: mjh5821 Feb 4, 2008 07:20 PM

                      $15 but they have been known to work with you on multiple bottles..

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