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Feb 6, 2008 10:23 AM

need valentines help please :)

I am coming into the city and it just so happens to be V-day. I know most hounders dread this day of dining, but staying home & cooking is not an option and well, we gotta eat. I would like to avoid all of the prix fixe, holiday special kind of meals and just find a cozy little place that happens to have excellent food. The issue is that I will be with 2 other couples and time is running out! I've been turned away at most restaurants that I've called (or offered a 4:00 or 10:00 ressie). My beloved and I are willing to sacrifice our friendly dinner and sneak away, so a ressie for 2 is a viable option if that helps matters any.

I've checked out what open table still has available but without knowing most of the restaurants it's a little hard. I've noticed that Dosa still has some ressies...any takes on that?

Any suggestions of where to try would be very much appreciated :)

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  1. I would think about places that don't accept reservations, like Bocadillo's.

    1. Try Bodega Bistro (Vietnamese), Maykadeh (Persian), Angkor Borei (Cambodian), or Helmand Palace (Afghan). They're all nice, reasonably priced, and have great food, but are untrendy and rarely full.

      Most of Bocadillos' seating is for groups of two or three, so you'd have to wait to get six seats together at the communal table.

      1. There's a six-person res available for 7 PM at Aziza. Take it. I haven't heard great things about their vegetarian options, but they do have vegetarian options (and the report I heard was from friends who had gone a while ago).

        1. i'd second the Helmand although i'm a big fan of Dosa too!

          5 Replies
          1. re: chutney

            We are actually going to Aziza the following night :) There is a ressie at The Slanted Door - think thats a good choice?

            1. re: lavendula

              Whatever you book, make sure you understand if it will be a fixed menu and if they require a credit card to guarantee, at what point you can cancel without a penalty.

              1. re: waldrons

                Thanks. Yeah, Slanted Door was one of the only places I found that weren't serving a fixed menu. From the descriptions I've read on the board, I don't think it's going to be too "cozy", but it seems to me to be a worthwhile place to visit, had a reservation, vegetarian options, and no price fixe. If anyone can think of something else let me know. It will be 4 of us and must meet all of the above criteria :) Cheers!

                1. re: lavendula

                  Slanted Door is the least cozy restaurant I can think of. All bare cement, metal, glass, and hard chairs.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Slanted Door was actually perfect. We got a great booth table, facing the water and we were totally cozy in there. The food was amazing, only issue was the service which started off bad and seemed to get worse throughout the evening - until we said something, and then it seemed to get the message across. Our dessert was comped as an apology. Imperial rolls are to die for, and the table was taken back by how amazing the cat fish was. Thanks for the help :)