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Mar 23, 2008 06:36 PM

Romantic, dark, semiformal, French restaurant


Tomorrow night is a special night, a birthday dinner, for a special someone who happens to be my 4th date, I need a reccomendation for a non stuffy, informal French restaurant with romantic vibe.

While I should have booked a restaurant way ahead of time, I just knew about it myself. So I really need a reccomendation for a really nice French restaurant with a non stuffy setting, preferable dark and romantic but still an excellent food.

Places like Jean Georges, Daniel, Cafe Boulud, Bouley, Chanterelle, Le Bernadin, Le Cirque are of course out of the question at this point. Any reccomendations ? Prefer between midtown - village/meatpacking and nothing lower than Canal St.

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  1. Fleur de sel? I haven't been in a long time but I figure the food must still be good since it's still around ...

    1. adveater,

      Are you saying that the restaurants you've listed are "out of the question at this point" because they are too expensive or because you don't think you can get a table for tomorrow evening? If it's the latter, I just did a quick check of OpenTable. With the exception of Jean Georges, which is not on OT, all the others show availabilities, some even for prime times.

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      1. re: RGR

        Well... they're not exactly dark, informal and romantic.

        1. re: adveater

          While I would agree that Jean Georges's dining room is not dark or informal, when we had dinner there in October, we were seated at a table for two located by itself in a snug little nook. Quite romantic!

          Re: Fleur de Sel. One of our favs and while it's more informal than most of those on your list (the exception being Cafe Boulud), it's not particularly dark.

          1. re: RGR

            Fleur de Sel - although the food was great, and I ate things I never thought I would, it wasn't as romantic as I expected epecially because it was not dark enough. If it was a little darker it would have been perfect.

      2. Allen and Delancey is certainly informal, dark and romantic (IMO). The only question is whether you can get a reservation.

        If A&D doesn't work out, you can try Le Gigot, a small cozy bistro in West Village. I consider it as quite romantic

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            I also think that Le Gigot would work well for this occasion.

          2. I would recommend Le Refuge on the UES. I think it would be exactly what you are looking for. If they do not have a table for you, or if you really cannot do the UES, my second choice would be Jubilee in Midtown East. It is not quite as dark and romantic as Le Refuge but the food is just as good and the setting is still rather intimate.

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              1. re: adveater

                JoJo is OK. It's not exactly dark and intimate-- at least on the lower floor. I haven't been upstairs, so I can't comment on that.