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Elegant, romantic lunch in Manhattan after wedding ceremony?

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Looking for a very elegant, very romantic restaurant to have late lunch/early dinner on a saturday in Manhattan. Just Bride and Groom. We will not be wearing our wedding outfits.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. Hey, elskin,

    Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

    It may be difficult to find a place that fits your needs because many of the very fine, elegant restaurants either don't serve lunch on Saturday or, if they do, they stop serving around 2 p.m., and dinner service doesn't start until 5 p.m. or later. All that said, if you provide a few more specifics, it would help us make appropriate recommendations.

    Can you be more precise about the time frame? What are your cuisine preferences? What is your per person budget for food only (alcoholic beverage, tax & tip extra)?

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    1. re: RGR

      Hi RGR,

      Thanks!

      We are very openminded, so any and all suggestions are welcome.

      We would probably eat around 4-5pm.

      We are also openminded regarding the cuisine. Maybe just not too ethnic (no indian, thai, japanese etc)

      Budget= no more than $75 a head would be fine.

      The main priority is just the atmosphere and elegance/niceness of the place.

      Thank you in advance!

      E.

    2. not sure about what you are exactly looking for- but what about something with an amazing view-outside of manhattan- the river cafe, you can take a water taxi there post vows and enjoy a beautiful view.

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      1. Congratulations! Wow! So great!

        We got married and ran straight to Union Square Cafe for a gorgeous meal served impeccably, just staring into each others' eyes and laughing. You need a place that will cause you no distractions other than loving every second of what you just did. My suggestions: Union Sq Cafe, Gramercy Tavern.

        1. I love River Cafe, it is very romantic. Also might want to consider Danube or Daniel.

          1. I have to dissent on River Cafe. It is very romantic, so if you're just looking for romance, it might be well-suited to you. But, the food is basically good hotel restaurant food. I also disagree w/the Danube suggestion. found the supposedly romantic decor dated. Finally, Union Square Cafe isn't romantic and the food, while well-prepared, is overpriced for what it is. I'd opt for Bouley (romantic ang dood food) or Jean Georges (somewhat less romantic, but great food). I haven't been to Gramercy Tavern proper, but based on my experience in the tavern room, that might also be a good bet for a combination of good food and atmosphere.