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I am looking for a place for that awkwardly questionable "is this a date or just a meal?" dinner. I guess casual/fun yet quiet enough for two people to talk. Moderately priced and in a vibrant neighborhood with after-dinner activity. No limitations to type of food. Anyone have a good recommendation(s)?

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  1. Pastis.

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    1. re: offthebeatenpath1

      Fail.

      To the original poster - Le Gamin, 'Ino, N, Le Colonial, Lucky Strike, Cafe Gitane, Petite Abelle (any branch).

    2. Bar Carrera or Bar Veloce. You'll sit side by side which might be a) chummy or b) intimate.

      1. Similar suggestion to the others - Bar 13 on 6th Ave.

        1. Nothing specific but I would definately be looking in the Union Sqaure area. Plenty of good/fun places and tons to do in the nab.

          1. Paprika on St Marks Place near 1st ave. Nice atmosphere, good wine, tasty italian food. Could be romantic, or just casual. Also, fun neighborhood.

            Or Esperanto on 7th & Ave C, then head over to Louis 649 or Rue B for drinks.

            1. Sala 19 is good choice. it is casual but has a little vibe. tapas are always good. if you want it to go in the romance direction sharing can be a good way to get to that point. you can even sit at the small bar or high table in the back. plus you are in the gramercy/union square area which is good in case you want to move on to something more or less for that matter.

              1. 'ino on bedford? very casual, very good but can also double as a date after enough of the well priced wine.

                1. Cacio e Vino, on 2nd Ave and 4th St.

                  Soba Koh

                  Snack, on Thompson St.

                  1. Momofuku Ssam Bar in the EV is fun and in a good neighborhood for things to do after dinner. And it definitely does not scream, "date." If you want to let the restaurant ask the question for you, try Apizz on the LES. The rustic brick and cozy atmosphere set a romantic mood.

                    1. gotta love those nights!
                      fig and olive in meatpacking. crispo on 14th street. pipa on 19th street.

                      1. Lupa is fun and loud and in a great spot for after-dinner drinks.