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Is this a date? dinner spot

carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 11:19 AM

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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    offthebeatenpath1 RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 11:27 AM


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      nokitsch RE: offthebeatenpath1 Aug 1, 2008 10:35 AM


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

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      small h RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 11:59 AM

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

      1. erin07nyc RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 12:13 PM

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

        1. Spiritchaser RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 12:22 PM

          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.

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            thursdaynext RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 12:41 PM

            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.

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              mch RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 01:02 PM

              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.

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                sam1 RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 01:55 PM

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

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                  Simon RE: carijo3 Jul 31, 2008 03:02 PM

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

                  Soba Koh

                  Snack, on Thompson St.

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                    douglas525 RE: carijo3 Aug 1, 2008 05:25 AM

                    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.

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                      RussianGirl RE: carijo3 Aug 1, 2008 08:17 AM

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

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                        stephaniec25 RE: carijo3 Aug 1, 2008 08:31 AM

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

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