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Cute, date restaurant - no reservations needed

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Hi -

I'm looking to go to a new restaurant tonight for "date night" -- something moderately priced ($20-$30 entrees) and not requiring a 2 hour wait to get in. Would prefer someplace with outdoor seating with some character. Pretty open to types of food, but looking to stay downtown-ish (Union Square and below).

To give some context, have been considering Hearth, August, Hundred Acres, Forge, Lupa (the wait took this one off the list) and Mercadito.

Thanks!

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    1. Euzkadi on 4th street between 1st and 2nd avenue.
      Spanish Basque Tapas in a dark, candlelit cozy restaurant with all sorts of character and most importantly, romance... i've met many a date here... the tables are small which means you must....get....close... on tuesdays they have live spanish music, lots of europeans, it's just hidden and great --and you rarely ever need a reservation. during the summer and good weather (now), it's semi-open air (not technically outdoors, but there aren't any windows so the air flows in, hard to explain)

      1. i hear forge is great. gradisca is also a good choice. i believe they have outside seating.

        1. I would recommend Hearth. Used to live near it and everything I would order would be wonderful. decor is rustic-pleasant. Really great.

          If you like french cuisine, Fleur de Sel I would recommend also for being a great date restaurant. I've often had no problems getting a reservation here. the decor is sophisticated cute, and the food is excellent.

          Annisa is a wonderful date restaurant in the west village, which houses the highest rated female chef in new york, annita lo. the decor is a zen-minimalist white, wonderful food, New American-Asian influences.

          1. hearth is pretty pricey for a date nite (as opposed to special occassion date). id try pia dina or po.

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            1. re: srk626

              just went to po, it was delicious. i didn't love hearth. if you don't know your date well it might not be the type of place you want to go on a first or even secon date. bar pitti has outside seating but might be too hectic for a date.