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Romantic, Italian...really nice, anywhere???

vin71 Sep 27, 2008 08:05 AM

Looking for a really good Italian, romantic restaurant to take my wife for her birthday this evening. Any suggestions, anywhere in the city? We've been to many but thought I'd mix it up a bit.

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  1. MMRuth RE: vin71 Sep 27, 2008 08:07 AM

    These are all UES suggestions, but may help:


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      melliempa RE: MMRuth Sep 27, 2008 01:14 PM

      We just celebrated our anniversary at Erminia on the UES. Very small and intimate. The food was exquisite!

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      douglas525 RE: vin71 Sep 27, 2008 09:04 AM

      Apizz is on the LES. Italian, and definitely romantic with exposed brick and an open hearth. Always gets recos on here.

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        vin71 RE: douglas525 Sep 27, 2008 09:09 AM

        Great, thanks!

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          princeofpork RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 06:58 AM

          Apizz is a winner everytime. Very romantic, great food, reasonable prices....a cant miss.

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        theaman RE: vin71 Sep 29, 2008 06:01 PM

        Fiamma is very good as is Del Posto and Scalini Fedeli.

        1. kcijones001 RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 06:27 AM

          201 E 61st St

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            taboo RE: kcijones001 Sep 30, 2008 07:41 AM

            I second Scalinatella or also Ermenia

          2. Emmmily RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 06:32 AM

            Past the usual Batali et al recs, I really like Masseria on W. 48th. Much as a I hate the Times Square area, I've had some great meals here. Try the rabbit! Also Osteria del Circo.

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              kobetobiko RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 07:53 AM

              Perhaps Convivia in Tudor City? While it is less formal than the former L'Imperio, the food is still delicious, and the atmosphere relaxing and causal. The garden is still very beautiful and sort of romantic.

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                vin71 RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 10:07 AM

                Wound up at Erminia...it was the perfect setting...my wife loved it but was freezing the whole night as they know how to jack up the AC! We'll be back during the holidays - food was great.

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                  MMRuth RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 10:11 AM

                  So glad to hear it. Do you mind sharing more about what you ate, and perhaps what the prices are like? I've always wanted to try it.


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                    vin71 RE: MMRuth Sep 30, 2008 11:43 AM

                    My wife had the Pollo Salsiccia (boneless chicken and sausage with mushrooms in balsamic vinegar reduction/sauce). Fantastic. She started with their special salad of the evening which was also great. I did the special ravioli in a cream sauce which was beautifully handcrafted (not your standard square cut industry standard ravioli). Another winner. Started with the steamed clams & mussels. Very nice wine list as well. Prices were not bad at all. Median entree price was about $25. Ambience made the whole night though. My wife can't wait to see what it looks like during the holidays.

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                      MMRuth RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 11:46 AM

                      Thank you - always love getting the details!

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                        taboo RE: vin71 Sep 30, 2008 04:51 PM

                        The few times I have been to Ermenia I always left happy. Glad you enjoyed....

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