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MommyTwingle Oct 1, 2008 01:30 PM

Going overnight to Saratoga with my husband for my 40th bday; it will be our first night away from the kids in many years. I know there have been many restaurants in Saratoga recommended, but where would you recommend for a romantic bday dinner for just adults? Thanks in advance!

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    adventuresinbaking Oct 1, 2008 01:43 PM


    Check out this huge thread. There is a lot of discussion of what is hot and not quite so hot in Saratoga right now.


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    1. re: adventuresinbaking
      markabauman Oct 1, 2008 03:14 PM

      Might be a little overwhelming for you to filter through all that info. Are you coming on a weekend or weekday? Some restaurants are "romantic" during the week, a bit noisy & crowded on weekends. How important is the food compared to the romantic aspect. Do you want or need to be downtown? What kind of price range are you looking at. This might help us narrow it down for you.

    2. southlake Oct 1, 2008 06:24 PM

      i have the perfect place for you to celebrate.......i was just there last week on a business getaway and we had a great time...... the food was fabulous........from the bread to the dessert.....it's called chianti il ristorante..........http://www.chiantiristorante.com/
      check it out.....

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        gerchak Oct 2, 2008 06:34 AM

        For romance, I'd recommend Chez Sophie or Chianti.

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          MommyTwingle Oct 2, 2008 03:18 PM

          Thanks for the replies thus far. We will be there on a Saturday night, and as it turns out it is Skidmore College Parents Weekend, so I'm assuming we should make reservations soon. When we go out, we look for the whole experience; ambiance, food, and service. I don't mind paying if it's wonderful. We will be staying on Broadway but we have a car, so it doesn't have to be downtown. I just don't want to come home and hear, "Oh, you should have gone to...."

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            trakman Oct 2, 2008 08:14 PM

            Got to second the recommendation on Chianti's, and have posted info on this place before. Do a search on Chiantis and you will get a number of hits on this board. May have trouble getting into the place, given it's Parents Weekend. In fact, given Parents Weekend, may have trouble getting into a lot of places.

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              MommyTwingle Oct 23, 2008 10:40 AM

              Went with One Caroline Bistro as was recommended on another site, and I think you were all right.. We should have gone to Chianti's. One Caroline is a great, funky place with overpriced average food, and definitely not the atmosphere we were looking for. To top it all of, my brother made arrangements for a gift certificate to be waiting for me as my birthday gift, and the restaurant "forgot" to give it to me. When he called there days later to find out what had happened, they apologized, said it had never happened before, and offered him nothing as compensation. Needless to say, we won't be going back!

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              gerchak Oct 24, 2008 06:42 AM

              Yes, MommyTwingle, you blew it. I agree with your comments re 1 Caroline (also applies to its sister Mouzon House). I've always wondered how they could add the word "authentic," e.g., authentic paella, say, to something made with boneless, skinless, (tasteless) chicken breast, and ingredient which is not authentic anywhere!

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                markabauman Oct 26, 2008 01:15 PM

                I'm sadly disappointed for you. One Caroline's food is only rationalized to me by going on a Friday night when the owners' daughter, Sarah Pedinoti, a wonderful vocalist, is playing with her jazz group. Even then, you have to be selective with the food. Next time, Chianti, Chez Sophie or Max London's.

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                  sixelagogo Oct 26, 2008 05:44 PM

                  I recommend bleeker street. We left Caroline's without eating last year after really bad service, poor menu choices, and ridiculous prices. Glad the 15 mintues with no service rule was in effect, as it made our choice to leave easy.

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                    markabauman Oct 27, 2008 07:52 AM

                    Did you mean Beekman Street Bistro?

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                      sixelagogo Oct 27, 2008 03:05 PM

                      that's the one...my dude and i found it resonably priced, creativive and downright delightful

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                        financialdistrictresident Oct 27, 2008 05:37 PM

                        We liked Beekman Street Bistro too. I don't think it's romantic. I have not been to Chianti. I hear it can get quite lively. Not sure what Mommy Twingle's price range or cuisine preference is. If you have a car, Bloomer's might be an option (not overly romantic either, but really good food). It's not too far from Saratoga and you could avoid the whole Parent's Weekend scene. The Wine Bar is also very good. I've only been upstairs, maybe downstairs would be appropriate for an anniversary dinner. I think one of the most romantic restaurants is Yono's, but that's Albany, not Saratoga. You might want to check out www.thesaratogalife.com.

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