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please help: french, affordable, romantic, authentic

rion Oct 30, 2008 12:54 PM

our one meal alone in the city, eating with a group the other nights. thanks!

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  1. MMRuth RE: rion Oct 30, 2008 01:01 PM

    Look into Le Gigot (put title:gigot in the search box). How much would you like to spend for the two of you?

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      rion RE: MMRuth Oct 30, 2008 01:16 PM

      thank you...prefer to be under $250

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        erica RE: rion Oct 30, 2008 03:40 PM

        Le Gigot is lovely and you can get out for far less than that for 2 people. Be aware that the eating is a little cramped, though.

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          rion RE: erica Oct 30, 2008 05:04 PM

          thank you!

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        a_and_w RE: MMRuth Oct 31, 2008 09:23 AM

        Bingo -- this was always one of my go-to reasonable and romantic places. Someone (guttergourmet?) just posted a review saying it's still going strong.

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        italianagambino RE: rion Oct 30, 2008 01:25 PM


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          MMRuth RE: italianagambino Oct 30, 2008 03:44 PM

          I've only been to L'Absinthe once, but found it a little over priced for the quality of the food. Any particular dishes you like there?

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            chrispypanfry RE: MMRuth Nov 2, 2008 08:22 PM

            i had an amazing dinner there once. the truffle poached chicken was seriously phenomenal.

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          nlmnyc RE: rion Oct 30, 2008 06:24 PM

          No question....Le Bateau Ivre...awesome food, affordable menu and wine list....treat you like family.

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            Jane A. RE: nlmnyc Oct 31, 2008 08:17 AM

            Le Bateu Ivre is not in any way romantic, IMHO.

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              Sophia. RE: nlmnyc Oct 31, 2008 11:02 AM

              I agree...and there's a corner booth that is pretty cozy. if sharing mussels is your idea of romance, it's great!

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              chow_gal RE: rion Oct 31, 2008 07:25 AM

              Gascogne, 8th and 18th Street.

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                ChefJune RE: chow_gal Nov 3, 2008 10:48 AM

                I love both Gascogne and Le Gigot for romantic and excellent food! Take your pick.

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                nycwebdesign8 RE: rion Oct 31, 2008 10:29 AM

                Marseille (44th & 9th) the food is better than it has to be


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                  Striver RE: nycwebdesign8 Oct 31, 2008 11:33 AM

                  We like Marseille and have eaten there several times, but I wouldn't call it "romantic".

                  Add my vote for Le Gigot to satisfy the OP's criteria.

                2. Sommelier RE: rion Oct 31, 2008 02:17 PM

                  Capsuoto Freres.Make sure you order dessert souff├ęs!

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                    sara333 RE: Sommelier Oct 31, 2008 03:13 PM

                    Wouldn't necessarily say that Capsuto Freres is particularly romantic -- interesting and attractive, perhaps, but not so cozy. Le Gigot definitely gets my vote.

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                      ChefJune RE: Sommelier Nov 3, 2008 10:49 AM

                      I love Capsouto, but wouldn't call it especially romantic. It is, however, great food at an excellent price, and exemplary service.

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                        04e46conv RE: Sommelier Nov 3, 2008 04:07 PM

                        +1 !

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                        cimui RE: rion Oct 31, 2008 06:21 PM

                        le gigot is very cute, but the seating is so close together, i find it really hard to just focus on my SO, there. (too much uninentional eavesdropping going on.)

                        ouest is about the same price, the food is better, IMO, and seating not as tight.

                        ouest isn't overtly romantic -- it's more comfortable / classy neighborhood bistro than date central -- but if you get a booth and enjoy your senses, the good smell of the fresh baked baguettes for the table, the delicious food, the comfortable, low-key atm, and you take your time, i think it can be deeply romantic. it's really just a relaxed, comfortable place with very good, sometimes even amazingly good, food.

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                          Sommelier RE: cimui Nov 25, 2008 02:21 PM

                          One of the plusses for Capsouto Freres is that the seating is spacious: the people at the next table won't be able to listen in on whatever sweet nothings you're whispering into that special person's ear.

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                          fullmanti RE: rion Nov 2, 2008 05:34 PM

                          Jean Claude, 137 Sullivan.

                          1. vvvindaloo RE: rion Nov 2, 2008 05:53 PM

                            I think Le Gigot fits the bill quite nicely. It's quite small, though, so I suggest you make a reservation.

                            1. Spends Rent on Food RE: rion Nov 3, 2008 10:43 AM

                              My wife and I end up at Cosette whenever we're looking for: French; affordable; romantic and authentic. Very cozy warm atmosphere on 33rd st near 3rd.

                              FYI it's BYO at the moment because of a paperwork error.

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                                simetrias RE: rion Nov 25, 2008 04:19 PM

                                I second Le Gigot.... might add Jarnac and, believe it or not, L'Ecole.

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                                  lisalu RE: rion Nov 29, 2008 06:04 PM

                                  Marsielle can be very touristy since it's in the theater district

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