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Seafood girlfriend birthday dinner...

bmccnyc Nov 5, 2008 07:20 AM

Looking for any recs for a nice, seafood-focused restaurant for a romantic birthday dinner, ideally below 14th St., LES, EV, WV, etc...thanks!!!

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    KTinNYC RE: bmccnyc Nov 5, 2008 07:50 AM

    I'll suggest Tides once again. The seafood is delicious, the room is dark and cozy, and the service is friendly. Cash only.

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      kathryn RE: bmccnyc Nov 5, 2008 10:33 AM

      Most seafood places in NYC aren't romantic for whatever reason since a lot of them are on the casual fish shack vein. Tides sounds like a good option (have never been), and I'd look into Aquagrill (not the most romantic but the oysters are awesome) as well as Lure (which is done up like a giant cruise ship, and is on the hip side).

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        bmccnyc RE: kathryn Nov 5, 2008 11:54 AM

        Yeah, that did worry me, but I read a bunch of reviews of Tides (along with KT's) which all seemed to agree that the ambiance was very nice here, definitely romantic, not like Mary's Fish Camp or someplace like that...

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          MMRuth RE: bmccnyc Nov 5, 2008 11:55 AM

          The room at Tides is very pretty. I wasn't thrilled with the food, but have only been once, and it's probably two years ago now.

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            RGR RE: bmccnyc Nov 5, 2008 04:59 PM

            I've always liked Tides. It is teensy, has sleek decor and a very unusual ceiling, i.e., bamboo made to look like seaweed. You can see photos of the interior on their website.


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              HazeyB RE: RGR Nov 6, 2008 05:58 AM

              I think that you'll find Tides has either closed or changed their food focus. I just read something recently about it and when I checked the website there was no menu, etc. By the way, never was very good...I'd go to Blue Ribbon for their great raw bar and other assorted seafood pleasures.

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                prdct RE: HazeyB Nov 6, 2008 09:39 AM

                I just checked and there IS a menu on the website and it does not seem to indicate any focus shift. I thought the food was quite good the one time I ate there but it was over a year ago.

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            downtownstefanie RE: kathryn Nov 6, 2008 10:53 AM

            I'll 2nd Lure.

          3. MsAlyp RE: bmccnyc Nov 6, 2008 08:48 AM

            What about le bernardin since it's a special occasion? I think that is romantic with obviously great sea food.

            1. ChefJune RE: bmccnyc Nov 6, 2008 10:53 AM

              When I think "Seafood" and "Romantic" in the same sentence, I think of Le Bernardin.

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