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Jan 10, 2009 01:08 PM

Romantic yet cheap restaurants?

I am having a friend come up to NYC which she has never been and am looking for a romantic restaurant to take her to. I know there are many out there but quite a few are just way to expensive for me. I also do not travel to the city much being so busy with college. The price range for the two of us is at most $100 for the whole meal (if possible). She also does not drink so bars and such would not be worth really going to but any type of restaurant would be good. Thanks for all the help.

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  1. I had a nice meal at Paprika in the East Village. I went with friends but I thought it would be a nice spot for a romatic meal as well. The gnocchi I had were excellent, as were my friend's lobster ravioli. We split the polenta starter, which was also good. I thought it was reasonably priced. If you go before 7pm, you can have a starter and main from the prix fixe menu for $12.95.

    1. Two suggestions, if your idea of romance is a small, dark, quietish place with a rustic feel.

      Piadina is cheap as dirt.

      Itzocan is a little less cheap than dirt, and the food's a bit better than at Piadina.

      1. Is lunch an option? If so, I'd suggest Jean Georges, which gives you two courses for $28 with additonal courses at $14 (dessert $8) would need to wear a jacket...
        Another lunch deal is Fleur de Sel - they offer 3 courses for $29 and 5 for $46...

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        1. re: David W

          unless things have changes, a jacket is not required at jean georges at lunch - i've been to lunch there a handful of times in a nice shirt (sometimes a tie) but never a jacket - its never been a problem

          1. re: aahnnt

            Absolutely. When I went there for lunch with my brother, we dressed casually but neatly - no tie, no jacket. I think he wore jeans, and I wore hiking boots. Our service was impeccable.

        2. Well if she doesn't drink, that will certainly make things easier for you in terms of the $$$. Anyways, assuming that their inside garden is heated (and now that I'm thinking about it, it might not be which would make this all moot), I'd go to La Lanterna Caffe. You can call to find out though, and it would definitely fit well within your price range.

          Inside it is quite dark, which is romantic in a way, but not nearly as nice as the garden. They also have a downstairs area where there is live jazz.

          edit: I just looked at the website and right there in big letters it says the Winter Garden is open. I think it is exactly what you are looking for.

          1. Second Itzocan.

            Or Tanti Baci for good, cheap Italian in an underground type setting with low lighting (which I found to be romantic) (