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Need help for a first semi-formal date

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Hi there,

I am looking for a place for a semi formal date this weekend.

Here are the requirements :
- Japanese restaurant
- Sushi or Non-Sushi is fine
- Authentic
- Romantic and somewhat quiet
- Definitely no bright place
- Location - anywhere in Manhattan
- We don't prefer tiny place, or least no elbow-to-elbow space
- Price is not an issue but I am not looking to spend Masa price range

Thank you.

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  1. Try Kyo Ya. Do a search as there are reviews from recent diners (dates!)

    1. 15 East fits the bill

      www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. It's not in manhattan, but Zenkichi in Williamsburg would be perfect. The booths are very private and intimate, the atmosphere is romantic, and the food is very authentic.

        In Manhattan I'd recommend Naka Naka, and Rosanjin

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        1. re: quizkiddonniesmith

          Zenkichi is nice ... too bad it's in the borough.

          I will check out Rosanjin, but Rosanjin only offers tasting menu.

        2. Sakagura should work too

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          1. re: xigua

            Thank you, the problem with Sakagura is the place is more like a sake bar ...

            The food is pretty decent for the price but I've frequent Sakagura since the late 90s, I really prefer something newer.

            And the table is not that romantic because the space is too wide if you seat face each other. Sometimes, your clothes smell too.