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Need help for a first semi-formal date

foodoof Jan 12, 2009 04:29 PM

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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    xigua Jan 13, 2009 08:22 AM

    Sakagura should work too

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    1. re: xigua
      foodoof Jan 13, 2009 06:12 PM

      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.

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      quizkiddonniesmith Jan 13, 2009 05:25 AM

      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
        foodoof Jan 13, 2009 06:15 PM

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

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

      2. LeahBaila Jan 13, 2009 04:09 AM

        15 East fits the bill


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          kobetobiko Jan 12, 2009 09:34 PM

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

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