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Valentine's Day Dinner for after Valentine's Day

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whitneybee Feb 9, 2009 04:46 AM

Due to a long-planned trip, my SO will be out of town on Valentine's Day, so we're opting to go out to dinner one day early next week instead. The problem is that we can't figure out where to go.

I initially suggested Opus, on the UES, but it was deemed "not special enough." We were also looking at the price-fixe menu at Bello Sguardo on the UWS, but my gluten-free self found that a bit too limiting/challenging.

So what I'm looking for is suggestions for places that would be "special," but also fun, with food that I can safely eat on a gluten-free diet. He lives on the UWS and I'm in the East Village/Alphabet City, so somewhere in or close to one of those two areas would be ideal, but we're also willing to travel within Manhattan if it's easily accessible by subway or bus. Entrees that are $25 or under would be great. We're both big seafood fans (we loved Ocean Grill a few weeks ago) and he's not too big on red meat. He's not the biggest fan of Indian food, and I'd prefer not to go for Italian food unless they have a gluten-free menu like Opus does. I like tapas-style food, and I don't know if he's ever tried it, so I was thinking Alta might be fun.

So, Chowhounders, where should we go? Any suggestions you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  1. egit Feb 9, 2009 11:29 AM

    I just did a Pre-VDay dinner at Degustation on Saturday night. Firstly, let me say that it was incredible. We went a little crazy, and got the 10 course tasting menu. But you wouldn't have to do that.

    The menu is pretty much all small plates with an average price around $10. I'm pretty sure you could find plenty to eat within Gluten Free restrictions. And you could probably get plenty of food for not a lot of money.

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      whitneybee Feb 11, 2009 10:42 AM

      I'd love to try Degustation, but I'm concerned it might be a bit adventurous for him. Do you have any suggestions along a similar vein? Thanks!

      1. re: whitneybee
        egit Feb 11, 2009 12:06 PM

        I don't mean to sound like I'm proselytizing for Jack and Grace Lamb... but you may want to look into Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar. I haven't been there in several years, but some friends went there for New Years Eve and raved about their meal. Not a lot of red meat. A lot of seafood. Not sure about the gluten.

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      r0cc00 Feb 9, 2009 11:15 AM

      May I suggest - Lure - this Sunday for the restaurant week $35 - three course dinner.
      Trendy & interesting & the food is priced right IMO.

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