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Romantic dinner, Midtown to Financial district

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Now that Valentine's day is over, I am looking for place for a romantic anniversary dinner, anywhere in Manhattan south of Central Park.

Cuisine - Continental; Italian, Greek, Spanish, all OK. Seafood not required as a strong point. Indian, Burmese, Malayan, Indonesian also OK.

Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese not OK.

Dress code - someplace where a jacket and tie or suit is not required, but would not be out of place.

Price - $150 or so for two. EMP, The Modern, etc too upscale. Ambience and atmosphere are important, food should be good but need not be "best ever" or "fantastic."

Maybe it is the music on the website, but Molyvos seems to fit the bill. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Le Gigot is a cozy French spot in the Village that would meet your price guidelines.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I suggest August (wv), Alta, Kefi (uws) or maybe Morandi in the wv.

      1. re: jacquelines

        Does August take reservations? I've still not tried it.

    2. ugh, molyvos is godawful.

      1. Would not call Kefi romantic -- it's more on the loud and bright side. And it's also north of your target area.

        Check out Devi -- very good, interesting Indian with a pretty romantic setting. I think they are still doing restaurant week in addition to their regular menu, but I think you could easily stay within your price range.

        Alta also can be romatic if it's not too crowded.

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        1. re: JMJD

          Alta is romantic if you make a reservation earlier in the evening and ask for a seat upstairs. Apizz on the Lower east Side is also pretty romantic and has very good Italian food.

          1. re: ukitali

            Have cancelled reservations at Molyvos. Devi and Alta and Apizz all look great - the right type of ambience and atmosphere. Unless someone suggests otherwise, I will choose one of these three.

            Thanks to all for their suggestions!