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Romantic East Village restaurant?

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Looking for a place that has excellent food and nice atmosphere. Any recommendations? Degustation?

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  1. How about The Redhead? My wife and I had an excellent meal there during a visit to NYC last month. I think its dark and cozy enough to be considered romantic, although it is fairly casual.

    1. Not Degustation. It's a counter/bar-like setting where you can end up rubbing elbows with the other party and where you can't help but listen to others converse.

      1. Try Aroma on 4th St. Fantastic Italian and very romantic atmosphere.

        Mermaid inn is also very romantic, but the food is spotty.

        If you're looking for a lighter meal, Grape and Grain has great wines, really romantic ambiance, and tasty small bites.

        1. Dieci on 10th, between 2nd and 1st Ave has very good food.

          Pylos has a nice atmosphere as well. I wouldn't call it super romantic, but it's very civilized. Food is great.

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            1. How about the garden at i Coppi (9th street between 1st and A) -- beautiful setting, candlelit, tables not crunched together, easy to hear your guest, and great reliable food.

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              1. re: fearlessemily

                La Vagna is also really nice.

              2. I think the most romantic place in the East Village is Apizz. Warm, dark, good food and wine.

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                1. re: princeofpork

                  Agree with Apizz

                  1. re: stephaniec25

                    Apizz is a fine suggestion except it's not in the East Village.

                2. wet towel looking to get romantic huh? for a low key, romantic bite rue b (ave b bet 11th and 12th) has always been a solid spot. jazz bar that has live music from time to time and serves some good paninis and salads.

                  another more low key romantic spot is wine bar/raw bar desnuda on 7th bet 1st and A.

                  www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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                  1. re: iFat

                    I just went to Desnuda for a romantic date. It was wonderful!!! The ceviche was exactly what I was looking for, crab and avacado, hamachi and apple and jalapeno. The wines were simple and lovely, and the space by the bar was airy and opened to the street. Everyone friendly and real.