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Sep 11, 2009 12:15 PM

good date spot in the east village...jack's luxury oyster bar? degustation? perbacco?

im kind of at a loss here. i have a rather special date next week in the east village and dont want something over the top but it should be in the east village or by clinton street in the LES...

i can't really think of anything that is comfortable yet good for a date in that area.

ive been to degustation and thought maybe 4 dishes and a glass of wine would be a good idea but id like something a bit more private...

any ideas here?

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  1. Perbacco is great
    Also: Pylos, Lavagna, Tre, apizz, Freeman's, Apiary

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Perbacco is loud and cramped as you would expect at virtually all the EV trattorias. In addition some find the food a bit strange, the progressive dishes seem a bit cooking schoolish to me, sorta like the chef is trying to hard. Not a good spot for a special date...Degustation is not private at all, but for foodies, its romantic....Peasant might fit, although its a bit west of the EV...

      1. re: LeahBaila

        I dont think Pylos or Freeman's would be in the romantic category tho.

        I did valentines at Jack's, it's a winner. Subtext and ambiance.

        Aroma on E 4th, just west of Bowery. It's small but quiet and cozy, great food in house sommelier (i think its the owner) really friendly people. Def call ahead, they have 2 high tables in the covered vestibule, I usually ask to not be seated at those. Still I heart this place big.

      2. The food may be a notch or two down from Jack's or Degustation, but you may want to consider il buco. You can put together a really nice meal just from their various apps. It's very cozy, and you'll probably get a little more privacy than at the places you mentioned. Allen and Delancy might be a nice option too, even though it's a little out of your specified area.

        1. anyone have any experience with salt bar on clinton? or sorella?

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          1. re: sam1

            Love Sorella, great date spot.

            1. re: sam1

              I wouldn't go to salt bar for a date; at least not a date where you're hoping for a cozy, private spot. It has it charms. Or it had its charms; they went through a mgmt change a few months ago and the menu changed, the vibe changed, the staff changed, etc. I used to go there about once a week for several months. Haven't been there since... hmm.... early July, I think.

              1. re: sam1

                Sorella would be good for a date, if you can score a table in the back (they don't take reservations). Like Perbacco, there's a risk of sharing a communal dining space if you eat in the front. The same is true of Salt Bar, which is also impossibly loud.

                Of course, if Sorella's in your sights, Allen & Delancey makes sense too. I like the look of Antibes on Suffolk for a date, but I haven't yet eaten there so can't comment on the food.

                1. Little Giant might work, if you're willing to go below Delancey. I wouldn't call it private, exactly, but it is pretty cozy. I've only been there once, and I loved the food.


                  I like Perbacco a lot also, but I concur with Cpalms - loud, cramped.