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Casual dinner for two near UN?

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Porter Oct 8, 2009 08:06 AM

The wife and I are looking for recommendations for casual dinner spots w/in a short walk or cab ride of the UN. Saturday night. Oct. 31. Want to avoid the party crowd (we are both 29, but we are looking for a nice date, not a bar/restaurant with a Halloween bash).

Don't want to spend more than $150. Love great food and service, hate pretentiousness.

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    Jane A. Oct 8, 2009 08:26 AM

    Check out Cibo at 2nd Ave. and 41st Street. Doubt that they'll have any sort of Halloween "scene" although they may have a few decorations around. http://cibonyc.com

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      glutton08 Oct 8, 2009 09:10 AM

      Convivio is great for Italian and it's VERY close to the UN in Tudor City. You may have trouble staying under $150 though, especially if you're drinking as well.

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        trinyc Oct 8, 2009 09:12 AM

        There are some good Japanese choices---Sakagura, Sushi Yasuda (though Yasuda might be close to your price range).

        Also recommend Convivio.

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          Gigi007 Oct 8, 2009 09:29 PM

          +1 for Convivio. But it will definitely be tough to stay within $150 if you include wine/alcohol,

        2. hcbk0702 Oct 8, 2009 09:35 PM

          Both Convivio and Sushi Yasuda are excellent, but $150 is not going to be enough for two, unless that's the food-only budget (not including wine, tax, tip etc.).

          If you like izakayas, Sakagura is a great choice and fits your budget.

          1. Bob Martinez Oct 9, 2009 07:37 AM

            Although I haven't been myself people I trust have said good things about Pera, a Turkish restaurant on 41st St. and Madison.

            http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/pera-brasserie/

            http://www.peranyc.com/index.html

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            Pera
            303 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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