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Jan 15, 2010 07:29 AM

Date Night - Help?

I generally just browse through all these posts looking for something to spark some interest (which usually happens!) but now I actually have a real reason to post!
I'm looking for somewhere good to eat this weekend, and I'm stumped. My boyfriend and I typically go to not-so-expensive restaurants, like Terroni, Hope Street, Sette Mezzo (he's in law school and I just started working, therefore our wallets don't stretch too far!). We need somewhere new to try, nothing too crazy, but I'm just stumped as to where to go... Any suggestions for a place to go for a good dinner (italian, american, greek, chinese, anything!) that won't cost $100 each?
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Sorry for being a broken record, but I would strongly recommend Negroni, for a fun inexpensive dinner. There's a long, recent thread extolling its virtues, so I won't go into detail here. :)

    If you want something a little more traditional than panini, then its sister restaurant, Sidecar, is good value. There's a $24 prix fixe from Sundays - Wednesdays that I think is one of the better dinner values in the city.

    1. I agree with Negroni, but also Weezie's on King East is a good, casual resto with a good burger. Table 17 on Queen East is good too.

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      1. re: restaurantarian

        Weezie's would be perfect....good choice restaurantarian. Also consider Pastis. I think your budget could be quite manageable providing you limit the alcohol.

      2. Consider Harlem (Richmond & Church). It easily meets your price criteria. See other postings on this board.

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        1. re: DRD

          I second Harlem as well as their sister restaurant, Harlem Underground.

        2. Thank you so much for the suggestions! I'll definitely check out all these places.


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          1. re: staceya02

            How about an ethnic leap? I love Ethiopian for date nights. There's something intimate about sharing from the same platter and eating unusual spices and textures with our hands. Korean is also fun, with all the funky side dishes. A banh hoi platter for 2 at a Vietnamese restaurant might be fun too. You get some meats, spring rolls, shrimp paste on sugarcane, an herb plate and a pile of rice papers. Wrap and dip your own handmade rolls. Another idea if you're meat eaters is beef 7 ways at Anh Dao on Spadina. Any of these dinners for 2 will be well under $100 for 2, even with drinks.

          2. I would definitely suggest you try Silver Spoon on Roncesvalles. Their last service will be January 22nd (they're closing), but until then you can get a very high quality meal with very professional service in a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Really a perfect date spot.

            Silver Spoon
            390 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M9, CA

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            1. re: pastabroccoli

              FYI, Silver Spoon is booked solid for tonight. I left them a voicemail this morning asking for a 7:30 reservation and got a call back saying nothing's available. If you want a last hurrah at Silver Spoon, you'll need to plan ahead.

              It's a great recommendation though. An excellent date spot. Roncesvalles will miss Silver Spoon dearly.