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Looking for a COZY, ROMANTIC restaurant in Manhattan!!

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Lem16 Jan 28, 2010 01:36 PM

My boyfriend and I are looking for a cute restaurant to go to with a relaxing atmosphere, basically something NOT pretentious. Since we are both recent graduates we have no money, so I'm looking for a place that's not too expensive; and preferably with italian or american cuisine and the neighborhood doesn't matter.. any suggestions??. thanks

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    boccalupo Jan 28, 2010 02:17 PM

    In Vino.

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      gutsofsteel Jan 28, 2010 07:25 PM

      I agree.

    2. Edwin E. Jan 28, 2010 02:24 PM

      Celeste on the UWS, great and super affordable italian - but go on an off night to avoid the rush dinner time which can get quite busy. I also just had a romantic dinner at David Burke's FishTail on the UES, which offers a great $35 3 course pre-fix.

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        gutsofsteel Jan 28, 2010 07:24 PM

        I really like Celeste but it is not cozy or romantic. It's crowded and loud!

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          LNG212 Jan 29, 2010 04:11 AM

          Completely agree with gutsofsteel. I like the food but "cozy, romantic" it certainly is not. And it's usually filled to the brim with families and lots of children.

          Maybe Pisticci? I don't think that's particularly romantic either but the food is great and it can be cozy, if you get one of the little areas by the walls or in the corner.

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            gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 04:37 AM

            You could also get a corner table at West Branch...(if you like the UWS idea...)

            Also another one to consider is Le Gigot...small and cozy and good food (French) in the village.

            Also downstairs at Il Buco...or maybe The Monday Room...

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        Will4Food Jan 29, 2010 04:43 AM

        Highly recommend GIANO, a very romantic (candlelilght) and very affordable and very Italian bistro on East 7th Street. Terrific service too.

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          haa Jan 29, 2010 06:16 AM

          Bacaro in Chinatown.

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            boccalupo Jan 29, 2010 06:26 AM

            I hesitate to recommend Bacaro, as the food is not stellar. But the downstairs room is one of the most cozy and romantic spots that I have experienced in NYC. And it is not too pricey.

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              coco99 Jan 29, 2010 06:40 AM

              Frankie's Spuitino on the LES. I haven't been to the original in Brooklyn but I used to go to Frankie's all the time when i lived in the hood. Great food, great prices, super cozy (esp. the table in the window) and it's a fun, young neighborhood to walk around in afterwards.

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                gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 06:44 AM

                It's cozy and romantic to sit in the window where everybody passing by can see you??

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              D...DF Feb 2, 2010 10:41 AM

              Second Bacaro. I respectfully disagree with Giano on food and romance.

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                Simon Dec 30, 2010 04:56 AM

                yeah, i thought the food at Giano was mediocre at best...

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                Giano
                126 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10009

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                  Pan Dec 31, 2010 07:35 PM

                  I agree with your assessment of Giano, based on a meal I had there which I felt impelled to criticize to the manager. I felt that I had paid about double my normal price to get supposedly innovative food that was inferior in taste to traditional Italian food I could have gotten at any number of other restaurants within an 8-block radius.

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              mch Jan 29, 2010 07:34 AM

              apizz could work.

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                Mrs.Sean Jan 29, 2010 07:41 AM

                The Place in the village. Some have said it's not what it used to be, but I disagree - husband and I had wedding anniversary dinner there in November (it was where we had our first date, five years prior, so that's a clue as to how romantic it is, hehe), and we were treated beautifully.

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                  coco99 Jan 29, 2010 07:56 AM

                  I've been to The Place and it is romantic but on the pricey side and super mellow
                  And it can be romantic to sit in the window and watch the world go by if you happen to be sitting on Clinton street- Broadway and 34th would be a different story. Of course we all have our own ideas of romance, which is probably a good thing, otherwise we'd all want to eat at the same restaurant...

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                    Lem16 Feb 1, 2010 10:39 AM

                    thanks for the great suggestions!

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                  windycity Feb 1, 2010 09:08 PM

                  La Lanterna Caffe on McDougal. Food is alright (Italian) but the setting is tres romantic with the lanterns glowing brightly

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                    scotty27 Dec 30, 2010 05:36 AM

                    I was going to say Gotham Bar & Grill, but then I saw the part about no money. Lupa is pretty wonderful and if you look into each other's eyes, the noise may seem magically to decrease. It's where I go for romance. Or a table at The Odeon.
                    www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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                    Lupa
                    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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                      Pan Dec 31, 2010 07:35 PM

                      Lupa is more quiet and sedate in the back room.

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                      Defal51 Jan 1, 2011 09:52 PM

                      Bouley, for lunch!

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