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Looking for a COZY, ROMANTIC restaurant in Manhattan!!

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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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    1. 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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      1. re: Edwin E.

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

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          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.

          1. re: LNG212

            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...

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

          1. re: haa

            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.

            1. re: boccalupo

              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.

              1. re: coco99

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

            2. re: haa

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

              1. re: D...DF

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

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

                1. re: Simon

                  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.