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Cozy place in Manhattan for special date :-)

I'm coming to NYC this week and I look for a restaurant to bring my gf. It can be anywhere in Manhattan. Looking for a cozy modern trendy place, with good food of any kind, with a slight preference for indian, japanese, seafood but absolutely not italian, I'm italian and I'm a good cook at home myself ;-). Alternatively, it could be a good bar or lounge with good cocktails. What I'm looking for is a place with atmosphere (a good view wouldn't be bad too) and not too loud cause I have some talk to do ;-)
I'm sure you can help me out there.

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    1. cocktails:

      angel's share
      death & co
      Pegu club
      PDT (has great hot dogs too)

      modern food (trying to keep your prefs in mind):
      degustation
      dhaba (modern indian)
      matsuri
      sakagura
      mermaid inn
      public

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      1. re: thew

        Seems Angel's share could be a good option for a bar...unfortunately most of these bars don't have decent pics on internet. The 2 Japanese places for food (Matsuri and Sakagura) looks appealing so I'm waiting for a second opinion on them to decide for a dinner place.
        Thank u!

        1. re: thew

          Angel's Share and Death & Co. are great -- but both have very strict door policies and not a lot of space. May not be great for the OP showing up on a weekend.

          1. re: robertgoulet

            There is no door policy at Death & Co. or Angel's Share. There is a very strict limit to the number of people allowed in at any given time as standing is not allowed so the number in the door is limited to the number of seats. This doesn't qualify as a door policy in my book.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              and while i have had to wait, it was never outrageously long in either place. in fact i don;t think i ever waited at death & co, and never more than 10-15 minutes at angel's share

              1. re: thew

                Wow! I've often waited for Death & Co on a Friday night or Saturday especially if I got there after 9ish. So long that in fact sometimes they never called because space never opened up.

                D&C only stay open until about 1am or 2am and they don't let in new customers after a certain point, to keep crowds down. I only go Sunday to Thursdays now and try to show up before 8pm.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Same thing has happened to me when I've gone around 9.

        2. Temple Bar for cocktails. Seriously, if you're looking for atmosphere and privacy, this is the place, though others may have more cutting-edge mixology (not that the bartenders at Temple are slouches).

          Maybe start out at Sala (around the corner, on Bowery) for tapas first.

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          1. re: cjd260

            From what I have seen in pics, the Temple Bar does not exactly look like the kind of place I'm looking for in terms of design (of course I'm not talking about cocktails). One more hint: I assume we won't be going there in the weekend but more probably on some weekday - to avoid too much crowd and difficulties in finding a table or seat. Thanks everyone for ur help and please don't stop!

          2. Woo Lae Oak in Soho is a great date spot. Korean BBQ so you cook your own stuff in the middle of the table. Lots of fun.

            Aleks

            1. Time for some feedback I guess...
              Thanks to the very useful info found on this website and topic, I had a good pick at Sakagura (I let my GF have the final word after all), been there on monday night and I really liked the place and the food and the drinks too, the service had no flaws, the bill was not cheap but I wasn't really expecting any different, the only little unmatching thing would probably be the low bebop jazz music background which was nice but kinda had nothing to do with the place, but it is a very tiny defect in an overall very nice place.
              Will probably try Angel's Share tomorrow night and then I will give u my personal opinion on that too. Meanwhile, I had lunch at Tamarind some days ago and I loved my lamb with curry and almonds and even if the place isn't really special as for decor and so on, the ambient is nice and the food was surely worth.
              Thank u again everybody :-)

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              1. re: lariam

                i'm not a big fan of Sakagura overall, but why do say the "low bebop jazz music...had nothing to do with the place"?...if you'd been to Japan, you'd know that that's exactly what many places in Tokyo and Osaka and Kobe would play, as Japan has a lot of jazz fanatics...