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Mar 24, 2010 12:13 AM

romantic downtown restaurant in an impressive room?

I'm taking my boyfriend to dinner for his birthday this Tuesday. Since we live in Brooklyn, I'd like take him somewhere new and was hoping to treat him to a romantic dinner somewhere below 14th street in Manhattan. Money is a bit of concern, so I'd like to stay under $200. We're both particularly adventurous eaters, though my boyfriend is a bit scared of fish that isn't sushi for some reason. He loves Italian.

Most important to me is the space. My boyfriend would appreciate being brought somewhere unusual. We just ate at 1 or 8 in Williamsburg, and while we liked the food, he was most excited about the Eames barstools and the white-painted branches hanging over the tables. Examples of spaces I find way too generic are Hearth and Apizz. Peasant as it was a few years ago would have sufficed, but it's become a bit crowded and loud.

Any suggestions?

217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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  1. Rayuela is a beautiful room, complete with tree. Bar Blanc is spare, but pretty cool looking, I think. I've not been to Los Feliz, although I've eaten at Suba, the restaurant it replaced. It's underground, and labyrinth-y.

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    1. re: small h

      Los Feliz looks marvelous, I'd never heard of it. Thank you!

      Los Feliz
      109 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

      1. re: bronwen

        The space is impressive and overall a great place with good ambiance, drinks, etc, but the food was just okay when I was there...

      1. Downstairs at Bacaro may work as far as decor, although I don't think the food is quite up to par. Very romantic space though.

        136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

        1. Maybe Minetta Tavern if you don't mind either waiting for a table or eating at an off time.

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          1. Tocqueville is a stunning room with a gorgeous onyx bar -- not to mention fantastic food.