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Apr 19, 2010 01:15 PM

Date Locations in Manhattan

can anyone recommend a good but not very extravagant meat or dairy restaurant that would work for a date. Must be located in Manhattan.

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  1. Lots of options -

    Noidue (cheapest of the three)
    Mike's Bistro
    My Most Favorite Food

    There are lots of posts on each individual eatery on these boards.

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    1. re: tamarw

      I'd go with Noidue and would put Darna and Galil on the list as well. MMFF was incredibly overpriced. Haven't seen the new menu for the new location. Or you can try the meat indian place (forgot the name, but it's on 1st and 61st).

      1. re: craigcep

        I agree with Craig - Darna is stellar and I should have mentioned that.

        MMFF is overpriced but you can't deny it being a suitable date restaurant :)

        I haven't been to the meat Indian place but I would love to go there sometime.

        1. re: tamarw

          I would think that the Indian place, Dakshin II, would be a great choice since it is a bit out of the way and, therefore, quieter. The fact that it is delicious is another good reason to go (unless, of course, your date doesn't like Indian food).

          1. re: Kosher Critic

            Dakshin is good, at least for lunch. Like KC said, the only down side is if the date does not like Indian Food.

            1. re: vallevin

              If the date does not like Indian food, it it a good match for a chowhounder?

              1. re: Kosher Critic

                You can always offer two similarly-priced restaurants that offer different kinds of food, and let your date choose - Dakshin II vs. Darna, let's say.

      2. re: tamarw

        Mike's Bistro is one of the most expensive kosher restaurants in the city. It'd have to be a really, really good date.

        1. re: GilaB

          No doubt. But the food is great for any occasion.

        2. re: tamarw

          While the food at Noidue is very good bang-for-the-buck, I would not necessarily recommend it for a date. It is very noisy - hard to hold a conversation.

          Some of the other recommendations below which I would second are Darna and Cafe K (for dinner, not lunch).

          My favorite place is Abigael's, have lots of space and quiet. I'm not sure if you might consider this too "extravagent". Although, it is certainly less so than Mike's Bistro.

          You can find most menus on the web.

        3. Noidue seems too noisy to me. Indian, too much of a commitment to ask on a first date.
          I don't even have a lower priced option to recommend.

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          1. re: cappucino

            OP didn't say it was a first date.

            Had it been me, I would have far preferred an Indian place to where I went on my last first date, which was at Mr. Broadway's. Of course, that was 11 years ago, and we're married 10, so in the long run, it worked out! And back then, I don't know if my then-date would have been adventurous enough to try Indian food. But my now-husband now loves it!

          2. How about Cafe K. It's a decent first date.

            1. The new my most favorite might be okay - i think INdian is cool also - it'll definitely inspire conversation. Clubhouse Cafe is moderately priced but might be a skotsh noisy for your taste.

              1. Check out for a listing of offerings. They also offer a ranking of price 1-3. Mikes Bistro and My Most Favorite Food are both ranked as 3 (most expensive).

                I once got together with family and someone suggested My Most Favorite Food. I basically had the water and the bread and ate elseware after the get together . The prices were insane!