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May 10, 2010 07:55 PM

Please suggest restaraunt: Best food in NY, romantic

Please suggest restaurants with the best dishes in NY + romantic scene, without cramped seating.

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  1. i like degustation. it's counter seating but i certainly didnt feel cramped.

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    1. re: daffyduck

      I was there this wknd and loved degustation. but i wouldn't classify it as romantic in any way. the seating is a little cramped and you're right on top of the chefs, which is by design.

      1. re: chewbie

        I agree. I iike Degustation, but it is not at all romantic.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          i find it very romantic there. not traditionally romantic, but it certainly is a place where romance can flower and thrive

          1. re: thew

            i disagree. It is very much a communal experience there.

            1. re: thew

              I find it romantic, maybe because of the lighting. I also like side by side seats. I I personally think side by side seating is more romantic. The fake yawn to put your arm around your date never fails. whoever invented that is a genus, must have been the same guy who thought of blowing on nitendo game cartidiges when they didn't work.
              I've had side by side seating at EMP and didn't think it was as romantic as Degustation, but I went for lunch and the dining area was really bright. So it might be a lot better during dinner.

      2. Bouley, downtown, is the most romantic spot in the city. And very fine (and beautiful) food.

        1. I have always found Jean Georges and Eleven Madison Park romantic if you get the side by side seats. I think at EMP you can also request the corner of a banquette.

          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

          Jean Georges
          1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: kathryn

            At Jean Georges, the most romantic tables are in the two cozy little alcoves on either side of the dining room, each with a table for two and side-by-side seating.

            At EMP, I think the most romantic seating would be one of the two corner tables for two set back against the wall under the upper level's overhang. You can see that area in this photo:

            I do think Bouley's opulent decor is romantic; however, I found the food at the one lunch we had there to be fine but not rave-worthy.

            As for counter seating, I don't think it's romantic regardless of the surrounding decor.

            1. re: kathryn

              i've never found side by side more romantic than face to face. romance lives in the eyes

              my dad used to say, when he saw a couple sit side by side" they can;t stand the sight of each other"

              1. re: thew

                Your statement re: Degustation: "i find it very romantic there..."

                You statement about side-by-side seating: "i've never found side by side more romantic than face to face. romance lives in the eyes."

                You seem to be at odds with yourself since most counter seating is side-by-side.

                1. re: RGR

                  because there are other factors that determine the romanticity of a place. and degustation has enough to override the side-by-side. also side by side at a counter is different from side by side at a table. why? i dunno. but thats how i feel

            2. My vote is for either EMP or Bouley. I just had a marvelous Mother's Day celebration at Bouley, and the floral arrangements were the most beautiful I've seen. The food was wonderful too! Service could not have been more attentive and polished.

              1. Reflecting my age, I would add the Four Seasons to your list ( The Pool room is very romantic (and you sit next, or across from...) and the people sometimes forget how terrific the food is, am what a wine list they have. Just bring your suit coat with the deepest pockets; it's worth it, but you'll need it.

                The Four Seasons
                99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022