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My partner & I are seeing a film at the Landmark Cinema (Houston near 1st Ave.) this weekend and since I'm rarely in that area, I'm not sure what good dinner options are in the area. Looking for something low-key/romantic, casual, not insanely crowded. (Doesn't have to be super cheap, but that's always nice too!) We're flexible on cuisine. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. I recently had a nice meal at Tre on Ludlow, quite close to the Sunshine Cinema. It's cheap, pleasant and not crowded (on a Friday at 8pm). Note that it doesn't seem to be air conditioned, so if it's a hothothot day, you may be uncomfortable. I had three selections from their "street food" menu: fried artichokes, potato croquettes and braised eggplant. All were good, and a decent size portion for the price. My companions had pasta, which they liked. And although I am not a fan of sangria, Tre's is...not disgusting. And they give you a straw with it. I don't know how I feel about that, to be honest.

    http://www.trenewyork.com/home.html

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    1. re: small h

      A straw? Yes, that seems all kinds of wrong! Thanks for this rec, though. I like the look of the place & will definitely check it out.

    2. I am always recommending this place b/c I feel it's so underrated - if you are looking for "not insanely crowded" on a weekend night in the LES it can be tough too - try Antibes Bistro on Suffolk. I think it would work really well for what you're looking for, and the food's delicious!

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      Antibes Bistro
      112 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: mc22

        This one sounds pretty good too! Thank you.

      2. 'Lucien', just north of Houston at 1st Street and First Ave meets all of your requirements, I think -I've always had nice meals there, and the room really has a warm and inviting character. A gem, hidden in plain sight.

        Many people like 'Prune' -a little ways west of First Ave., also on 1st St.; the room is nice and I agree the menu's fine, but I've almost never seen it less than "insanely crowded."

        1. So, miss m,
          Where did you end up? Was it good?
          (And what'd you see at the movies?)

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          1. re: Phil Ogelos

            Hi Phil! As it it turned out, we did not end up going to the movies, hence we were not in the neighborhood. (We were going to see "I Am Love.")

            But...at least the next time we're down there we will be armed with lots of options on where to eat! Thank you. Lucien sounds great. And I'm ITA w/you on Prune--I've heard mixed things about it anyway, and it is always crowded.