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Hot Date Suggestion - Downtown

Met a guy 8 years ago, and we finally have a hot date. This kid is smart, sophisticated and all the all. I'd like a place that has excellent food, won't be a trendy tacky scene, but will be current, chic and delightful. I'd also like to get out for under $200 including good wine and a fair tip.

Nothing cuddly romantic, and nothing super famous. By way of reference, if I was in SF, I'd go to 1550 Hyde, in LA I'd go to Osteria Angelini or Cafe Stella.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. Not super romantic bu dark enough to not feel like you are eating in a highschool lunchroom, I would suggest Apizz on the LES. The food is great, you can have a good bottle of wine, quiet enough to hear each other talk and you will get out for under your $200. It is romantic enough to say "this isnt about being friends"

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    Apizz
    217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

    1. Apizz is a nice choice. I'd also recommend Sorella - similar vibe & location - or Little Giant

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      Apizz
      217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

      Little Giant
      85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

      Sorella
      95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: boccalupo

          I agree with Peasant, Apizz, and Little Giant.

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          Apizz
          217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

          Little Giant
          85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

          1. re: boccalupo

            Oooo ya, even downstairs at Peasant SCREAMS hot date. I'm going to second this one.

            www.thelunchbelle.com

          2. Peasant - very rustic and charming, great food
            Perilla - great food, nice ambience, not too romantic but it would work
            Kittichai - dark, sexy, great food and drinks

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            Perilla
            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

            Kittichai
            60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: grouchomarx

              I must disagree with Kittichai, I have had 2 terrible meals there. Small portions, rude service and food that looked great but was just average. I was romantic though.

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              Kittichai
              60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: princeofpork

                I second this, Kittichai's lovely but food isn't good enough for the price.

            2. i agree that Peasant and Appiz sound good for this...Scarpetta if you want to go higher end...

              but i have to say the best first date restaurant in Manhattan, imho and the opinion of a great many women, is Malatesta...rustic, summery, bizarrely inexpensive, and close to the Hudson for a nice walk after dinner...