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Casual, romantic

kk202 Aug 12, 2010 02:37 PM

Any recs? Does not have to be new--an old favorite? Cozy neighborhood joints? Prefer seafood and seasonal menu. Also love Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Mexican. I love French alas, hubby does not. No Italian restaurants.

Any neighborhood in Manhattan, but prefer to stay away from midtown and anything too trendy or a place with a scene.


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    chicfille Aug 18, 2010 08:53 AM

    Annisa,hands down, fits all your criteria. See my review.

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      kk202 Aug 16, 2010 04:09 PM

      OP: Thanks for the advice. Since we were going to Lincoln Center, for the sake of convenience, we tried Ed'S Chowder House. Never again. What a mistake. The worst soft-shell crab I have ever had. The chowders were mediocre at best--the New England clam chowder was particularly awful. Too smokey. The service was awful. That's what happens when you don't read reviews.

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      1. re: kk202
        RCC Aug 16, 2010 04:53 PM

        Never been there. Was it casual and romantic?

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        duckie Aug 14, 2010 09:27 PM

        Have you looked into Annisa? It's probably a little bit trendy now because of a recent NYT writeup. But otherwise, it fits your needs and I don't think it's too hard to get a table. They do fish extremely well and draw strongly on seasonal ingredients. Food is I guess best described as American with some Asian, Middle Eastern and African influences. Some people dress up for the dining room, which has white tablecloths, but no one will look at you funny if you don't.

        13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

        1. daffyduck Aug 14, 2010 10:18 AM

          if you like viennese food i think cafe sabarsky is nice, casual, and romantic. be sure to check their hours though because sometimes they close early.

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            bobstripower Aug 14, 2010 06:32 AM

            it was suggested we try Jubilee --its french,very nice and not real expensive

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              stephaniec25 Aug 13, 2010 08:12 PM

              Try Recette...the seafood is great and the menu is very seasonal.

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                chow_gal Aug 13, 2010 05:20 PM

                Apizz. Raoul's? Le Gigot. Sort of all over the place cuisine wise, but I find all 3 romantic, good food, reasonably priced. Raoul's highest priced of them all.

                Le Gigot
                18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

                217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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                1. re: chow_gal
                  RCC Aug 13, 2010 05:32 PM

                  Raoul's and Le Gigot may not be in OP's preference, given mention of hubby's non-preference of French.
                  Also, Apizz won't work ... as per "No Italian restaurants" condition by OP.

                  Le Gigot
                  18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

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                  kathryn Aug 12, 2010 09:36 PM

                  What are you thinking in terms of price? I find that seafood tends to be more expensive. Same for seasonal if you want lots of local/organic/etc ingredients. Is having to wait for a table acceptable?

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                  1. re: kathryn
                    kk202 Aug 13, 2010 01:50 PM

                    I don't mind waiting for a table. Price--$25-35 for main course...?

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