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Restaurant for a first date

ukitali Sep 20, 2010 08:30 AM

So I am being treated to dinner by a friend but it's up to me to pick the place since he's from out of town. This is sort of our first date so I'm looking for a place that has good food and drinks and more of a lively, upbeat atmosphere appropriate for people in their mid-twenties vs. a quiet romantic place. I think a tapas place or anywhere we could share small plates would be fun. We're open to all sorts of cuisine. Since he's treating I don't want a place that's outrageously expensive. I'd like to keep it around $100 total. Anywhere within a 10-15 block vicinity of Union Sq would work but I'm willing to venture further for something really good. Post dinner bar suggestions are welcome too. Thanks.

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  1. thew RE: ukitali Sep 20, 2010 08:34 AM

    for tapas you could go to bar carrerra on 2nd ave and 12th street.

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      edintern RE: ukitali Sep 20, 2010 08:39 AM

      the stanton social fits your requirements. plus, my now husband took me there on our first date!

      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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        daffyduck RE: edintern Sep 20, 2010 12:23 PM

        2nd this. there's also casa mono but if youre going on a date i think stanton social is better cause of how tiny casa mono is. i think alta is within 10-15 blocks of union square but i've never been there.

      2. dcole RE: ukitali Sep 20, 2010 08:39 AM

        Check out Boqueria - just outside USQ, or Tia Pol in Cheslea. Both places have great food and a great atmosphere. I really enjoy just sitting at the bar when going for tapas. Have fun!

        Tia Pol
        205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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          thew RE: dcole Sep 20, 2010 09:43 AM

          boqueria usually has a sizeable wait, if i recall correctly

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            dcole RE: thew Sep 20, 2010 12:12 PM

            Yes...prob best to call ahead and ask the average wait time of the night you are going. On a thurs, fri, sat night, might be best to make a reservation if going there. I'm not a huge fan of table seating for tapas though.
            Obviously you like Bar Carrerra - I have never been...how would you compare the food to Boqueria?

            53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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              thew RE: dcole Sep 20, 2010 01:09 PM

              the food at boqueria is probably a little better overall, but i have no complaints at all about carrerra. they make a dish (cutting and pasting here) EGG IN A BLANKET truffled egg in a mini brioche with Serrano ham & melted Manchego cheese , that's outstanding, and everything else i've had there is very good. the menu isn't as extensive as boqueria, and it's probably slightly more traditional as well. (hereabouts they call that authentic)

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                dcole RE: thew Sep 23, 2010 02:08 PM

                Awesome...thanks for the info. Going to have to check it out. Have always wanted to check out Bar Veloce and didn't know they were by the same group.

                Bar Veloce
                175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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