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tlowenfels Sep 24, 2010 06:15 AM

I am going an a first date this weekend. Basically a blind date. Looking for a good place to take a young lady. I live in Chelsea, she lives in Murray hill, so somewhere downtown-ish, East or West village included. I like almost any kind of food, but I am not really sure what her likes/dislikes are. Basically, I am looking for a place where we can get some nice drinks/wine and some good food. Doesn't need to be super fancy, but would like it to be a place that would impress a girl in her mid 20's. Also a place where we can hear each other talk without having to shout. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

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    jycnyc RE: tlowenfels Sep 24, 2010 06:52 AM

    The Place (*highly recommended)
    Home
    August
    Mari Vanna (OK food, but very nice decor)
    Craftbar
    Cafe Cluny

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    Cafe Cluny
    284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Mari Vanna
    41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

    1. daffyduck RE: tlowenfels Sep 24, 2010 07:07 AM

      what's your price range and what are your likes and dislikes?

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        tlowenfels RE: daffyduck Sep 24, 2010 07:23 AM

        Around $100, I guess, but that can be somewhat flexible. To give you an idea, one of my favorites is Momofuku Ssam Bar. I also like tapas, peruvian/ceviche, spicy stuff, unique brick oven pizza places, Mediterranean food, places that have really good drinks. Probably would want to stay away from sushi, indian, and things like that. But I am open to most things as long as they are good. Hope that helps.

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        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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          thew RE: tlowenfels Sep 24, 2010 07:29 AM

          i think ssam is a great 1st date place. hip, good food, the menu inspires conversation

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            fm1963 RE: thew Sep 24, 2010 08:06 AM

            Ssam wouldn't be a good choice if the OP is unsure about his blind date's taste in food.

            Casa Mono would be a better option - equally energetic, more accessible food, and more comfortable chairs as well.

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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              sgordon RE: thew Sep 24, 2010 03:24 PM

              Also, you never know how long you'll be stuck waiting in line at Ssam. Never good on a first date.

              My downtown recs:
              Prune
              Falai
              The Orchard
              Apiary

              A little fancier: WD-50 (the food would certainly be a conversation starter...)

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              WD-50
              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

              Falai
              68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        2. iFat RE: tlowenfels Sep 24, 2010 10:20 PM

          Aright man, with all due respect to the other posters, this question is right in my wheelhouse. If you want to go to a cocktail bar with excellent food, go to Cienfuegos or Death & Co both on 6th bet. 1st and A. You want an automatic good time restaurant? impress her with your style and take her to Raoul's in Soho. Everyone loves Raouls. Can't go wrong right there. Something heavy on the drinks and heavy on the food, try Yerba Buena in the East Village. And if all else fails, Apizz is always there for you on the LES.

          www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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          Apizz
          217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

          Yerba Buena
          23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Cienfuegos
          95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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            princeofpork RE: iFat Sep 25, 2010 03:44 AM

            Excellent suggestions although it may be tough to stay under 100 at Apizz or Yerba Buena. I would add Mayuhel to the list. Great drinks, good food, lively atmosphere.

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            Apizz
            217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

            Yerba Buena
            23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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              Nancy S. RE: princeofpork Sep 25, 2010 05:41 AM

              I think Mayuhel is perfect as well (the drinks are spectacular and the atmosphere is great), and I'm also a fan of Yerba Buena.

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              Yerba Buena
              23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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                feynmix RE: Nancy S. Sep 25, 2010 08:33 AM

                Mayahuel is pretty much perfect - but might be difficult to stay under $100.

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                Mayahuel
                304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

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                  princeofpork RE: feynmix Sep 25, 2010 09:18 AM

                  The drinks at Mayhuel and YB are all around 12-14 each. SO if you have 2 rounds you are already half way to your limit.

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