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Nov 11, 2010 01:24 PM

Anniversary dinner - cozy but excellent food recommendations?

So my boyfriend and I are celebrating our 5 year anniversary in a couple of weeks. I know there have been a lot of posts about romantic spots, but we're looking for something around $150 total for the two of us (including a glass of wine or so each) but we're willing to spend a little more if its worth it, unpretentious place, with solid, good food and really some soul, not just the newest trendy place. Cuisine preferences: anything other than Japanese/Chinese/Thai. Currently considering Blue Hill (too expensive?), Degustation (expensive but is it worth it?), Graffiti (does the shared seating kill privacy?) I havent been to any of these places yet, but they all seem to be very popular for this kind of occasion. Any other recommendations for something perhaps a bit more cozy?


Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Degustation is worth it but will bust your budget. The 10-course tasting menu is now $80/person, unless I'm very much mistaken, and that's before adding the cost of wine. You could get the 5-course tasting, but if you're going there, I would think 10 courses would be the right way to go. I would think Blue Hill would also bust your budget, but look at their menu online if you haven't already done so.

    I think you should consider Apiary. They have a $35 prix fixe Monday-Thursday plus Sundays if you want to save money. See what you think:

    1. I'm on the UWS I like Ouest for a quiet romantic dinner.
      The booths are wonderful and i like sitting next to each other in a booth always sexy and romantic. That's me :)
      And the food is good.

      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      1. 5 year anniversary? How about getting married instead of dinner. Try appiz, dark, cozy and excellent food.

        1. Degustation cozy? Nope. You;ll be sitting on a bar like environment rubbing elbows with the guys next to you. If a couple of them happen to speak a loude thna everybody else, then your anniversary dinner is spent talking over the annoying noisy ones. Wine list sucks too.

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          1. re: RCC

            agreed. I love the food at Degustation. but it's not a cozy spot. I think 15 East is comfortable and quiet.

            15 East
            15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          2. $150 all in for two people, including a single glass of wine, would be about $60 per person. Yes?

            Some ideas:
            Hearth (though it's the least cozy of the bunch)


            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014