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Getting engaged in NYC this winter. Need a cozy restaurant (not too fancy) to go afterwards!

Hi CH...

I am getting engaged in NYC this winter. I cant figure out where to take her after the proposal. I think it will just be for her and i. I want something romantic (but not cheezy and sappy), intimate (but dont mind full restaurant), lively, cozy, good wine and GOOD FOOD. We are staying in Midtown, and am looking in the Villages, Midtown, Chelsea, Soho, etc. Nothing to stifling like Per Se, Le Bernadine or something too fancy like that.

Here is what i have to far...

August - heard its good food, fireplace (good for winter), good wine, intimate in Soho.

Savoy - fireplace, good food.

Il Buco

Alta - we love tapas and i heard the food is great!

Babbo

Please let me know what you think about these and other recommendations too! Thanks! :)

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  1. Of the choices on your list, I'd go with Savoy...it's comfortable and has good food/wine without being uber-fussy about itself.

    1. There are better tapas in town than Alta but a lot of them don't take reservations and/or aren't super cozy, intimate. Tapas is more of a casual food, don't you think? I'd do a more traditional dinner for this occasion.

      Babbo is good but not especially romantic. It is lively though, but make sure you get seated upstairs if you go. And I hope you don't mind AC/DC or Springsteen as the soundtrack. Also a lot of people dining with you will not be dressed sharply (I've seen t-shirts, sweatshirts).

      What's your price range if Per Se, etc. are out of the picture? $100 per person before tax, tip, drinks? More? Less?

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: kathryn

        Wow, this is actually my first CH post and everyone is super helpful. Ok, Price range... not looking to spend over $100 per person. maybe keep the total check to $150 max. dinner and a bottle of wine.

        we are big food connoisseurs and would love to eat at Le Bernadine, but we are going to an expensive dinner with friend the night before and that will get expensive.

      2. Picholine or River Café (especially if you're lucky enough to get a window table) might fit your requirements.

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        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        1. I think August would be really nice. It's very cozy, warm and inviting. Home, on Cornelia Street, might also fit the bill.

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          Cornelia Street Cafe
          29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: loratliff

            Has anyone been to Rayuela or Ill Buco???

            1. re: Ontario99

              I have been to Il Buco. It is a really charming restaurant with a really friendly staff, and it definitely has a "neighborhoody" vibe. I do think it is a pretty romantic restaurant, but the venue can be a little crowded.

              It definitely does seem like a good choice given your criteria, although it's not very close or convenient to get to from midtown...

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              Il Buco
              47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012