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Valentine's Cheap with a view

ChimericalKate Feb 2, 2011 04:57 PM

I was wondering if anyone knows of a good (not SO expensive) restaurant in the NYC area with a pretty view. My friend and I are taking our girlfriend's to the city for dinner and we're all students, so we obviously can't spend a lot. I know we are hoping to find a place with a great view that we can afford, but I'm open to any suggestions!

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    yebo Feb 3, 2011 03:02 AM

    Rethink Val. Day for this expedition?
    Not having direct experience with it in NYC (for various reasons), I remember many posts about the giant hassles even of getting a reservation, harried service, and not good food on Val Day, next busiest after Mother's Day. (search under Valentines Day to draw your own conclusion)

    In my family, we have a .. observed tradition, after the Queen of England's "Birthday Observed" on a day with good weather. We declare say, Jane's Birthday Observed" on a day we can all get together and that isn't something like Valentine Day. How about that? (search under romantic, inexpensive...)

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      small h Feb 3, 2011 04:11 AM

      I have over a quarter century of direct experience dining out in Manhattan on Valentine's Day, and the truth is you can have a perfectly fine evening. If you don't want to spend a fortune, you don't have to. If you want a reservation, good food and professional service, you can find those things without too much trouble. Because Manhattan has a lot of restaurants. It also has a lot of people, many of whom like to complain.

      Since the OP seems most interested in the view, s/he might look into one of those dinner cruise things.

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      rkaene Feb 2, 2011 05:40 PM

      How about a drink at Robert and dinner at Bouchon Bakery?

      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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        peter j Feb 2, 2011 05:10 PM

        How about Robert? I've never been, can't vouch for the food, but the prices seem reasonable and the view looks good. Click on "Gallery" for pics.


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