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Feb 2, 2011 04:57 PM

Valentine's Cheap with a view

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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  1. 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.

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

      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      1. 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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        1. re: yebo

          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.