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dell'anima vs. Market Table (West Village date)

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Hi all,

I was hoping you could all help me with a last minute question.

I've got a date tomorrow night. It's going to be in the West Village. Money isn't an object but I don't want it to be over-the-top. Looking for New American or progressive Italian. We're going to Little Branch afterwards, but a good cocktail program would be a bonus.

I had settled on Market Table (even with the lack of a cocktail program) because the menu is simple (she isn't an adventuerous eat), the room seems sexy but casual and it seems quiet enough to have a conversation while still having a bit of energy in the room.

My question is - should I be looking at dell'anima? My date loves Del Posto and I believe one of the dell'anima chefs was previously at Del Posto. My concern is that dell'anima looks like it might be loud and fast; trendy and sensory overload-ish. What do you all think? I'm looking for fun and upbeat but someplace where we can hear each other talk and not be rushed out.

Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Market Table
54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

Little Branch
22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Go with Market Table. Dell'Anima is good but you're right in that it is "trendy" so it will be loud and hectic. Plus it's closer to Lottle Branch, which I'm sure your date will appreciate if she is wearing heels. :-)

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    Market Table
    54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

    Dell'Anima
    38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    1. I don't feel like Market Table is cozy enough for a date, as nice as it is. Proximity to Little Branch is great, but if that's of any concern, you could also do Mas (farmhouse)—sleek, sexy, not over the top, and still great.

      However, my most favorite recommendation for you would be Joseph Leonard. You might have to wait, but you can go across the street to Jeffrey's (owned by the same folks) for a drink beforehand. Very simple menu, and very, very good food.

      Outside of that, other thoughts that could work: Fedora, Little Owl, Pó, Perrilla.

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      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      Po
      31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

      Little Owl
      90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

      Market Table
      54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

      Mas (Farmhouse)
      39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

      Little Branch
      22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

      Fedora
      239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      Joseph Leonard
      170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

      Jeffrey's Grocery
      172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: loratliff

        Thank you both for your thoughtful responses.

        We ended up going to Market Table, which was great. The menu and preparation were similar to Little Owl, which I love. It's not as cozy as The Little Owl, but it has other virtues. The space was open, had floor to ceiling windows and the room had good energy. Service was great and they didn't rush us at all as we lingered a long time over our drinks after we had paid the check. I don't normally order chicken when I eat out, but Market Table's chicken dish was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place for a date, dinner with parents, or dinner with a group of friends before hitting the town for a night out.

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        Little Owl
        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

        Market Table
        54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014