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May 28, 2011 02:14 PM

Birthday Restaurant - end of June?

I'm looking for a restaurant to have a romantic evening for my birthday at the end of June. A few concerns though:

-entrees under $20 (I recognize that might be a lot to ask for)
-romantic, quiet, not too tightly packed in though (i.e. I don't want to accidentally hit another guest if I gesture or something ;)
-outdoors would be wonderful!!! Ideally we could sit outside (not on the sidewalk, maybe a garden or something? and eat a nice meal with a glass of wine, and not be rushed).

We're open to just about any food, though Chinese and French are not favorites.

I recognize this is a lot to ask for. I'm familiar with some restaurants in the city, but none of them seem to fit all of the above criteria.

Thanks for any ideas! :)

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  1. Bottino has a lovely garden and serves very tasty Italian food. With the exception of the lasagna ($20), prices for all the pastas are in the teens.

    Bottino photos:

    246 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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    1. re: RGR

      This looks very pretty! I will definitely consider it - we're fans of the Chelsea area as well so this would work nicely... thank you!

      1. re: lovessushi

        Any other thoughts CH'ers? Thanks! :)

        1. re: lovessushi

          I'm not sure you would consider it romantic, but Da Andrea definitely fits your budget, the food is excellent, tables are not too close together, and atmosphere is charming, if bustling. Service is very good too, and not too rushed.

          Da Andrea
          35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: lovessushi

            Barbone in the East Village also has a garden in the back which gives you some space in between tables, and their pasta dishes would all keep you under $20. It is rather low-key so would seem to suit your purposes well.

            186 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: orthorunner

              They both look very cute - apparently I have some options now! Thanks - I thought perhaps I was asking for too much - but these sound great!

      2. It's small plates, so I could imagine the bill racking up above the budget, but Tolani on the UWS has a small garden/patio and a nice atmosphere.

        410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: PetiteSyrah

          It looks so cute! And a very interesting menu. I could definitely see racking up the prices here, but it looks like something we might really enjoy...another addition to the list of possibilities. Thank you! :)