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Jul 6, 2011 07:30 PM

Romantic setting that won't break the bank

I will be visiting my girlfriend in her native Manhattan for a week later this month. I'm hoping to take her out to romantic restaurant or multiple ones during my visit. The hope is to absolutely blow her away when it comes to the cuisine but also have there be a romantic element. I'm also not so certain that I want to break the bank, since i doubt she would be pleased with me spending a fortune.

I have always wanted to eat at Daniel and have been able to land a reservation. Is it worth the price of should I be the cheap man that I have always been and look for an alternative. Have at it!

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  1. Whenever I see a request for romantic I always think of Il Buco on Bond Street in Noho. It is not cheap but certainly not in a league price-wise with places like Daniel. Rustic northern Italian in a former antique store with excellent food, intimate and warm, not too trendy.

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

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    1. re: City Kid

      Just looked at il buco and she will most certainly love it. I will definitely be giving strong consideration. I'm skeptical though if the cuisine is better than my grandmother's, who is from northern Italy.

      1. re: twlaz

        Well that sounds like tough competition but it is really a special place. I could make a meal of their bread and the olive oil -- they have a variety of artesanal olive oils for tastings. Upstairs is more funky old farmhouse/antique shop, downstairs is another dining room/party room/wine cellar. It is where I would want a boyfriend to take me, and now my husband does!

    2. Do you need high end to blow her away, or would she be blown away if you took her to more casual, but equally as (or more!) romantic restaurants? I'm thinking of places like Lavagna in the East Village, or Frankie's in the Lower East Side.

      Frankies 17 Spuntino
      17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      545 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10009

      1. Do you have a specific date or date range in mind already? Some of the more popular restaurants may be fully committed. What's the price range you're thinking if you don't splurge on Daniel?

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        1. re: kathryn

          Date: last week of July 27th-31st. Price range if not splurging would be $50-$100 for two. We will not be drinking alcohol.
          We have already planned to have dinner one night at Momofuko ssam and possibly spotted pig/ marea. For this night i'm looking for french/ American/ possibly Spanish or Italian.

        2. New York abounds in lovely little French bistros - they're always romantic. Also I don't think the Boathouse is too expensive - you can't beat the Central Park setting. Also the Leopard which used to be the Cafe des Artistes would be romantic, I think.

          Central Park Boathouse
          Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

          The Leopard at des Artistes
          1 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023