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Please recommend a place or two that is trendy/hip yet has a romantic feel to it. Ideally, we'd like to have a drink at the bar first, then have dinner afterwards. Nice mood lighting, and great music, but not too loud so that we don't have to shout across the table. Budget under $200 incl a $100 range bottle of wine. Neighborhood - prefer west village / chelsea / meat packing area, but not essential. I liked Buddakan but looking for other options. Thanks.

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Buddakan
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Could you tell us what kind of food you like? And to confirm - food plus tax/tip should total $100? Tx and tip = about 27% - bringing the available for food amount to $63 -- divided by 2, $31.50 each.

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    1. re: yebo

      Not picky about the kind of food. Italian is always a safe bet, but open to other cuisines. Good question - $100 without tip and tax. $10-$20 appetizers, $25 -$50 main. $200 is only a preferred budget, not a firm budget. thanks

      1. re: jycnyc

        Romantic Italian is definitly Apizz. Very hip hood to hang in before or after. Only downside is a small bar.
        Inthat same hood is Little Giant which has great food and small and dark as well.

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        Apizz
        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

        Little Giant
        85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002