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JrsyGrl51481 Aug 15, 2011 08:52 AM

Hi,

Looking for restaurant ideas for my 1st wedding anniversary dinner in Manhattan. We'd like to go on a Saturday night in October. Looking for a restaurant with a cozy, romantic ambiance, nothing "touristy", reasonably priced (trying to stay under $100 - $150 budget for two). My husband and I love Mexican, Spanish, American, Italian, Portuguese and Mediterranean.

Any ideas?? Any and all suggestions welcome! TIA! :o)

  1. sgordon Aug 16, 2011 10:15 AM

    Hearth is a good call, though I don't find the room terribly romantic. I'm awful fond of Marc Forgione - top-notch, very creative New American food in a more cozy-but-neighborhoody vibe.

    I'm not the biggest fan of Aldea, but others I respect quite like them. I wouldn't consider them pure Portuguese, though - kind of Portuguese-inspired. And only sometimes. Last time I was there my entree was venison with huckleberries, two things not even remotely Portuguese.

    For Italian, you could do a regular ("American") three-course meal at a few of the big places - Babbo (if you can get in), Falai, Maialino, and Scarpetta could all be options. I'm partial to Falai - he puts a modernist twist on his dishes that I find very appealing, and the room has a certain romance to it. Also, Falai offers a special four-course ("Full Italian" - antipasti, pasta, entree, dessert) meal for $65/pp. That'd come to a little bit over your budget with tax/tip ($168 or thereabouts) but it's a great deal. Not sure if it's only on weekdays, might want to check the website. A la carte you could do three-coursers at any of them, but you'd want to check menu prices first. There are some outlier dishes that could put you over the top.

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Falai
    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Marc Forgione
    134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

    Aldea
    31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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      kathryn Aug 15, 2011 04:42 PM

      Some other ideas:
      Peasant
      Hearth
      Pylos

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      Hearth
      403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

      Pylos
      128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Peasant
      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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        ANin Aug 16, 2011 09:03 AM

        Definitely second Hearth. Also, depending on how casual you like your restaurants, one of my favorite anniversary dinners ever was at Lupa.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      2. j
        JrsyGrl51481 Aug 15, 2011 09:34 AM

        @ City Kid, I've heard about Il Buco and it does look great. It's definitely on my list. Thanks for the suggestion!

        Has anyone ever been to The Place on West 4th or heard anything about it? It looks really nice too...

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

        The Place
        310 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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          City Kid Aug 15, 2011 09:19 AM

          I've recommended it so many times that it may seem I am a shill for them -- I'm not -- but I love Il Buco on Bond St. for rustic Italian with charming and romantic ambiance...it is a former antique store and good funky...won't break the bank either.

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

          1. Cheeryvisage Aug 15, 2011 09:00 AM

            Possibly Aldea for Portuguese.

            And Hotel Griffou for American with Portuguese influences.

            Ciano is a good choice for Italian.

            Also, does your budget include drinks, tip, and tax?

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            Ciano
            45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

            Aldea
            31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

            Hotel Griffou
            21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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              JrsyGrl51481 Aug 15, 2011 09:10 AM

              Thanks, I'll def check them out!

              Well, neither of us are big drinkers so that's not really a huge concern for us and is not yet included in our budget, so we realize that we would pay a bit extra if we wanted to drink. But for now, we were hoping to include at least the tip and tax in the budget above.

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                foodyum Aug 15, 2011 04:47 PM

                Ciano is on gilt city today. Never eaten there but its on my list.
                Hotel Griffou is fun and young but thisclose tables not very romantic.

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                Ciano
                45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                Hotel Griffou
                21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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