Romantic, Inexpensive, Vegetarian on the Upper West Side?
Looking for a romantic setting for a weeknight dinner (but not cheesy romantic, just warm and intimate), with inexpensive to moderate pricing (I'm thinking less than $20 per entree). Any type of food except Chinese and French is great (we've had a lot of that recently), but the menu must have some wonderful vegetarian options. I will eat seafood, just no chicken, beef, veal, etc. Avoiding that factory farming deal...
On the other hand if there is a restaurant that meets the above criteria AND has locally sourced, humanely raised meat, I'd be ecstatic ;)
So sushi, middle-eastern, Belgian, etc. - anything unique or different is great too-
Upper West side-
i'm not really a fan of anything on the UWS, esp for a romantic dinner, but:
Cafe Ronda might work...it's cute/woodsy inside...food is Argentinean-influenced tapas...plenty of salads and veggie choices (i.e. a side of spinach w/ oilve oil, pinenuts, raisins)...wasn't so great the last time i went because they were attempting some one night/week Spanish regional special menu that wasn't the best...but it's the only place i can think of...
249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
i seem to remember the special menu night was maybe Wednesday?...but it's possible (hopefully) they've discontinued it...i'd say just give them a call and ask if they have the full regular menu on whatever night you want to go...the special menu wasn't awful, but it was more limited, not as tasty, and higher priced than their usual menu...
I thought Recipe would be a good rec because I know they serve mostly local and/or grass-fed meat (my husband is like you - no factory farmed meat) and I would say the space is warm and intimate. I also remembered liking their veggies (roasted beets, braised brussels sprouts, etc.) and I'm not even a vegetable fan! But then I went to their website and saw their entrees are mostly in $20-25 range. If your budget is not super-strict, I would consider Recipe. To me it's a perfect weeknight-in-the-neighborhood type place - I've never had a bad meal there.
452 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
just remembered, there's Pasha for Turkish. plenty of veg & seafood options, not sure if you can swing it price-wise...
you'll have more options if you're willing to forgo the romantic atmosphere. besides, you guys have been together long enough that you should be able to create your own romance ;)
70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023