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Hofman777 Nov 28, 2011 01:46 PM

Looking for a good date restaurant in NYC...would prefer midtown east or somewhere in the village/flatiron/chelsea/gramercy. Have been to The Place before and it was perfect...any suggestions?


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

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    Hofman777 Dec 11, 2011 09:47 AM

    I went out on my date last night. We wound up going to Le Bateau Ivre. The food was pretty good (I had the arctic char) and they had a really big wine selection which was a plus. I would definitely go back. The only negative was that it was a little loud at times. Thanks for your suggestions everyone!

    Le Bateau Ivre
    230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

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      RussianGirl Dec 7, 2011 06:41 PM

      Cello - 53rd between 2nd and 3rd. Great date place - small, intimate wine bar with good food. And meat/cheese plates. Report back.

      Cello Wine Bar
      229 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

      1. coasts Dec 1, 2011 07:46 PM

        People hate on it, but I still like it - The Food Hall at The Plaza. First of all, there's nothing wrong with starting a date at the Plaza. walk through like you own the place. Second, the Food Hall is lively and there's plenty to see and talk about. The wine list is affordable and approachable, as is the food menu. You can grab macarons from Payard on the way out and eat them on your walk. In fact, you could make a thing of it and stop for more macarons at Bouchon and Maison du Chocolate, both near Rock.

        La Maison du Chocolat
        30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

        Plaza Food Hall
        1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019

        Bouchon Bakery
        1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

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          Simon Dec 1, 2011 08:16 PM

          Strong disagree (i wouldnt even consider going to the Food Hall at Harrods in London on a date, and the Plaza Food is like trashy cramped version of Harrods). But to each their own. I suppose it could be fun in a kitschy moment, but the layout is pretty uncomfortable even for that

          1. re: Simon
            Hofman777 Dec 3, 2011 08:18 AM

            I'd rather not do a food hall. Does anyone else have any suggestions about places in Midtown East?

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              coasts Dec 8, 2011 04:09 AM

              why? what does food hall mean to you? you don't have to bus your own tray or anything. you say "a food hall" like there are others in New York. i don't know of any other place similar to the hall at the Plaza.

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            StevenCinNYC Dec 4, 2011 12:18 PM

            I like the Food Hall. The chef at the Pizza station is nice, and I always talk with him. The food is good, and it's a fun approach.

            I would also add The Breslin.

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

            Plaza Food Hall
            1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: coasts
              uwsister Dec 7, 2011 01:28 AM

              Yeah, I would have to say no - when you're already boyfriend and girlfriend, okay, but for a first or second date? I'd be pretty disappointed if a guy took me to the food hall at the Plaza.

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                coasts Dec 8, 2011 04:07 AM

                agreed, but given OPs requirements I thought it fit.

                wine bar with entrees - check
                upper 50s/60s - check
                serves fish and beef - check
                wide variety of options - check
                under 100 for two with wine - check

                i stand by the suggestion. regardless, OP must have had this date by now. so, where'dya go??

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              Hofman777 Dec 1, 2011 01:15 PM

              Maybe I should have mentioned this earlier but I eat fish but not meat and she is the opposite so a tapas place doesn't quite work as does a place where we would get a charcuterie platter. If possible I'd like a place that's a little further north than those suggested (maybe a place in the high 40s or 50s or low 60s?). We may go to Rockefeller center afterwards so the proximity would be helpful...

              Thank you!

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              1. re: Hofman777
                adido Dec 1, 2011 02:29 PM

                This new info is very helpful, thanks. You’ll have to look at the menus to figure out preference by food choice.

                Fig and Olive on 52nd and 5th
                Bar room at The Modern (bar at the moma)
                Le Petite Maison (lower level of beautiful town house on 54th st)
                Ma Peche 56th and 5th (aka momfuku midtown)

                Yelp and goolge both have "restaurant nearby" features if that will help you narrow it down by how close to rock center you want to be. Also the closer to rock center the more expensive the places or the wider the cost gap of food choices (low end fast places vs expensive dining.)

                The Modern
                9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                Fig & Olive
                10 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10021

                Ma Peche
                15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                La Petite Maison
                13 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

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                  foodwhisperer Dec 1, 2011 07:38 PM

                  Acqua or is it Aqua grill is not bad for a date. Then again depends on price, what kind of food, atmosphere. On the upper east side, Atlantic Grill must be the most popular first date restaurant around.

                  210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                  Atlantic Grill
                  1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

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                adido Dec 1, 2011 01:14 PM

                This is what I think could be date worthy in midtown on the east side. I'm not saying any of these are blow your mind amazing or cutting edge but are what is good in the area.

                The Smith, 2nd ave and 51st st (east village off shoot, hip and lively)
                Bateau Ivre, 51st st and 2nd ave (french wine bar, dark and bistro-y)
                Bar and Books, 1st ave and 50th st (I think) (not sure if they serve food, off the beaten path and quiet)
                Dos Caminos, 50th and 3rd (i think) (BR guest restaurant group place)
                Chin Chin, 49th and 3rd (upscale chinese)
                The National, Lex and 50th (decent hotel resto)
                Inoteca, 3rd ave in the 30s

                Dos Caminos
                825 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

                Chin Chin
                216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

                Le Bateau Ivre
                230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

                Beekman Bar and Books
                889 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

                323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                The National
                557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

                The Smith
                956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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                  Simon Dec 1, 2011 10:55 AM

                  hi...some more specifics might be good:

                  -- First date?...second date?...what kind of vibe?...
                  -- budget w/ tax and tip?
                  -- any cuisine preferences?

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                    Hofman777 Dec 1, 2011 11:02 AM

                    Budget is about what I spent at the place (about $100 before tip) but would prefer a little less if possible but that level is okay.

                    It's a second date and no real cuisine preference that I know of but would prefer to play it safe since I don't know that much about her cuisine preferences.

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                      Simon Dec 1, 2011 11:28 AM

                      a few ideas: Malatesta, Rouge et Blanc, Cercle Rouge...if you want to play it less safe cuisine-wise, Kin Shop.

                      Another thing to consider is mixing it up a bit, based on where you went on the first date: for example if the first date was dinner at a table in a restaurant, then consider going to a wonderful place yet eating at the bar (e.g. Scarpetta), or getting tapas somewhere like Tia Pol...i'd avoid a repeat of the same style/setting/cuisine...personally i like adding fun unpredictability to the progression: a combo of upscale bar dining, sushi, wine bars, tapas, and inexpensive Chow-ish places w/ authentic food that wouldn't be traditionally thought of as date places...

                      649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

                      Tia Pol
                      205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                      Cercle Rouge
                      241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                      Kin Shop
                      469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                      Rouge et Blanc
                      48 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                      1. re: Simon
                        Hofman777 Dec 1, 2011 11:33 AM

                        Those are good ideas...do you know of any place in midtown east? My date and I both like wine so maybe a wine bar?


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                          Simon Dec 1, 2011 11:48 AM

                          in Midtown East, i usually only eat Japanese food...there is a dark little bar in the back of the French restaurant Jubilee in Midtown East: Jubilee is too older-married-couples in vibe for a second date, but the bar might be a fun stop or even a place to get dessert, on this date or a futture date...

                          347 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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                            princeofpork Dec 1, 2011 11:55 AM

                            Just opened Terrior on 3rd and 32. There is also Vino 33 on 3rd and 33rd. Nice and romantic. Both wine bars.

                            Vino 313
                            201 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

                            439 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                            1. re: princeofpork
                              Hofman777 Dec 1, 2011 12:13 PM

                              Vino 313 isn't a bad idea but Terroir seems to just have sandwiches/small stuff and wine.

                              I have never been to a wine bar but figured it would also have real "entree" esque food as well. I don't want to look cheap or anything by going to a restaurant where the food is paninis/pizza.

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                                princeofpork Dec 1, 2011 01:02 PM

                                You wont look cheap if you order a nice bottle of wine and a nice Charcuttire platter.
                                You could also go over to Cask as it has a tonn of beer and wine with a wide variety of food as well. Dimly lit makes it a nice date place.

                                167 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

                            2. re: Hofman777
                              uwsister Dec 1, 2011 12:48 PM

                              If Japanese food is OK - I think it's pretty safe these days - you might consider Sakagura. A variety of small plates to share (only few contain raw fish) great selection of sake, good desserts, and I find the atmosphere date-appropriate. Cozy, intimate. I would've certainly liked it in my single days if my date took me there.

                              211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

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                        Sneakeater Dec 1, 2011 10:15 AM

                        Apparently Masa.

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                          Hofman777 Dec 1, 2011 10:21 AM

                          That's a little out of my price range...

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                            Sneakeater Dec 1, 2011 10:27 AM

                            I realize. I was talking about [url=http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8205...].

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                          jaba Nov 29, 2011 08:08 AM

                          check out Meme in the west village.

                          581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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                          1. re: jaba
                            Hofman777 Nov 30, 2011 01:43 PM

                            That could work. Does anyone have any other ideas? maybe one in midtown east?

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