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Dec 12, 2011 07:55 PM

Restaurant Rec for Birthday Dinner in the West Village

Hello all,

I'm looking for a restaurant to take my boyfriend for his birthday (December 23rd), and I'm a bit stumped. He loves the West Village (though that's not a must--locale can be flexible). Dinner is his birthday present--so I'm looking to spend $175-275 (including wine). I'm not a fan of anywhere that's super pretentious (I had dinner at Peasant last week and LOVED the food--but I didn't dig the service).
He's not an incredibly adventurous eater. I don't need a hot new place, I'd much rather go somewhere cozy with delicious food where you can have a conversation. He loves Blue Ribbon (me too!), but I go there a bunch, and I want this to be a special night. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. It might come in a little below your budget but I really like The Place. It's got great food, it's cozy and the people there are great.

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

    1. Mas, Annisa. How is Wallse these days? Haven't been in ages.

      344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014

      13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

      Mas (Farmhouse)
      39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

      2 Replies
      1. re: thegforceny

        Second Mas Farmhouse, especially if you can snag a booth in the corner.

        1. re: kathryn

          do you have a particular type of cuisine in mind (perhaps American like Blue Ribbon?). Also, since the price of wine can vary drastically, could you propose a food-only budget? those qualifications aside, id definitely second both the place and mas. mas's food is better, although the place is no slouch, and cannot be beat in terms of romantic atmosphere. cozy and nice, definitely not pretentious. mas's atmosphere is also good for a special occasion date so overall I would go mas #1 and the place #2. annisa is absolutely wonderful but will almost certainly be booked and might not be ideal for a less adventurous eater. wallse, IMO is good but not worth the price.

          Blue Ribbon Brasserie
          97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      2. Annisa is a great suggestion. The space is a little bit cool (very spare and white tableclothy), which I guess could read as pretentious, but most staff we've encountered have been warm. It's a very conversation friendly space.

        Recette also has wonderful food -- you'd really like it if you like Blue Ribbon -- but it can be loud. A table against one of the windows would probably be more conversation friendly, if you can request one. Lively, warm, completely unpretentious atm.

        Other possibilities:

        - L'Artusi, a very good, but lesser-known West Village Italian restaurant that doesn't seem to be mentioned much on this board

        - Tertulia, a Spanish tapas restaurant with some great food, but no reservations are available for parties of two and there are often very long waits for food. It is slightly obnoxiously trendy right now.

        13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

        228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

        328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

        359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011