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Date Place on UWS

Looking for a restaurant (preferably with a bar) that doesn't have to be quiet, but where the noise levels aren't too high (for first date). Also open to "loungy" bar for a drink followed by dinner (but would still like the dinner restaurant to not be noisy). Seems like every wine bar on the UWS is noisy according to reviews. Been to Arte Cafe which I love but it's very noisy. As I remember, Citrus is also noisy.

Anyone have any other ideas? Thanks in advance!

Citrus Bar & Grill
320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Arte Cafe
106 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. The bar at Telepan is quite nice and relatively quiet. You can order food at the bar too.

    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    1. We've enjoyed the bar at The Leopard at Des Artistes. It's tucked in a separate room to the back of the dining room. Great drinks and is a nice spot for conversation (active but not too loud). We haven't had dinner there since the change to the Leopard so others can comment on the food.

      The Leopard at des Artistes
      1 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

      1. I'd recommend Cesca - for what you are seeking. and also second the telepan pick.

        164 W 75th St, New York, NY 10024

        1. Thank you everyone. In looking at the menus for Telepan and Cesca, they seem a bit high in price. I guess I should have mentioned that it's a first date. My bad.

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          1. re: eldogg

            try Lisca

            660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

            1. re: eldogg

              Got it. More reasonable I'd suggest Bistro Cassis in the 70s or if going further up is convenient the Mermaid Inn in the 80s. The wine bar barcibo enoteca on 69th and bwy is a solid date spot for drinks but I've never had the food there so can't say if its good or not. Hope that's helpful.

              Mermaid Inn
              568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

              Bistro Cassis
              225 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

              2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

            2. Tolani. 79th and Amsterdam. Great date spot. Good small plates

              410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              1. Nice Matin on 79th & Amsterdam has good food and a great wine list.

                Nice Matin
                201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

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                1. re: ChefJune

                  I wouldn't think of Nice Matin as a date place. Every time I've been it's been filled with families with baby strollers and it's always noisy.

                2. you might try Cafe Ronda -- Argentinean tapas, reasonable prices, casual enough for a first date but rustic and fun...

                  Cafe Ronda
                  249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

                  1. If you're drinking before dinner, look at Shalel. i've heard it can get a bit overbearing as the night progresses, but i like it in the earlier hours. very cool space. best to scope it out before taking a date, though. it's tough to find.

                    Joanne is opening on Feb. 1. No idea what the prices will be like or if you can get a table, but there's certainly interest.

                    Shalel Lounge
                    65 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

                    70 W 68th St, New York, NY 10023

                    1. How about Fish Tag? IMO best PQR in the neighborhood, good for a date, and they have a pretty mellow bar area in the front.

                      Fish Tag
                      222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

                      1. I agree with 'Cesca and I also would add Kefi. Not outrageously priced, great Greek food and a fun vibrant place.

                        164 W 75th St, New York, NY 10024

                        505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                        1. Thanks to everyone for replying - really appreciate you all taking the time. I narrowed it down to Lisca, Tolani, and Fish Tag. All had Yelp reviews that mentioned them being good date places. Ended up picking Lisca ... although I'm beginning to wonder whether I would have been better off with one of the others (just that Tolani ... as nice as it looks has a limited menu). Thanks again. Will try to remember to let you know how it went.

                          1. Thanks again, everyone. Went to Lisca. Not much of a bar there to wait at. Food was very good, service was good, but the entire place was rather empty (Monday night?). I was looking for something quiet, but maybe not this quiet, LOL. Still, it did the trick. Although after 9:30PM, it appeared that they actually started turning the heat down, which turned the food on our plates cold. And right after 10, they started taking things off the table and they started to turn the lights out, even though we were still talking. Place closes at 10:30 and I guess they wanted us out of there. But still ...

                            All in all, not a bad experience and not a bad place for a first date when you want to be able to hear each other.

                            660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025