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Date Place on UWS

eldogg Jan 26, 2012 08:01 PM

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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    eldogg Jan 31, 2012 09:13 PM

    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

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      eldogg Jan 30, 2012 09:00 AM

      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.

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        AYSConsulting Jan 30, 2012 08:44 AM

        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

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          snaporaz Jan 28, 2012 11:40 AM

          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. coasts Jan 28, 2012 04:03 AM

            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

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              Simon Jan 27, 2012 01:50 PM

              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. ChefJune Jan 27, 2012 11:48 AM

                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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                  Ann900 Jan 28, 2012 10:30 PM

                  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.

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                  dyrewolf Jan 27, 2012 07:46 AM

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

                  410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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                    eldogg Jan 27, 2012 06:33 AM

                    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
                      AubWah Jan 27, 2012 06:35 AM

                      try Lisca

                      660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                        Anthony725 Jan 27, 2012 06:55 AM

                        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

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                        Anthony725 Jan 27, 2012 06:19 AM

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

                        164 W 75th St, New York, NY 10024

                        1. Foody4life Jan 27, 2012 05:45 AM

                          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

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                            Riverman500 Jan 27, 2012 04:48 AM

                            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

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