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Feb 26, 2012 06:28 PM

Dinner before Black Tie Optional Event at Chelsea Piers

On a Saturday Night in a few weeks I have a Black Tie Optional Event at Pier Sixty that starts at 10pm. I'm taking a girl as my date and I thought it would make sense to go to dinner right beforehand at around 8 or 8:30 but cannot think of where to go. I am kosher but will eat certain types of fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, tilapia) and non-meat dishes out and she doesn't like seafood (a bit of an odd combination I know).

I want a restaurant a little on the nicer side because we will be all dressed up. Normally when we go out we get two main courses, a bottle of wine, and split a dessert and potentially split an appetizer. In the past I've attempted to keep the total bill (including tax and tip) to around $100 ($110 is fine). I don't have an objection to using a website like Savored.

Location in the city isn't particularly important (we'll be coming from the UWS so maybe something somewhere on the west side of the city is better but we will take a cab to whatever restaurant and then to Pier Sixty anyway).

Thank you!

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  1. Maybe Bottino would work for you, if it's not too expensive. It's a favorite among people who work in the art galleries around Chelsea, so sometimes people come in dressed in formal wear, because they are coming from an event or headed to one, but the place is not stiff.

    246 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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    1. re: barberinibee

      That could work. I actually just tried calling Babbo figuring that I would be willing to stretch my budget a little bit and go there but they are already all booked up!

      Does anyone have any other ideas? I would be willing to stretch my budget a little for the right place...

    2. Check out La Promenade des Anglais. I had dinner there recently and liked much of what I had. There are some fish dishes (although one is skate, which I don't think is kosher), and plenty of non-seafood options for your date. I saw diners dressed every which way, and I don't think you'd have trouble staying within your budget. It's also quite close to Chelsea Piers. Here's a thread about it, which includes my review:

      La Promenade des Anglais
      461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: small h

        That looks pretty good.

        Anyone else have ideas?

      2. Does anyone else have any suggestions? Anywhere in the city is fine although I prefer somewhere downtown.

        Thank you!