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How about some restaurants with dec \ent lighting?

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I'm so tired of dining il n the gloom; using my penlight to read the menu. And these gloomy restaurants are often the ones with music tracks that are like a knife driven between your eyes. I know, I know - my daughter's response was, "if it's too loud, you're too old". Maybe so. But still, what are your favorite (if any) restaurants with entrees under $30 (or even $25), where I can look at my food (a feast for the eyes?) and hear my companion's conversation? I sometimes wonder, what are they hiding in all that darkness? What awful thing might I see, if I turned over a leaf? So give it your best shot.

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  1. It's not dark. Our eyes are just old.
    Can't think of a lot of places where I don't turn the flashlight on the iphone on to read the menu. Clinton St Baking Co. comes to mind. (Yes, they're open for dinner.)
    Union Square Cafe, but they don't meet your pricing requirements.
    Westville.
    Maybe db bistro moderne (though most of my experiences there are during the day).
    Oceana (again, I'm usually there during the day, and not sure if the pricing will work).

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    DB Bistro Moderne
    55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

    Union Square Cafe
    21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

    Westville
    210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

    Oceana
    120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    Clinton Street Baking Co.
    4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: Blumie

      "It's not dark. Our eyes are just old. "

      Just curious: How old are we talking about? I'm 51 and my eyesight for reading is not great. As long as I have my reading glasses though I'm fine in any restaurant.

    2. Ciano
      Tocqueville
      Gramercy Tavern

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      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      Tocqueville
      1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      Ciano
      45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

      1. I haven't been in a while, but I remember Basta Pasta being very well-lit.

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        Basta Pasta
        37 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011