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Aug 27, 2012 11:00 AM

Anniversary dinner Saturday 9/15 Need romantic dinner spot for two

Previously lived in NYC for about 12 years and moved away about 4 years agoo, but the restaurant scence changes sooo fast, chefs and investors leave, etc. new places open . We are staying in Tribeca and I'm trying to find a place around the local areas Tribeca, Soho, LES, west or east village etc. Total bill around $250 is the budget. Both my wife and I enjoy a wide range of foods. Thanks in advance

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  1. My first thought was Annisa, but they are fully booked. You might call them and ask about cancellations. Otherwise I would pick Ciano, which is still showing plenty of tables available.

    1. Consider Kyo Ya, if you can get reservations (which might be hard, since their NYT 3-star review). Kyo Ya has 3 different kaiseki menus. According to their menupages menu, they are as follows: 8 courses plus dessert for $95, 9 courses plus dessert for $120, and 10 courses plus dessert for $150. My girlfriend and I had the 10-course kaiseki in early 2010, and it was probably one of the best meals I've ever had. It would bust your budget, but consider the other kaiseki meals. It's a very pleasant, generally sedate, sublime place, and of course you get gracious service, as you'd expect in any high-end Japanese restaurant.

      1. $125pp, does that include tax and tip or not? How much do you drink, if at all?

        I see tables on OpenTable for Corton ($115pp summer tasting menu).

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        1. re: kathryn

          rrems and pan thanks for the recommendations, very much appreciated. the $125pp includes everything tax and tip, but that doesn't have to be a figure set in stone, if it ends of closer to $300 not a big deal since we haven't been back to NYC in way too long. Figuring my wife and I will each have two drinks (two glasses of wine for her most likely and myself usually one mixed drink and a beer).

          1. re: kathryn

            Highly recommend the $115 pp summer tasting menu at Corton. Food and service were excellent.

          2. If you're in Tribeca, I'd definitely recommend Jungsik. I was just there last night for dinner and was once again blown away. Jungsik now has an a la carte menu and you can most likely stay within your budget. If you enjoy sitting side-by-side, you should definitely request for a corner table for a more intimate seating arrangement.

            My report on the restaurant, if you're interested (this was back when they only offered prix fixe):

            You'll also find a ton of praises for the restaurant on this board with a search. :)

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            1. re: Cheeryvisage

              I just checked Jungsik on OpenTable and they don't appear to have any tables that night. Other Saturdays look fine; perhaps they are closed that weekend.

              1. re: kathryn

                Aw, that's a shame then. Jungsik would have been a shoe-in.

                1. re: rrems

                  I really appreciate the insight from everyone. I have narrowed it down to Tocqueville, Aldea (read some great reviews on here from some including kathryn I believe) and Ciano all of which have availability between 8 and 9pm. Possibly considering (ranking 4th) Colicchio and Sons (since Craft isn't available) but realize that spot isn't highly recommended on here. Price doesn't matter in choosing between the three, just trying to strike the right balance between romantic, special occassion and obviously great food. Ciano looks like alot fun, but I'm concerned the tables appear in the pictures to be ulta close together. I realize that is the case in many places these days, but they seem overly close together there. I think we would really enjoy celebrating our wedding anniversary at any of those three places. Thoughts?

                  1. re: rjfisher72

                    If you want well spaced tables in a spacious room, Colicchio and Sons would fit the bill. I love the food there.

                    1. re: rjfisher72

                      Tables at Tocqueville are pretty well spaced. Ciano somewhat less so but I have never found it to be a problem, and I am finicky about that. You might ask about this when you reserve. Last time we were there the 2 of us had a nice corner table that could have seated 3. Avoid the long banquette, that's where the tables are very close. Aldea has the same problem with banquette seating, but there are a couple of booths and the upstairs tables are more spread out.