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Any good cafes for a date in the Greenwich Village?

nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 11:10 AM

Any good cafes for a date in the Greenwich Village? Somewhere that's quiet and relaxing is ideal.

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    Desidero RE: nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    La Lanterna Cafe on MacDougal and W. 3rd. Also, not in Greenwich Village, per se, but Epistrophy, on Mott near Spring, and Mariebelle on Broome near Greene, also fit the bill.

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      LeahBaila RE: Desidero Oct 24, 2012 12:08 PM

      Second La Lanterna...

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      alepenazzi RE: nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 11:50 AM

      Walk a few blocks south and go to Vin et Fleurs in Soho (Thompson between broom and spring).

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        Desidero RE: alepenazzi Oct 24, 2012 11:50 AM

        While I'm a huge fan of Vin et Fleurs, the OP asked for a *cafe* not a bar/restaurant. V et F is a neighborhood restaurant/wine bar.

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        kathryn RE: nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 12:16 PM

        Maybe Sweet Revenge?

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          Blumie RE: nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 12:26 PM

          Di Fiore Marquet, on 12th just east of 5th, is a quiet and relaxing place. Brighter and less rustic than La Lanterna. (That's not a judgment. La Lanterna is a good option. It's just darker and more bohemian than Di Fiore Marquet.)

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            katzimmer RE: nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 01:09 PM

            Depends on the kind of date, but if it's informal the happy hour at Fleur et Sel on 7th avenue is nice. You can get a glass of wine for $5, but the chairs are uncomfortable--which could be a good thing if you don't plan to linger. Landbrot is next door and while nobody's going to accuse it of being a romantic destination you can get a beer and a pretzel and it's very pleasant and not usually crowded.

            If you want something more romantic, another vote for La Lanterna...they are so nice there and won't hustle you out.

            I went on a nice date at Caffe Dante once, if you just want pastries and sambuca or something. We saw Wallace Shawn there. Always a plus.

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              iluvcookies RE: katzimmer Oct 26, 2012 09:58 AM

              My husband still takes me on dates to Caffe Dante.... I really love that place.

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              rehtse RE: nycguy20011 Oct 24, 2012 02:36 PM

              Cafe Reggio -- McDougal and 3rd.

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                foodwhisperer RE: rehtse Oct 25, 2012 07:45 PM

                I'll second Cafe Reggio if it is still there. That is the original date cafe, it's been there forever.
                Merc Lounge is another spot, but not sure i'd call it a cafe, but it might be good for a date.

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