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Flatiron--Seeking candlelit, quiet, obscure restaurant

bklynkat Nov 10, 2012 02:50 PM

I need to find a special little place to reconnect with an old friend for good cocktails and apps/dinner in the Flatiron or around the way--Chelsea might work. Cuisine really doesn't matter--ambience does. Thank you so much!

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    RebelWithaCause RE: bklynkat Nov 11, 2012 03:04 PM

    Abc kitchen
    I trulli
    Gramercy tavern
    eleven Madison Park

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      LNG212 RE: RebelWithaCause Nov 11, 2012 03:49 PM

      While I think ABC Kitchen is terrific, it is about as opposite to "quiet obscure" as one can get. Those hard surfaces make it a very loud restaurant (to me it's boisterous and fun, to others it's horrible).

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        RebelWithaCause RE: LNG212 Nov 11, 2012 03:54 PM

        Ya I suppose you're right. It's definitely got ambience though.

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        RCC RE: RebelWithaCause Nov 11, 2012 03:56 PM

        Maialino is quiet, candle lit, and obscure? Since when???

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          ttoommyy RE: RCC Nov 11, 2012 04:36 PM

          And for that matter, neither is Gramercy.

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        roze RE: bklynkat Nov 11, 2012 03:45 PM

        I think Raines Law Room would fit the bill perfectly for this. Make sure you call for a reservation to be sure you get a spot.

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          arepo RE: roze Nov 11, 2012 05:30 PM

          La Silhouette comes pretty darned close if you request the small, intimate front room.
          I too prefer small and romantic. I spent my anniversary there in October.
          The pictures on their website do not show that intimate front room.

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            thegforceny RE: arepo Nov 11, 2012 07:04 PM

            I dont get how La Silhouette is "pretty darned close"
            It is not cocktail oriented
            Nor really an "apps and drinks" place
            AND...Not in Flatiron
            Also, OP didn't ask for romantic; it's with an "old friend."

            Suggestions for OP:
            Raines is great suggestion (though food is just OK)
            Bar at Aldea
            Tapas at Boqueria Flatiron

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              rrems RE: thegforceny Nov 11, 2012 08:12 PM

              <Also, OP didn't ask for romantic; it's with an "old friend.">

              Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but "quiet and candlelit" says romantic to me. Perhaps OP will return to clarify.

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                ttoommyy RE: rrems Nov 12, 2012 03:46 AM

                Candlelit = romantic to me. But I too could be reading too much into the OP's request.

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                  thegforceny RE: rrems Nov 12, 2012 07:22 AM

                  I overlooked candlelit! This could in fact be a rekindling! : o

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              kathryn RE: roze Nov 11, 2012 07:41 PM

              Note to the OP: Raines doesn't have a full food menu/cooked food.

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                LeahBaila RE: roze Nov 14, 2012 11:09 AM

                Does Raines swerve food?

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                  kathryn RE: LeahBaila Nov 14, 2012 11:09 AM

                  Last I checked it was popcorn, salumi, cheese, and olives, at most.

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                    LeahBaila RE: kathryn Nov 14, 2012 11:12 AM

                    Right? Popcorn was the only item I recall...

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                halo RE: bklynkat Nov 11, 2012 06:48 PM

                Allison on Eighteen is adorably cute while grown-up

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                  emmerlee RE: halo Nov 12, 2012 06:32 PM

                  I second Allison on Eighteen. Good cocktails, nice ambiance, decent food, quiet place with good service for a private conversation.

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                  Blumie RE: bklynkat Nov 11, 2012 07:14 PM

                  I've only been once, but do people agree that Giorgio's of Gramercy might fit the bill? I recall candlelight and quiet, and it's relatively obscure, no? Plus, I remember enjoying the food!

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                    fat parish RE: Blumie Nov 11, 2012 08:44 PM

                    That was gonna be my suggestion too. Seems to fit the bill quite well.

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                      JulesTei RE: Blumie Nov 12, 2012 02:25 PM

                      The food there is delicious. Definitely an underrated Italian spot in the area. My vote is for that or Aldea.

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                      Sneakeater RE: bklynkat Nov 12, 2012 10:24 AM

                      Just two weeks ago, EVERYTHING in the Flatiron District was candlelit and obscure.

                      1. Motosport RE: bklynkat Nov 12, 2012 02:39 PM

                        Da Ciro is a short pleasant walk from Flatiron. Ask for a table for two by the front window.

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                          Cookbug RE: bklynkat Nov 12, 2012 05:44 PM

                          I was also going to suggest Giorgio's of Grammercy. Had a very nice meal here. It's quite serene. The service and food were both excellent.

                          While I've yet to try, Flatiron Room (not Lounge) might also suit. Great selection of scotch. The decor is elegant vintage.

                          Giorgio's of Grammercy
                          27 E 21st St (btwn 5th & 6th Aves)

                          Flatiron Room
                          37 W 26th St (btwn 6th Ave & Broadway)

                          1. 280 Ninth RE: bklynkat Nov 12, 2012 06:53 PM

                            I'd recommend Tocqueville, on E. 15th St. Fits the bill, good service and cuisine.

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                              asgaynor RE: bklynkat Nov 12, 2012 07:47 PM

                              I think the Cellar at Beecher's Cheese would do the trick: They have excellent cocktails and a small bites menu. Their assorted mac and cheeses are particularly wonderful.

                              You enter through the store down a staircase, and the space has a cavernous feeling with low light.

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                                LeahBaila RE: asgaynor Nov 14, 2012 11:09 AM

                                I would suggest that, too, however, it can be really loud/crowded.

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