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Flatiron--Seeking candlelit, quiet, obscure restaurant

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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  1. Maialino
    Abc kitchen
    I trulli
    Gramercy tavern
    Tocqueville
    eleven Madison Park

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    1. re: RebelWithaCause

      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).

      1. re: LNG212

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

      2. re: RebelWithaCause

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

        1. re: RCC

          And for that matter, neither is Gramercy.

      3. 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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        1. re: roze

          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.
          http://la-silhouettenyc.com/

          1. re: arepo

            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

            1. re: thegforceny

              <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.

              1. re: rrems

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

                1. re: rrems

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

            2. re: roze

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

                1. re: LeahBaila

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

                  1. re: kathryn

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

              1. Allison on Eighteen is adorably cute while grown-up

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                1. re: halo

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: Blumie

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

                    1. re: Blumie

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

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