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Dark Romantic Anniversary Spot - Needed

My plans for our 12th anniversay fell through and now I am scrambling for an idea. Would like romantic but preferably not break the bank. By that I mean below $250 for the 2 of us all in with drinks. We are open to all types of food but looking for more romantic atmosphere this time. Anything off the beaten path would be great as well. Thanks for the help.

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  1. Keen's is dark, it's expensive but it's cosy and romantic. Picholine isn't too lit up. I'd also suggest Il Buco and Gramercy Tavern.

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    1. re: bronwen

      For a dark romantic steak house I would likely go with Strip House over Keens. GT is a great idea.

      1. re: fm1963

        I had a terrible experience at Mas Le Grillade - I would never go back. Slow, terrible service, empty restaurant, cold food that took forever to arrive, etc. I also wouldn't consider the atmosphere to be particularly romantic and definitely not dark...

        I agree with @sgordon that Marc Forgione would be a great spot

      2. Its not in Manhattan, but the darkest most secluded restaurant I know is Zenkichi. Its in W'burg. Individual booths with lots of dark wood, screens and candles.

          1. Lincoln has great atmosphere and cozy booths. The food is excellent.