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Jun 3, 2013 11:19 AM

First Date Recommendation

I am looking for a great first date recommendation for this weekend in Manhattan. I was told about Perilla, Louro, and Prima by a buddy and was looking for some thoughts on those/other potential options. Atmosphere is key for me and would prefer a lighter menu with some good seafood options. Price isn't too important, but don't need to impress with the cost - prob aim for $100-$150 pp after drinks. Thanks in advance for the help.

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  1. When you say "atmosphere", what kind of atmosphere do you mean?

    Think about Il Buco. NOT Il Buco AV, but OG Il Buco.

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    1. re: Sneakeater

      Thanks for the suggestion - is it the one in NoHo? I guess I didn't explain that too well. Specifically, I find that my favorite restaurants tend to have a "Trendy" ambiance description on Yelp as opposed to romantic or upscale for a first date. I hope that helps.

    2. I'm not bonkers about Perilla, personally. I find it just sort of okay, nothing special. And in NYC there's no reason to settle for just sort of okay.

      Prima you might get stuck at a communal table - terrible for a first date.

      Louro could work. A few other options I'm seeing with openings on Friday or Saturday (you don't say which night) -

      Public (great date place, downtown cool ambience, creative food)
      The Dutch (maybe a bit on the noiser side)

      - kept the search limited to below 14th, better areas for bar-hopping etc afterwards.

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      1. re: sgordon

        I really appreciate the response. A communal table would suck, good to know that could happen at Prima. It's on Saturday night. Public sounds like my kind of place and there are openings. Any of those stand out if looking for some good seafood?

        1. re: eire9

          Better check OT and see what you can get first. I like ACME for dates.

          1. re: thegforceny

            Oh, Acme is a great choice too, but they might be booked already. Weekends are tough. Acme and Public both have solid seafood options.

            1. re: sgordon

              Booked a res for PUBLIC. I'm sure I'll be checking out the other places soon too. Any thoughts on where to grab a couple drinks afterwards as well? Short walk preferably?

              1. re: eire9

                The Daily, literally next to Public. Or 1534 in the basement of Jacques. Mother's Ruin. Or Pegu Club. All of these will probably be pretty busy though. Pegu may have a line to get in.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Good calls all from kathryn. I'd say 1534 might be the best bet, though likely they'll all be busy. 1534 is sort-of "hidden" so it might give you a touch of cool factor for being all in the know as well.

      2. Check out North Square. Solid food and the wife and I found it cozy. Spent about $100pp for oyster appetizers, 2 entres, and a bottle of wine. Worth a look IMO.

        1. Trendy with good seafood options?
          The NoMad hotel restaurant. Good luck getting a reservation for a decent time though.

          I also like Millesime for dates:
          It can be a bit empty, so it depends if your definition of trendy includes it being very busy, but the look and feel of the place is actually pretty good otherwise.