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Romantic Neighborhood Place

My husband and I are coming to New York from LA for a very quick trip (mostly going to be in CT to see our new niece). I've been doing some research on here and other places, but I'm having trouble figuring out where to eat on one of the nights. Here is what we would like if we could find it: very good food, not super loud, maybe darker with candles, unpretentious service, decent wine list, smaller and maybe a neighborhood feel. We are staying in the Flatiron District at the NoMad, but we are willing to take a cab someplace if we find somewhere great.

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  1. I think Gascogne (8th Ave & 18th St) has one of the most romantic vibes in town (and quite under the radar). If it's a nice evening, they have a beautiful garden in the back, but especially their downstairs dining room is very cozy and intimate. and the food is wonderful.

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    1. re: ChefJune

      Gascogne is closed..=(

      How about the restaurant in your neighborhood called NoMad which is in the hotel called NoMad. It is one of the hottest restaurants right now in NYC. Maybe the parlour room may be darker and more intimate?

      1. re: Monica

        For more intimate, I would request the "Fireplace" room at the NoMad.

        It won't have that smaller/neighborhood feel, though.

      2. re: ChefJune

        The old Gascogne space is now Montmartre. They recently renovated and opened their garden space. If you can score a 2-top or space at the bar in the garden, dining there is very pleasant when the weather cooperates.

      3. I guess it kind of falls down on the darker/candle-lit front, but Maialino seems like a good fit otherwise. Its got the food and service and wine nailed, its pretty large by NYC standards but is far from huge, and the vibe has been equally great for family meals and dinner-dates for two. we were at the bar having a drink waiting for our table a few visits ago and had the most excellent time chatting with/watching a couple of business guys on a clearly expensed dinner sitting next to a single elderly lady who was most obviously a regular.

        1. Le Philosophe might fit the bill.

          1. How about Firenze? It's so dark and cozy, the menu lights up so that you can read it.

            1. I've always thought the candlelit cellar at Bacaro is one of the more romantic, underutilized spaces in the city.

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