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Romantic Neighborhood Place

letahaa Jun 18, 2013 08:35 AM

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. ChefJune RE: letahaa Jun 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    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
      Monica RE: ChefJune Jun 18, 2013 01:04 PM

      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
        kathryn RE: Monica Jun 18, 2013 02:54 PM

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

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

      2. re: ChefJune
        kathryn RE: ChefJune Jun 18, 2013 02:54 PM

        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.

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        tex.s.toast RE: letahaa Jun 18, 2013 01:16 PM

        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.

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          MrGrumpy RE: letahaa Jun 18, 2013 02:38 PM

          Le Philosophe might fit the bill.

          1. ipsedixit RE: letahaa Jun 18, 2013 04:42 PM

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

            1. JungMann RE: letahaa Jun 19, 2013 07:45 AM

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

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                Toot RE: JungMann Jun 20, 2013 10:19 AM

                I second Bacaro.

              2. Motosport RE: letahaa Jun 20, 2013 08:45 AM

                DaCiro is a short walk from Flatiron. Make a reservation and ask for the table by the front window. It's one of our favorite romantic places.
                Otherwise, if the weather is balmy try I Trulli and sit at one of the sidewalk tables.

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