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Need recommendations for anniversary dinner

arielleeve Jul 24, 2013 06:51 PM

I'm looking for a place to go with my husband for our one year wedding anniversary. Here's what we're looking for:

~Want to spend no more than $200 in total (including wine, tax, and tip); ideally would be closer to $100 but we're willing to spend a little more to get something really great.
~We don't eat meat, but we do eat fish. I love seafood, my husband less so. We like all varieties of food, my only issue is that I don't want to go to a really fancy restaurant that has only one or two non-meat options on the menu. If we're going to spend three figures, I want at least a few options to pick from. Feel like that's a little hard to find with a lot of the upscale restaurants in the city. We're open to vegetarian restaurants, but we've tried a lot of the upscale ones (Candle 79, V Note, Gobo, Dirt Candy).
~This is for next Monday, so a place that needs reservations weeks in advance won't work. I'd also prefer to avoid places where we'll have to wait a while to be seated. Hopefully the fact that it's a Monday we'll help. That being said, we'd be willing to go out on the weekend if the place we pick is closed on Monday.

So, suggestions?

  1. ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 06:59 PM

    How about Yefsi?

    You can make a nice meal out of the mezedes, which are predominantly vegetarian. The menu also tilts to a nice selection of seafood items.


    1. k
      kathryn Jul 24, 2013 07:32 PM

      Dovetail on Monday nights features a special vegetarian and vegetable focused four-course prix fixe for 52pp. As of right now, they have plenty of tables open on 7/29 at good times (around 7 and 8pm).

      Hangawi has an a la carte menu as well as a $50 prix fixe they call the Emperor’s Tasting Menu. Everything is vegetarian.

      If you're willing to eat at 5pm or 9:30pm, Telepan has tables and they are participating in Restaurant Week, so your costs will be the $38 dinner prix fixe for RW. Looks like a fair number of seafood and vegetable options on their menu.

      This chart from Serious Eats may also help with other options:

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      1. re: kathryn
        arielleeve Jul 24, 2013 08:39 PM

        Thanks! My first thought was the Dovetail tasting menu, but when I googled the name I saw it had a low average rating on menupages. Hangawi I will also check out, and Telepan too. Those times wouldn't work but it's for 8/5, not 7/29, so maybe the times are better then...

        1. re: arielleeve
          pammi Jul 25, 2013 06:29 AM

          Check out Exchange Alley-in the East Village, it has a mellow vibe and has some great vegetarian options-but is not a vegetarian restaurant by any means..

      2. d
        downtownchica Jul 25, 2013 06:58 AM

        I think Dovetail is a great option. Not as good as Dirt Candy, but because it's easier to get reservations, it's usually my go-to recommendation for fancy vegetarian friendly.

        Other options based on OpenTable availability would be
        Craft (no vegetarian main courses, but I prefer getting a bunch of their great sides to a lot of vegetarian entrees and can make the budget work without meat)
        Scarpetta (they actually have a full vegetarian menu if you ask, reservation times limited)
        Kajitsu (somehow never been, but people always rave about it)

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        1. re: downtownchica
          arielleeve Jul 25, 2013 07:24 AM

          I've been to Kajitsu (funny enough, on a night when my husband screwed up my birthday dinner reservation at Dirt Candy--we wandered by and I remembered hearing good things about it). I LOVED it, it was really unlike any food I've had before, just totally different flavors. But the flavors were very subtle, and my husband (who is less of a foodie than me) didn't like it so much -- he called it "bland."

          But I would highly recommend. Just a lovely meal overall. I'm looking towards Dovetail at the moment for the anniversary, thanks!

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