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Sep 19, 2013 09:58 PM

Budget Dinner in Financial District

I am looking for a nice ethnic restaurant for Saturday night early dinner. Prefer someplace quiet for a first date--and not expensive.

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  1. "Expensive" means different things to different people - can you be more specific? Like, how much do you want to spend total, after drinks, tax, tip, etc?

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    1. re: sgordon

      I can't be specific because I don't want to ask a stranger about his budget; but I don't want to impose on this young man who is going to the expense of coming in from out of town to meet me. Blind date. Want to keep it simple. Thinking of Luke's Lobster or a pizzeria type place.

      1. re: meche

        Thanks, meche. Did he ask you to suggest the restaurant? If yes, what a gentleman. You might want to give him a few choices in different price ranges and then he can decide/make reservations.

        I still think Acqua is a good choice. You can get pizza and the atmosphere is appropriate for a first date.

        Adrienne's on Stone Street might also work.

          1. re: meche

            Acqua is decent, though I've never been blown away by anything there. At a similar price point might be Smorgas Chef on Stone Street, Scandinavian bistro food, all fresh and local produce. It's on that cobblestone stretch that's closed to traffic, with all the restaurants.

            If we're looking at something closer to "cheap eats" price point, Obao is pretty good Thai/Vietnamese, or Toloache Taqueria for pretty solid Mexican fare.

              1. re: sgordon

                Agree with sgordon, Acqua is not a destination restaurant.

                Neighborhood place, frequented by locals. Atmosphere is lovely for a first date (and not too dark) and they have fresh, simple food (salads, pizzas, pastas, etc.).

      2. Second sgordon's post what's "expensive" mean to you?

        I can't think of any ethnic restaurants appropriate for a first date in the Financial District.

        Les Halles on John might work if you get a table in a quiet corner, the place can be lively. They might have a prix fixe.

        Acqua's a good first date place. Italian on Peck Slip. Won't break the bank.

        You might have more choices if you're willing to head to the LES/EV.

        1. Baluchi's in Tribeca, if you like Indian food.