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Sep 20, 2013 09:04 PM

First Date on UWS

Stuggling with this. Sat night first date on UWS. Want a place with a bar and tables to sit down afterwards if it goes well. Also want avg or lower noise level and moderate pricing (doesn't have to be inexpensive but don't want expensive either). Have been to Arte (and may end up back there) but tends to be noisy. Reviews show Cava as noisy. Cesca too expensive. Fish Tag just doesn't seem to have first date vibe. Spiga? Tangled Vine? Tolani? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. I am giggling because just last week i was on a first date on uws....
    We went to bin 71, smaller place that feels intimate with nice selection and a few outdoor tables, nibbles not real food.
    Wine and roses would also be a good pick- the food is more significant than nibbles but still has great glasses selection and atmosphere.
    And both are close enough for a romantic walk to "see the fountain lit up at night by lincoln center".....;) hahahaha, it worked on me!!

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    1. re: Ttrockwood

      Thank you. I'm guessing you wouldn't have had an issue being taken to a place called "Wine and Roses" on a 1st date ... as someone else on Yelp kinda said?

      1. re: eldogg

        What? Those yelpers are funny...... Nothing offensive in the name for me.

    2. Calle Ocho has a great vibe and flavorful food.

      1. One potential problem with your plan is that if all goes well (and I hope it does, for you!) it may not be possible to sit without a long wait.

        But maybe you won't mind waiting.

        B Cafe is possible - Amsterdam and 88 or so, Belgian food, good mussels, lots of good beer.

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        1. re: plf515

          Agreed. But if we want to sit down and there is a long wait for a table at Bin71 or Wine and Roses, Arte Cafe (and others) have openings for tables as we speak and we can always just walk over there.

        2. Cotta has a nice bar and separate seating area. Food is better than average.

          Casa Pomona, the place that opened and then immediately closed due to flooding, has now reopened and looks promising. Haven't been yet, but I'm planning to try it.

          I hate not being able to recommend Corvo Bianco. The bar would be perfect for a first date, but I've been disappointed with the food.

          1. Cafe Ronda is a fun first date place