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Need a nice/affordable restaurant in NYC

post #1 of 17
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My girlfriend and I are having our 1 year anniversary on December 1st. I am looking for a nice romatic place to go that has great food and won't put me in the poor house -haha. I can afford to spend $150 max (including drinks). We really like Sushi and Italian. Recommendations?
post #2 of 17
Nicest and most romantic i,ncludeing great ambiance in my opinion is still nightime on a snowy night at Tavern On The Green in Central Park. Girls love it. :blush:
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post #3 of 17
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Sweet - I'll look into it. Thanks!
post #4 of 17
Tavern on the Green has to be the tackiest ugliest restaurant I ever went to. The food was severely out of fashion and the decor was... well even more out of fashion than the food. It is a legendary place however but it's heyday is gone.

There is a very affordable Italian restaurant on W.73rd Street near Columbus Ave. called Arte Cafe or Arte Pasta (they've changed their name at some point) and the food is really wonderful north Italian cuisine that will put you around $100 for the both of you unless you get more than a fair share of drinks.

It would be more helpful if you indicated what type of food you like and what area of the city you will be in since I know of plenty.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #5 of 17
I second mapiva on tavern on the green! Ugh.

130 with drinks is not a bad budget. NYC is pretty full of good eats. perhaps you want to narrow it down to a cuisine or neighborhood? Might be hard to find that "super white table cloth" romantic place with that price point with drinks, well...not hard, you'll find it, but the food will be "eh".

narrow it down a little for us and we can help. also, what do you want to wear....suit....jeans...sneakers....
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
We are really into Sushi and Italian. I live in the Finacial District and she lives in the East Village, so a place downtown would be ideal. Thanks for the recommendations so far!
post #7 of 17
I used to go to marinellas a lot...not super white table cloth romantic,and very well priced.

Marinella - New York City Restaurants - Zagat Survey

Marinella - West Village - New York Magazine Restaurant Guide

you can have a pre-dinner cocktail at PDT's if you get there at 5:50 and don't order a vodka anything. I've been sworn to secrecy to not even utter the three letters, PDT. this message will self destruct in 5 seconds..
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Haha - awesome. Thanks a lot!
post #9 of 17
First anniversary Romance, ambiannce, atmosphere. I still say Tavern the nicest place to bring a girl. Tomato sauce is ,Tomato sauce.
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post #10 of 17
tavern was great many years ago....since, even tourists know its bad' also for the budget, id sooner go to One if by Land, danielan cafe baloud'
post #11 of 17
I hate to go back and forth about Tavern on the Green but as you have decided to take a stand for it I must take the stand against it. I went there a few years ago before I was a foodie and I just remember being amazed at how tacky it was. Even the menu was outdated... filet mignon with mashed potatoes followed by a chocolate souffle. The location might seem romantic but the ambiance is assaulting.

This is NYC! The greatest chefs on earth have restaurants here. Tom Colicchio's Craft, Eric Ripert, Daniel Balud, Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali, the list is endless.

Don't know much about Italian in the downtown area but for sushi you can't go wrong with searching around St. Mark's place and 1st Avenue, or near Cooper Union.

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post #12 of 17
and in that area, coincidently is PDT and a few other cocktail bars/sushi and restaurants worth going to. a very, dare I say...."hip" area. A block over, you can get middle eastern/indian food in 1 of 30 great restaurants too.

Tavern's prices are higher that most GOOD restaurants. Tavern is constantly the butt of restaurant jokes among industry folks as well. Drew Nieporent and i think Trump actually have been talking about it.
Tavern on The Green Takeover? Trump Lukewarm, Nieporent Reluctant, LeRoy Defiant | The New York Observer

Drew, a very well respected, although douchebag, restauranteur (Nobu, etc) wants it, just to say he has it, but admittedly said it would never be any good.

IF you are going to go tavern on the green prices........

check out Hearth, Daniel, Cafe Baloud, Gramercy Tavern (even the front room menu). I'm not big on Sushi in Manhattan........but in a potentially possibly higher price bracket, Momofuku...which is where the cool kids are these days.
post #13 of 17
Bruni just reviewed Restaurants - Market Place Plays to Its Strengths - Review - NYTimes.com

market table. The prices are ok, good food, and they have a good wine list with many bottles under 30$. check it out.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the review and thanks for helping out. Have any of you eaten at the restaurant Po? I hear good things.
post #15 of 17
I haven't heard anything bad about it, and have heard a lot of good, but have never been. Isn't that Batali's old place?
post #16 of 17
December 1st has come and gone...how did it go?!
post #17 of 17
Don't leave us hangin'
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