I know that this is the noobiest thing to do on forums, but I am in a deep pickle (ha, food joke!) Please forgive me. I've been searching, but haven't come up with any conclusions - and I need to make a choice by today (probably?)
I want to take my girlfriend out to eat for her birthday (Saturday 12/20). I haven't been able to get her a gift that I think she'd love; all attempts have failed. So I want to at least take her out for a nice dinner.
She likes Japanese food (sushi & non-sushi), but I don't want to take her to the place that we always go to in Brooklyn. I will be in/around central park (north) for most of the day, but anywhere that we can get to via subway in a reasonable amount of time will be fine. I know that St. Marks/Astor Place has some awesome sushi places, but I don't know any well enough.
If possible, I was looking for a place that might have something else than just the food. My friend recommended Murimoto, and Blue Ribbon, but from what I've heard they aren't worth the price. I'm looking for a decently priced place (not more than $100-120 for the both of us). I'm not looking for trendy, but birthday-date related (quiet setting).
I'm also open to other types of places (besides Italian) that might fit the description (birthday-date/non-routy). Tapas sounds interesting.
Again, I apologize for the type of post that this is, but time is running out. I appreciate your help very much.