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Intimate birthday dinner under $50/pp (incl. tax+tip) downtown

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Intimate birthday dinner under $50/pp (incl. tax+tip) downtown

Noodle fanatic | Jun 1, 2010 11:24 PM

Looking for an intimate restaurant with excellent pasta (either creative OR amazing fresh pasta) to celebrate a date's 28th birthday this weekend. i.e. Basta Pasta would be considered creative even though they don't use fresh pasta.

Budget limit: under $50/pp including tax+tip+beverages
Location: downtown (anywhere below 23rd St)
Atmosphere: intimate with dim lighting (like Cafe Cluny)
Must have: some sort of seafood or squid-ink pasta

I'm currently considering Bianca, which fit the bill quite well, but would love more suggestions mainly because Bianca doesn't take reservations. How's Morandi? I like the ambiance - it's more birthday appropriate than Bianca, but how is their pasta?

Restaurants we're not considering: Greenwich Grill (just went there), Basta Pasta (too bright), Il Corallo Trattoria (love them but a bit too informal for a birthday), Inatteso (love their pasta, but not their decor).

I've researched quite a few threads, but still haven't been able to come up with something that I'm thrilled about. Would greatly appreciate your help! Thanks.

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