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A VERY special dinner - Help


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A VERY special dinner - Help

T | Jan 31, 2002 07:42 AM

I have a few favorite places for special and somewhat romantic dinners, which include Le Gigot, Il Cantinori, Cafe Des Artistes (which I never see mentioned here) to name a few........ but this one, for Feb 17th, needs to be the ultimate in special places.

Here's the criteria I'm hoping to meet:

- Location: Anywhere below 70th St (E or W) is okay with me, but I prefer downtown (Village, TriBeCa... SoHo..)

- Noise level: Quiet, so we can talk, but I don't want to feel alone in the place.

- Cuisine: Preferably Italian, French, adventurous American... and/or combos. No Fish as main dishes, no steakhouses. But the food is important, therefore must be very good to excellent.

- Cost: I don't mind spending up to $200, without tip and drinks, for two people, but less is nice if the food is worth it.

- Wine List: A good one I suppose, but we are not really wine drinkers with knowledge of wines. Moderately priced would be nice, if there is such a thing, but a wine knowledgeable wait staff is a MUST, because neither of us can choose to save our lives and we'll want wine.

- The Room: Dimly lit, but not VERY dark, and a decent amount of space between tables.

Attire: Jackets are okay.

Wait staff: Not the type to be all over us -- and no one pushing water.

Portions: Decent in size, since I'm dining with someone with a big (but not huge) appetite.

Sadly, I have never been to Gramercy Tavern. I'd imagine it's noisy and for some reason picture it brightly lit. Am I wrong........ would it fit my criteria?

How's the newly opened Jo-Jo's?

I shall stop guessing now and await your highly value suggestions.

(Hope I offered enough specifics.)

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