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getting taken out by a visiting friend

Bewildered | Dec 8, 2003 05:52 PM

Help. An old friend is staying with me and I'm SURE she'll want to take me and my roomate out to dinner as a thank-you. As often as I eat out, read chowhound, and generally discuss restaurants, for some reason when someone is taking me out I draw a complete blank: I'm paralyzed by having to find a place that will feel "nice" with a good atmosphere and where we can linger and talk but isn't at all pricey. Which leads to the other problem: places that always seemed super-reasonable when paying only for oneself suddenly become expensive if treating a party of three or four. Oh difficult decision! I'm envisioning either a funky east village place with a great vibe or a quite romanticy place in the west village where we can chill for a long while, share dishes--small plates, maybe a whole grilled fish, or paella, nibble pumpkin pizza. Not more than $80 for three people. Does Alphabet Kitchen sound like a good match? Gosh I am drawing a total blank--what is wrong with me?

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