Any recommendations for nice place/great food near Sea Cliff, appropriate for anniversary dinner? I'm new to the area, but I have a long list of potential places. caveat--my wife is a red sauce girl and is not a fan of gamey meat, seafood, middle eastern...that's why a place like Bistro M would be a waste (unless I'm wrong and please lmk if that's the case). She typically orders red sauce and/or pasta dish, chicken or steak. I like all food. we don't want to go far as it will be on a weeknight and both of us are working late and will have late start and will therefore be hungry! and we plan to drink vino so the shorter the drive the better...
Here's my list--hopefully I'll try every one of these over the years:
Trattoria Diane: Will she like the menu? Is it nice inside?
Besito: Appropriate for anniversary?
Thyme: I've seen mixed reviews on the food--is there outdoor seating?
Il Mulino: Is it a ripoff?
LA BUSSOLA RISTORANTE,LA GINESTRA RESTAURANT, LA PACE RESTAURANT--are they too cheesy for anniversary dinner? (I love food in Parkside in Corona, Queens but wouldn't go there for anniversary)
Roots: Local place we would like to try anyway...
Stresa: Only heard good things, is furthest away though...
Any/all help is appreciated.