My boyfriend and I's anniversary is coming up soon and I want to take him out for a really special, romantic dinner. I enjoy researching restaurants and trying new types of food, but we're both college students and my budget is not quite expendable enough for any of the bigger, fancier places that are suggested in many annivesary threads. I'd love to try to keep it to $70-80 in total with tax and tip, but I don't know if this is particularly feasible. It seems like a bit of a stretch, and if so I could probably expand that range a bit more (I don't think I can go past $100). We wouldn't be getting any alcohol with our meal, so I assume that this will help somewhat. Of course, if there's anywhere that I could scoot out under that that would be great (in a perfect world!). The more inexpensive the better, but of course I would rather spend more money and get an amazing meal than pay less for a substandard one.
Both of us are fairly adventurous with what we eat, so there's no particular type of food that we're looking for. We both go to NYU, but the restaurant doesn't have to be in Lower Manhattan or even Manhattan at all. Ideally, it would also be LGBT friendly but this obviously isn't a huge issue in New York City. I'm just looking for a quiet and romantic yet inexpensive place to have a great meal.
I've been looking on Yelp and I've found some places that seem really great (Frankies 457 in Brooklyn, Apizz in the LES, La Lanterna di Vittorio in the Village, Paprika in the East Village...) but, as I said before, I really don't know what I can get away with due to my budget constraints. If you could comment on any of those or provide any suggestions of your own that would be much appreciated!