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Dinner recs and maybe a speak easy-ish drink?

Yanks121482 | Jan 30, 201411:16 AM

Hello Chowhounds, you have never steered me wrong before and I come to you again for some help. My girlfriend and I do not live together and we rarely get to spend a lot of time alone. She just surprised me with some Maceo Parker tickets for this Saturday night at the Blue Note. We will be staying by York and 83rd at a friend of mine's vacant apartment, so pretty much anywhere is fair game since we will be venturing more or less clear across Manhattan.

She loves the speak easy vibe (because she never has to do any of the work to get in). I'm going to try to get a reservation at PDT for after the show but I've taken her there already, and we've been to the (new) Milk and Honey. Any other good recommendations for drinks after the show that are a little off the beaten path? Has anyone been to 230 5th since they put up those cool little heated igloo things outside?

For dinner, she originally suggested Becco but she's been there and we decided to try something new. Not necessarily Italian, and we have no dietary restrictions. We'll be drinking a bit and I would like to keep it around $200 if possible with some wiggle room on the top end for really good drinks. I would also like to not have to shout at her or elbow my neighbor. I don't know how big an impact the Super Bowl will have on any of this. I realize these are a little vague as far as requirements go, but let's hear some of your favorites!

Thanks in advance for your help, foodies!

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