I need a hand. I'm from upstate and will be coming down to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. We will be seeing a band at Terminal 5 (56th and 11th). I'd like to take her out to a nice dinner beforehand. The show starts early, so I'd like to eat somewhere relatively close. I'm looking for somewhere romantic and, if possible, unique to a bigger city like New York (we're suburban folk).
I want it to be as special as possible, but nothing too extravagant (like Le Bernardin). Reason#1: Cost. Reason #2: We'll be going straight to a concert afterwards and we don't want to have to be wearing anything too formal.
Ideas I have so far:
-- Chez Josephine
-- Piano Due
-- Trattoria dell'Arte
I've never eaten at any of these places. Can anyone comment on them? Does anyone have any other ideas? I'd love suggestions. I know I only listed French and Italian places, other styles would be cool too.
Thanks in adance!