Meeting up with an old friend/ex-boyfriend after six years and want a place with style and atmosphere that serves decent food and great wine. I don't want it to be too romantic... I am aiming for flirty/cheeky, so higher noise and energy levels are okay. If I can't find one place that offers all that, I'm happy to do drinks and wine in one place, to be followed by dinner somewhere else. Any neighborhood works, but I want to keep it in Manhattan. He works in the restaurant industry, and we may soon become colleagues. I am new to the city and have been given the task of choosing meeting place and would love to pleasantly surprise him with my choice. Help me all you fantastic chowhounds! A few places I've been tossing around so far...
Nero (drinks, maybe food)
Barolo (for the patio and vino)
Lovely Day (casual and tasty)
Stanton Social (cocktails)
Death & Co. (after dinner)
Random, but haven't had much time to research my task. Thanks for any and all suggestions...I can't wait!