Coming into town for several days in late July and while I visit several times a year and would consider myself well oriented and familiar with the city, I'm looking for something new and entirely different as I want to surprise my girl with a knock-out incredible evening on our first night in town.
What I absolutely don't want is some trendy hot spot for the soho fashion set with house music and gelled hairdos. But I'd also like to steer clear of the grand aesthetic pretentions of a place like Daniel if that makes any sense. Not too hip. Not too square. I'm looking for something more intimate that offers a completely unique otherworldly culinary experience that's not over the top formal nor scenester, and a romantic setting. Looking to spend in the $150/table range give or take.
Don't know if this fits the bill as I've never been but I was considering Tamarind as an option. Would like more current suggestions though...
Italian/Greek/Seafood/Sushi is *out* as we could do well with that anywhere.
Indian, Japanese, Thai, Haute Asian, French, European, Steaks & Game (though don't want a formal steakhouse) and so on would be perfect... I think she'd definitely appreciate if we steered towards the Eastern Continental (Asian/Indian/western Euro,etc)
Atmosphere should be as much a focus as food and presentation. If it matters, we're both mid-twenties. Thanks in advance for any help!!
PS - This would be a Thursday night and I should mention that there's no preference in regards to location... we're staying in Chelsea but can head Uptown, Midtown, SoHo, LES, wherever!