Rosemary’s

Rosemary's NYC

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Address: 118 Greenwich Ave. (Charles St. & 10th St.)

Link: http://rosemarysnyc.com/

Review: With the turn over that restaurants have in New York it’s tough to say when something will really last, but the people behind Rosemary’s seems to have a hit on their hands.  Couple great food, a comfortable setting and affordable prices and you have your explanation for the aggressively long waits.  The no reservation policy for parties smaller than 8 may be a turn off for some, but not enough to have an empty table in sight.  Rosemary’s is the one of the better spots we have been to for a group dinner setting.  Grab 4 or 5 buddies and brave the wait to be rewarded with tasty foccia, fresh pastas and succulent meat plates.  A great assortment of cheeses, meats and veggie sides accompany their Italian classics.  All bottles on their great wine list come in at $40 a pop, also making for an affordable feast.  We recommend getting here early or be prepared to put your name on the list and wait for a while (as in 2+ hours),  this one doesn’t look like its slowing down any time soon!

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Mas (la grillade)

Mas (la grillade)

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Address: 28 7th Ave. S. (Leroy St. & Bedford St.)

Link: http://www.maslagrillade.com/home/

Review: Snuggled into the West Village, Mas (la grillade) is one of the true jewels of New York, a culinary gem with the service to match.  There are a limited amount of tables as it is a smaller place, but this allows diners to be doted on by many staffers moving about.  We went here for a romantic holiday dinner and were delighted with everything.  Ordering the 6 course chef’s tasting menu, we put our palettes in the hands of the culinary specialists in the kitchen.  From the amuse-bouche to the petifores, we were delighted with everything that was put in front of us.  Razor clams, salmon, mackerel, duck, steak and two kinds of desserts – it was like the chef new exactly what we wanted.  With a solid wine list for the discerning eye and hearty cocktails to warm you up – Mas lived up to expectations; but so did the bill.  If you are prepared to drop a bundle of cash, but have an off the charts experience, this is the place.

Saxon + Perole

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Address: 316 Bowery (at Bleecker St.)

Link: http://saxonandparole.com/

Review: Saxon and Perole is a great spot for some tasty food and cocktails right on Bowery in NoHo.  Grab a seat outside on a nice night and watch the world go by, or cozy up indoors where the interior decor lends itself to a perfect romantic date setting.  The “Little Bit of Everything” plate was the perfect size to share for 2, they have a decent selection of super fresh oysters and if you’re in the mood for some meat, “The Burger” is fantastic.  Definitely try the side of chili-caramel brussels sprouts if they have it, even the non-vegetable eaters will enjoy them.  They also have some good specialty cocktails, though they could be stronger.  If you’re looking for a place with a cool vibe, romantic decor and great food, this is the spot.

Terroir

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Address: 439 3rd Ave. (30th & 31st St.)

*Locations also in TriBeCa, East Village and Chelsea

Link: http://restauranthearth.com/terrior/Terroir.html

Review: If you love your wine, Terroir Wine Bar is the place for you! They have a great wine selection and a very knowledgeable and helpful staff in case you can’t decide from the huge wine list.  They also have some delicious small bites – chicken liver bruschetta, lamb sausage, and some great cheese and charcuterie plate options.  The candlelit, romantic atmosphere makes it great for a date, but the longer tables against the wall can accommodate bigger groups as well.  Either way It’s the perfect spot to go and try out new wines!

Blue Water Grill

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Address: 31 Union Square West (at 16th St.)

Link: http://www.bluewatergrillnyc.com/

Review: The Blue Water Grill was our 3rd stop on our Restaurant Week tour.  They have a really solid RW menu and a romantic setting, especially in the live jazz room downstairs.  The pros were the great options on the RW menu, the perfectly prepared fish dishes, and the tasty desserts (nothing to write home about but satisfies the sweet tooth).  The soup was a little sweet, but super refreshing and great for a hot summer night.  You also had the option of getting a bottle of wine along with your 3 courses for an extra $35, which we of course did!  The cons were that our table wasn’t ready right away and we ended up being seated right in front of the band which was a little bit loud.  Also, the service was a little bit slow to begin with. Overall, The Blue Water Grill is definitely a spot to check out when you and your date are in the mood for a romantic night out, some great live music and some awesome seafood.

Rohm Thai

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Address: 27 E. 20th St. (Broadway & Park Ave. S)

Link: http://www.rohmnyc.com/

Review: We stumbled upon Rohm Thai on our walk home and we decided to stop in.  Unfortunately there was a loud, obnoxious group of girls when we got there but thankfully they were on their way out.  Once they left it was a quiet, perfect spot for an intimate date night.  It’s a small place with romantic, candlelight decor full of couples on dates.  We were pleasantly surprised at how great the food was – great pork, chicken and duck dishes all at reasonable prices. They have several delicious specialty cocktails as well.  Definitely a great place to bring your date out for some good Thai in Flatiron.

Rare View

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Address: 152 W. 26th St. (6th & 7th Ave.)

*Location also in Chelsea

Link: http://rarebarandgrill.com/rareview.php?page=lexington

Review: The Rare View rooftop is a good spot to bring a date in the spring/summertime.  Both locations have amazing, romantic views of the Manhattan skyline, though the Chelsea location has a little bigger space.  It’s the perfect spot to have a cocktail in the summer, as long as it’s not 100 degrees out – there’s no shade at the Murray Hill location so it can get pretty hot when the sun is still out.  The cocktails are pretty pricey – about $15 per cocktail, but you’ll always have to pay a premium at bars with great views of Manhattan.  Be warned that Thursdays get pretty busy after work and late night, so it might be hard to snag a table.

Telepan

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Address: 72 W. 69th St. (Columbus Ave. & Central Park W)

Link:   http://www.telepan-ny.com/

Review: We ventured out to Telepan on the Upper West Side for our first stop for Restaurant Week and were not disappointed.  We were greeted by a very cordial host who sat us at a nice corner table.  We decided to go with the three-course menu with the wine pairings to get the full experience.  Our waiter and the sommelier were both super friendly and helpful.  We had a tough time deciding which dishes to order since most of them looked fantastic and our waiter definitely made the right recommendations for us.  Each dish was executed extremely well and the wine pairings were spot on.  The sommelier was brief and to the point with his descriptions of the wines in a way that even a non-wino could understand, not rambling on and on like some sommeliers tend to do.  The portions were generous for a $35 pre fix; the pork and chicken dishes having a couple of different types of preparations on one plate.  We finished our meal off with a delicious and refreshing seasonal dessert of strawberry parfait, cream and prosecco.  The tab was pricey, but with the good food and sharp, friendly service, it was a price definitely worth paying for the experience. Snatch up a reservation for Restaurant Week while you still can!

The Tippler

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Address: 425 W 15th St. (9th & 10th Ave.)

Link:   http://thetippler.com/

Review: The Tippler is a speakeasy-type, underground watering hole in the old Nabisco factory underneath Chelsea Market.  It’s a break from your standard meatpacking club, though on weekends it does seem to get some of the the nightclub rejects who can sometimes ruin what could be a great scene.  The awesome cocktail list of intricate drinks, along with some good craft beers make it worth the walk over to meatpacking though.  The Tippler has a cavernous/romantic vibe, but it can get a little loud and hard to hear your companion later on in the night.  There is a line out front at times with a wait, so try and get there early to beat the rush.  All in all, it’s a fun and different spot to try if you enjoy trying out new specialty cocktails, and as long as you can snag a table in one of the dark/quieter corners, it can be a great spot to bring a date.

Beekman Beer Garden

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Address: 89 South St. (South St. Seaport)

Link:   http://www.beekmanbeergarden.com/

Review: The Beekman Beer Garden has amazing views and a decent craft beer selection.  It’s a great place to grab a beer after a long day of work and watch the sunset with your date.  There’s a mixed crowd of tourists and businessmen given the seaport location and it can get super packed in nice weather, but if you can get there early enough and grab a table or couch Beekman can be the perfect, romantic spot to have a few drinks before heading to dinner.  Though later at night on the weekends it’s less of a romantic spot and more of a get drunk with your buddies type of place.  Also when we went, even though it was fairly empty, the service was slow and not frienldy with one person manning the whole show and a manager helping at times.  If I hadn’t been here before I would’ve thought this place was getting by on location and view alone.