Suggestions? Last Toronto date night before new baby arrives
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 5, 2012 8:00 PM Last Post By: 0live
Nov 15, 2012 3:02 PM
Suggestions? Last Toronto date night before new baby arrivesHello there,
I’m living 2 hours outside of Toronto, and am pregnant - our first baby is due mid-December. My husband is flying in on Saturday November 24th, we haven’t seen each other in 3 months, and we have decided to have one last date night on the town in Toronto before heading up North where we’ll be hanging out till the baby is born!
A night on the town, at this stage, will pretty much be comprised of a nice dinner, and a place to sit afterwards and chat for dessert, with some wine for him and a nice mocktail for me. Ideally this would involve being able to listen to some jazz somewhere with at least a chair if not a table. We’re in our mid-30’s and normally based in some pretty dangerous places, so just sitting together in a restaurant where the only worry is how dessert will be, is pretty luxurious for us. We don’t want to go to a full show, concert, or do loads of walking around because (a) it’s grey cup weekend so everywhere will be packed, and (b) he’ll be flying in from the Pacific so will be pretty tired.
I know the main areas of Toronto well enough to walk around or take the TTC, but haven’t been in the loop to know where to go for this type of evening, so my questions are:
Because of the Grey Cup and lack of anything below $300, we’re staying out at a hotel at Pearson. I was thinking we could take the airport shuttle downtown, then a taxi back later. Is this the best option or are there other ways to go back and forth that don’t involve 3 transfers (which I think is the TTC route)?
Any suggestions on a great place to go for dinner? He’s Italian, and we both LOVE food, and don’t mind splurging but it has to be for atmosphere (cozy versus cold and industrial) and really good food -- not just for name or location. For example, we don’t like any of the big box places (Kelsey’s style, etc.), but also don’t have the budget for a place like Canoe and since this is a special night out, want something a few steps up from our favorite local Thai joint (though we do love Thai). When we were around last year, we had some really great Canadian fare down in the distillery district. Something like that would be great.
What about areas of the city and places to go for both dinner and afterwards? I want to shy away from Dundas but what about the Queen St. Area? Any other options, i.e. out in the Beaches or something similar?
Thanks so much!
Nov 15, 2012 4:26 PM
1Hi there, congrats on the baby. There are a number of fantastic family-run restaurants in the Yonge/Summerhill / Yonge/St. Clair area. If you are looking for nice Italian, Grazie and Seven Numbers are great. The first has mains ~$15, the second is more of a sharing place - you'd probably share 5 items totalling $35ish. Monk's Table is probably my favourite (not Italian), great foreign beer selection too. Most mains range $13-$19, ribs and schnitzel are both amazing. All of these have websites I believe and I'd recommend reservations on a Saturday.
The Distillery District is a cool area for after-dinner drinks - something unique. Or a really nice spot just off the Esplanade is C'est What - if you enjoy trying new beers, this is your spot. And regardless, its something different and quite nice.
In terms of travel - the http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/ is actually quite a nice bus, but with 2 people its not much more to cab both ways. Not sure of any other options, sorry.
Ohhh, just noticed you mentioned the Distillery District .. guess we're on the same page ..
Nov 16, 2012 2:03 PM
2Yeah, the Distillery is a really nice area, though I've only ever eaten at Mill St. and it's a bit loud and pubby for a romantic evening (and they'll probably be showing the Grey Cup.)
I'd recommend posting this question/doing a search on Chowhound as it's the best resource for food related questions. If really aiming for the best, you might be interested in looking at the EnRoute guide to best new restaurants in Canada.
Taking the TTC isn't bad, depending on where you are going. Just one quick bus down to Kipling Station and then you're on the subway.
Nov 16, 2012 4:34 PM
3Thanks to both Canada and Ref. Will check out Grazie and SEven Numbers -- and Monk's Table. Are any of them also in an area with something good to walk to for after?
C'est What is great -- I haven't been down there in years, but remember their sweet potato fries and beer being a hit.
Ref, I'll add this to Chowhound. I haven't used that site before, so thanks for the link. How long would the ride be from the Airport to downtown? Do the buses from the airport to Kipling run frequently?
Nov 17, 2012 9:08 AM
The bus (#192) takes about 20-25 minutes to get to the subway station and it comes every 10-20 minutes - goes to both terminals. From Kipling to say St. George or Yonge stations, expect 25-40 minutes. Info here.
Just saw your post on Chowhound...looks like some good suggestions! (I also live outside the city now...so I don't have any firsthand experience with many places.)
Dec 5, 2012 8:00 PM
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