If we want to stay with the monk theme,
how about The Cloister Cafe (238 E 9th Street) for dinner in a nice outdoor garden and Burp Castle (41 East Seventh St.) for drinks?
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Some stuff on Cloisters:
Cloister Cafe, 238 E 9th Street, 777-9128, $10, Italian French.
Review of Cloister Cafe
Some stuff on Burb Castle:
Honoring the Lord's Work in New York City: BURP Castle
review with picture
As an alternative maybe Swift's Hibernian Lounge (34 E. 4th Street) will do. It has got great beer, decent cheap Irish Pub food, and a great backroon with a long monk-like table.
Review of Swift's
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