Real Estate Want: A proper dining room

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This restored classic-six, $3,600/month Washington Heights rental has a large living room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and an eat-in kitchen with a separate service entrance.

But our favorite part is the formal dining room, and the aspirational dining influence we imagine it would exert....

Rather than hunch over our coffee tables for another dinner in front of the TV, or trying not to spill hoisin sauce on our keyboards while powering through another working-dinner, this proper dining room---with beautiful quarter-sawn oak paneling, intricate woodwork detail on the coffered ceiling, and loads of room to breathe--would encourage us to sit up straight and maybe even cook dinner instead of ordering in (though even three-day-old Chinese would probably taste better in here).

We can also imagine lingering over our repast, absorbed in witty, intellectual conversation, instead of sniping over whose turn it is to do the dishes....

Real Estate Want is a weekly column featuring New York City apartment details we're coveting right now.