Post # 1
Our parents are meeting for the first time in August so I’m looking for just the ‘perfect’ spot. Any ideas NYC ladies?
We’re looking for something unique, but not to crazy trendy (the parents need to be able to hear!). Although we’re not concerned about price, but I do want to ensure that it’s not to casual…or too formal. I’m not stuck on a single area in the city (thank goodness for cabs, right?), but one set of parents is staying in Columbus Circle should that affect your suggestion in any way. But here’s the kicker – it has to be some form of American/New American/Seafood or Italian…essentially, nothing adventurous.
We were thinking The Little Owl…but they only serve beer and wine…and we’ve got one parent that only drinks hard liquor.
After we find a place, I can’t imagine it will be that hard to get a reservation. Who else but out of town parents dine at 7pm? 🙂
Post # 3
We did Landmarc in the Time Warner Center. It seems to fit your bill but I would recommend against doing it at brunch because it can get noisy.
Post # 4
The Little Owl is right near my apartment and it’s one of those places it’s impossible to get a table at anyway – at least it was like that fairly recently. The neighborhood has a TON of great restaurants, though, and it’s cute and fun to walk around. If I were you, though, I’d make a reservation as soon as you decide on a place. I’ve learned it’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to restaurant reservations in NY.
I Tre Merli has fabulous Italian food (the Rigatoni Bolognese tastes like it does IN Bologna) and they serve liquor. One if By Land, Two if by Sea is pretty good, too.
If you’re looking for Seafood, DON’T go to Fish. I got the worst food poisoning after eating there. So awful.
Post # 5
how about asiate? it’s in the mandarin orientale but it’s quite low key. the food is new american and you’ll be able to hear yourselves talk – plus talk about a great view of the park (ask to be seated by the window)
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
How about Sarabeth’s for brunch, or BLT Market? Landmarc, as previously suggested, is also good. Serafina is good for not-stuffy Italian, and Park Avenue Summer has a good pri fixe menu.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
There’s tons of great resturants not too far from Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side. i LOVE Bettola (think it’s like, 77th and Amsterdam?) which is Italian as well as Kefi (81st and Amsterdam), which is Greek. There is also Cafe Des Artistes on W 67th between Central Park West and Columbus, that’s more Italian/American…Also, if you don’t mind coming further up, there’s an AMAZING American resturant called Henrys, on Broadway and 105th st (it’s where we had our engagement brunch right after FH proposed!)…Hope these help, good luck!
Post # 8
oh Park Ave Summer is wonderful! My parents love it there if that helps at all.
are they coming to Hoboken at all? You can’t beat the food and ambiance at Anthony David’s.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the suggestions ladies!
@Habibi – All the parents will be in Hoboken for my bridal shower the following day. But since FI’s parents are staying in NYC (my mom is staying with us in Hoboken), we thought we should do dinner in the city so that they didn’t get lost going too far on their own. What I can’t believe….we’ve lived in Hoboken for 2 years, and have never been to Anthony David’s! Heaven forbid we walk 9 whole blocks to dinner. 🙂
Post # 10
There are a few restaurants on the upper east side that have AMAZING italian food.
Bella Blu (71st St and Lexington)
Per Lei (71st St. and 2nd)
Ciao Bella (85th Street and 2nd Ave)
Post # 11
@Hobochic – that’s crazy talk! You must go there. They do an Excellent Brunch too if you’re looking for a place to take your mom in the morning. Good luck with the parent meeting!
Post # 12
Eleven Madison Park, Park Avenue Summer, Alto, The Modern, Landmarc
Post # 13
Craftsteak on 10th avenue and 16th street (ish) then after you can go for a walk on the highline. The food is great, it is steak, a beautiful place in chelsea. I would also highly reccomend the Red Cat.
Post # 14
How about Perilla? It’s on the smaller side, so it’s not that noisy, and has a nice laid back atmosphere and is good for conversation. And the food is excellent! (Also good if anyone is a Top Chef fan…)
Post # 15
41 Greenwich in the West Village
This was actually where our parents met! Meets most of the criteria you’re after – not too expensive, NOT noisy (a big issue for our dads!), quaint, good menu (for the picky dads and vegetarian mom), great service, and in the Village, which makes for a pretty, NYC scene. It’s got a great back courtyard, so definitely try to get a table there. It’s a short walk from the 9 Street PATH. I highly, highly recommend it!
Post # 16
Blue Water Grill near Union Sq.
Or if you want steak, there are so many good ones – Primehouse, Porter House, Del Friscos…