Help - anniversary dinner w/unadventurous but easily impressed inlaws.
My future-in laws will be celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, and we will be joining them along with their other child and her husband.
-GREAT and friendly service
-$80-$100 per person (not big drinkers)
-manhattan - lower-mid
-nothing too adventurious, spicy or over-the-top plating
These are folks in their 60s who don't go out to eat much, and when they do, it's italian or chinese food in Long Island. I blew their minds when I grilled Portobello mushrooms on their grill. We'd like to impress them with a delicious meal, and nice service and want somewhat high end. I thought of Hearth, as I recently was quite impressed there, but it might be too loud and too inventive for them.
Would you consider taking a cab over to the River Cafe in Brooklyn? Food is very good and service is wonderful. The view of the Manhattan skyline is spectacular and will definitely impress. Also impressive is their abundant use of fresh flowers throughout the restaurant. You can check out the prefixed dinner menu ($85 for 3 courses with many choices) to see if it meets your needs.The pier next door is a lovely stroll and great place to take a very memorable family photo with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. It's easy to grab a cab after dinner back to Manhattan or a short walk (though uphill) to a subway stop.
There's always the Rainbow Room where people of a certain age might have a good time.
In Soho, there's the Mercer Kitchen where the food is good and the ambiance is worth the price.
You could try a restaurant with a view like the River cafe, like fayth said in the precedent post.
I never went to Tavern on the green, but people of a different generation might enjoy it.