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Parents Meeting Parents - Where to Dine?

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My boyfriends' parents are coming into town as are mine...although this isn't their first time meeting, it IS their first time together at a sit-down dinner.

I'm looking for somewhere low-key with very yummy food (my dad's a food snob), a place that's not dead silent but not loud either. We tried to make a reservation at Po (Cornelia Street) but they're already booked on a Saturday night.

Any suggestions are greatly welcome!

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  1. Two of my favorites...Eleven Madison and Lavagna might work for you. Both have excellent food in very nice atmospheres. Eleven Madison is definitely pricey but worth every penny...satisfying for even the toughest food snob, I'd bet. Lavagna is more affordable but still really good.

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    1. re: Jill

      I can't BELIEVE you said Lavagna! One of my favorite restaurants ever and that is exactly where I wanted to go...except we already took the boyfriend's parents there a few months ago. But you've got EXACTLY the right idea...we're looking for something very comparable. Thank you!!!

      1. re: hps

        It's good to find a like-minded CH. If you like Lavagna, you might want to try Perbacco. Same neighborhood, one block down on 4th. The only issue with that spot is that it can be noisy. Oh, and they don't take credit cards. Still, the food is really good.

        You might also want to try some of the very fine Italian restaurants in the West Village. Osteria Del Sol is excellent and they'll take a reservation for 6...which by my math is at least what you are. It's a bit small and also noisy but DEEELICIOUS!

        Also, I recently dined at Maremma...Cesare Casella's new spot. That's a good choice. Nice atmosphere, not noisy really, great food, decent prices.

    2. I agree Lavagna would be a good choice. I love Eleven Madison but I think it's too upscale for an occasion where you want people who don't know eachother well to get comfortable.

      1. We did it at Telepan about 2 weeks ago.
        We had an excellent time and the place does meet your criteria.

        1. Apizz/Peasant/the Orchard
          Crispo
          Giorgio's of Gramercy
          Blaue Gans
          Snack Taverna

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          1. re: Lucia

            I dined at Peasant this past Saturday night, and the all aspects of the meal (food, service, and atmosphere) were great. was there with 2 visiting college friends, so we had lots of chatting to do. i've also been to apizz (with my husband), and we liked it very much.

          2. Blue Ribbon Bakery
            Otto (maybe too loud?)
            Salt

            I loved the food at Telepan (especially the yellowtail tabouleh), but think the space might be too subdued for what you're looking for.