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mission impossible: mom's 60th birthday

Okay, if anyone can figure this one out, I will be forever indebted. I am at a culinary loss.

It is my mother's 60th birthday and my dad and I want to surprise her with something special. Here are the requirements, read on if you dare:

1. It is a lunch for 8-10 people on Saturday Dec 30.
2. Round tables are good
3. Not more than $55 per head inclusive
4. Mom is not the most experimental eater. She tends toward ethnic foods (but not spicy) though that isn't necessarily a requirement.
5. Mom doesn't hear great, so a quiet space, perhaps even a private room would be great.

Okay, I'm waiting for the stroke of genius!

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  1. Try Piccolo Angelo. It is not the quietest, and the tables are not round, but you can check all the other boxes (including getting a table).

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    1. re: Cheesy

      Too popular to: 1. get a guaranteed table, 2. to hear well

    2. Not ethnic but Knickerbocker has plenty of comfortible round tables, is not too noisy and has very good food, great steaks.

      1. Maybe Safran--it's a new Vietnamese resto in Chelsea. I've only been once for lunch, but I've read a few other good reports. It's a nicely-designed space with a pretty downstairs area. The Sunday I went for lunch, we were one of 3 tables in the place (which is quite large), so it was definitely quiet. Food was good and there are plenty of non-spicy items.

        1. If L'Impero is open for lunch on Saturdays this would be my choice

          1. Capsouto Freres. You can go their website: capsoutofreres.com
            Take a look at their brunch menu, which I think would be perfect.

            The only problem might be location - it's down below Canal Street, street parking available.

            Round tables, used to large parties, menu called brunch but if you look at it, it's really lunch, moderate prices, and the food is really good. We have taken many people there, and everyone is always pleased. Very attractive place - one of New York's best secrets.

            Good luck!

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            1. re: sylviag

              I'll second Capsouto Freres, which I used for my mother's 74th birthday. We spent just under $55 a head, though that was a few years ago. We had a four-course lunch: Everyond got salad, then a choice of three appetizers, main courses, and dessert. Everyone ordered what they wanted to drink. I did some negotiating on the menu choices so that the wonderful profiteroles were a dessert choice.