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Hard to please father

stvo Jan 11, 2007 12:26 AM

and not just with food. That aside, need a place to take him and his work partner.

His tastes are classic, faux vegas-style upscale and big portions. He loves sparks, picholine and fresco by scotto. Big red wine drinker.

this trip, looking to try something new. No frou frou or nouveau. i took him to babbo and he didn't like it.

Am i way off with these: del posto, cru, veritas, porter house,

  1. ballulah Jan 11, 2007 10:26 PM

    What about BLT Steak? Didn't that place open in Vegas BEFORE it opened in NYC? And it has all the pomp and circumstance and size of a Vegas establishment, but still sleek and modern (not nouveau, just not fussy). It's not really my style at all, but my foodie friends loved it. And at 57th it's a pretty tony address too.

    1. steve h. Jan 11, 2007 10:10 PM


      1. jenniebnyc Jan 11, 2007 06:02 PM

        OK here goes...I am going to get lots of negatives for this one, BUT if you want huge portions how about Carmines? Definitely not frou frou or nouveau and the portions are huge. When I want to pig out, this is where I go. Upper West Side Location only.

        Not in line with Del Posto quality for sure, but....

        1. t
          Todd Jan 11, 2007 05:41 PM

          Not my favorite steakhouse in the city, but for large portions it doesn't get much bigger than Old Homestead.

          I'd also suggest Strip House, definately in my to three favorite steakhouses...neck and neck with Sparks

          1. t
            tsiblis Jan 11, 2007 04:12 PM

            I always take those kind of people to The Knickerbocker, which pleases me and seems to work for everyone. You father can get a man-sized steak (a delicious one) and there are plenty of choices for everyone else. Nothing fru-fru or trendy about the place but it works and everything is good.

            1. l
              lizdixon Jan 11, 2007 12:50 AM

              What about Tribeca Grill? Great wine, not frou frou or nouveau... I think it's a great place to take a picky dad... I have one too.

              1. m
                minimill23 Jan 11, 2007 12:37 AM

                Wouldn't go to Veritas try Craft, delicious food and great interior also good portions

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                1. re: minimill23
                  kobetobiko Jan 11, 2007 04:28 AM

                  Agree with minimill23. Crafts and Porter house have better values for food, and I personally prefer Crafts. But Del Posto's decor will definitely impress your dad.

                  1. re: kobetobiko
                    NAtiveNewYorker Jan 11, 2007 03:38 PM

                    Del Posto portions might annoy him. (I loved it, but it might not appeal to "big portions" lovers.)

                    If you go, do the THREE pasta tasting sequence.

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