Caffe On The Green
My wife and I live on the upper east side of Manhattan. We dine out often and know a good restuarant when we visit one (my wife is a Cordon Bleu trained chef). Still we go to Caffe on the Green for our special ocassions, including our anniversary which we share with another couple. We often invite and pay for our guests for other ocassions. The food is consistantly excellent, the service likewise and the bill will not break you. A similar experience in Manhattan would cost you about 75% more.
The Caffe is housed in what was once Rudolf Valentinos home. He was a silent movie star of exaggerated romantic conquests. :)...Ive been their several times, they make great drinks and the food is above average. A little expensive but worth it, service is always great. I agree with JK...sit in the Piano/Fireplace room.
Definitely a nice celebration place. While the food is a small step below a Conti's or Piccola Venezia, it is very reliable northern Italian fare.
We like to sit in the small room to the right of the bar area as they have a piano player there later in the evening.
Joe Franco, the owner, knows how to take care of his customers.
Give it a shot.