Unpretentious dinner for parents
I'd like to get my parents (a couple from Queens in their mid-50s) a gift certificate to a restaurant for the holidays. My budget is about $150 (to include two dinners, drink, and gratuity). Cuisine is flexible, but they are not fans of Thai, Japanese, or Indian. My major concern is finding a place that is not stuffy, pretentious, or overly-hip. Just a place with good food, a decent wine list, and a laid back atmosphere. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
As a wedding gift to my brother and new sister-in-law I got them a gift certificate to the Union Square Hospitality Group. (http://www.ushgnyc.com/) That way they could pick and choose from a bunch of great restaurants and decide to spend all the money on one meal or try a few places. USHG includes:
Union Square Cafe
Eleven Madison Park
And a few other spots. $150 should get them a meal at most of these restaurants, except for Eleven Madison Park.
But they loved the gift and thought it was a great idea.
Btw the link for a gift certificate is at the very bottom of the webpage. I had trouble finding it at first and had to call. The folks there are veyr friendly though.