Gramercy/Flatiron restaurants for a birthday
My family is celebrating my mom's 60th birthday and want to go to a restaurant close to their hotel on 30th and madison... Looking for a festive place that is not too expensive (dad wants to spend around $40 per person). Are there any good French, Italian, American, etc restaurants in the area that would impress for the birthday?
Two inexpensive suggestions:
Via Emilia and Basta Pasta. Both are good Italian (Via Emilia is Emilia-Romagna cuisine, Basta Pasta is Italian with some Japanese throwins) and on the cheap side. Via Emilia is a little dark/sleek/modern, and Basta Pasta is a bid brighter. You could eat and drink well for $40 a person at these.
Depending on what you order Artisanal could be perfect. A very festive French Bistro with great cheeses and yummy fondue. It is also close to their hotel ( which is more Murry Hill than Flatiron).
Giorgio's of Gramercy is a total stand by for us. They just repainted the walls -- so the atmosphere is a bit better too