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restaurants that bridge the generation gap

I'm bringing my mother, who is in her late 70s in April to meet up with my 2 cousins who are coming from London for the weekend. I'm looking for restaurants that we will all enjoy. Here are the parameters! Imaginative cuisine...anything but sushi....great wine list, not too loud, we are staying near Carnegie Hall but are happy to cab it to any neighbourhood you think my mother would enjoy, as far as price goes nothing more expensive than say, Babbo. Remember...if my mother's happy, we're all happy!!

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      Crispo isn't exactly quiet!
      Try Jean Georges, Picholine or Aquavit

      1. re: idia

        I've only eaten in the carriage house and I didn't find it very noisy but then again my noise tolerance is pretty high.

    2. The Bridge Cafe...charming, great food and historical

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        I ve had lunch there and loved it. great idea. Not looking for anything as formal as jean Georges.
        Any comments re A.O.C.Bedford?

        1. re: trishottawa

          AOC Bedford is solid on food, and it's an attractively old fashioned place to dine -- but I wouldn't describe it as innovative.

          For something a little more out of the ordinary, I second idia's Aquavit suggestion and also, since it's fresh on my mind, Eleven Madison Park. Most of the menu is very safe, but there are enough innovative touches to keep things interesting.

      2. Perilla
        Dovetail
        Compass
        Marseille
        Orso
        Vice Versa

        All fit into your price range, have great food, nice atmosphere and are not noisy.

        1. The Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern

          1. Another to consider would be Park Avenue Winter. It's not too far from Carnegie Hall and I think that it will appeal to both young and old. I haven't eaten the winter menu, but the past seasons have been good.

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            1. re: jakew8

              Park Avenue was actually on my list and I will definitely try Gramercy Tavern.
              Looking for a nice lunch spot in SoHo.

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  The menu looks great but lots of negative reviews on menu pages. Are their reviews reliable?

                  1. re: trishottawa

                    Menupages is good for menus, not prices (always outdated) and not reviews.