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                    Menupages is good for menus, not prices (always outdated) and not reviews.

            2. Hi trishottawa,

              How about Allen and Delancey? The food is quite innovative but not intimidating, and the room is dim-lit and quiet enough for civilized conversation. Since your cousins are coming from London, you can tell them that the head chef Ferguson originally worked in Gordon Ramsay in London and in NYC and started this new venture himself. See if they think it lives up to their expectation!

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              1. re: kobetobiko

                i think allen and delancey might be a bit much for a person looking to bridge the generation gap. it is a bit of a scene.

                what about insieme? given your location, it probably is walking distance from where you are staying and it is the kind of place that works for young and old. the noise level will not be an issue. you will have no problem talking with folks at your table. the wine list is amazing, but can be a bit overwhelming at times. if you need help, staff is always available and they are good.

                the food is unique and special. i think that the Times didn't do them justice with the two stars. they deserved three.

                the only complaint i have is the location. it sits on 7th ave in area following Times Square.

                1. re: cdog

                  My mother has no problem with sceney as long as we can carry on a conversation. What about upstairs at Babbo? Might it be quiet enough?

                  1. re: trishottawa

                    I always requested upstairs when I dined at Babbo, and I never had any problem carrying a conversation.

                    However, as you know, it will be hard to get reservation.

                    1. re: kobetobiko

                      Managed to snag 2 reservations last spring and if I'm feeling persistant may try again for this year as it was well worth it!
                      The menu at Apizz looks interesting....would you recommend it?

                      1. re: trishottawa

                        Apizz was great when I went there. It's quiet and the food is good. However, I don't remember the seating being that comfortable--that could matter when you're dining with senior citizens. Cramped quarters in the bar too.

              2. I actually just went to dinner at Cafe Boulud with my 86 year old grandmother, 60year old parents and cousins, 31 and 25, and everyone was extremely happy. Maybe a bit pricier than you want to go, but it depends what you order I guess. Could also go for DB Bistro.

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                1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                  Would Perilla suit? The menu looks perfect.