Casual, moderately priced dinner for 3 tomorrow, vaguely midtown west and quiet enough for a conversation catching up on the last ten years...?
Two out-of-town guests who like anything but Indian; the main desires are a *quiet* place that won't charge more than about $150 for 3 (they're very modest drinkers).
If you reserve after 8 p.m.,i.e., post pre-theater rush and crush, most restaurants in Midtown West will be less busy and quieter. Here are a few options:
Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., serves very tasty homestyle Italian fare. Friendly, efficient service. Attractive surroundings with well-spaced tables.
Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., serves very good French/Mediterranean cuisine in an attractive brasserie setting. For the economy-minded, they offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $35.
West Bank Cafe, on 42nd St., b/t 9th & 10th Avs., serves excellent New American cuisine. Low-key ambiance with pleasing decor and very comfortable seating.