La Houppa or Brio for business lunch?
I'm taking a native Italian to lunch in the east 60s near Park. We wont be eating pizza. Brio looks like it might be hard to converse there, but can't get much take on the food at La Houppa. All insight welcome -- and suggestions for other Italian places nearby appreciated. We can venture a little further, but not much.
Been to Brio once for lunch. The food is fine but nothing to rave about.
I have to be honest and say that I don't understand why you would take a native Italian to an Italian restaurant. Even it the food were splendid, to me, it's the "carrying coals to Newcastle" thingy.
You might consider going to Aquavit, on 55th, b/t Park & Madison. We recently went there for the first time. We had the lunch tasting menu, and it totally blew us away! If the main dining room costs are beyond your budget, there is the less expensive Cafe. Service was splendid, and the ambiance is perfect for a business lunch. (Saw lots of suits there.)