comfortable rest in Bay Ridge
You might like New Corner on 8th Ave and 72nd St. Very comfortable, plenty of room between tables. Large and varied Italian/American menu offferings, nightly specials, reasonable prices, etc.
If you don't want to risk having to wait for a table , especially on a weekend, I'd strongly suggest that you call and make a reservation. Here's a link to their site.
Pearl Room. They have large booths and tables in front, a middle room and a garden room. Food is very good- not red sauce Italian- and the service is excellent. I will say that like many restaurants in BR, it can get noisy on a weekend. I do not like New Corner at all- I find it shabby and in the two times that I have tried it, the food has been average at best. Have not tried Ponte Vecchios. Tuscany Grill is decent but may be a little small. I do like the food at Cebu but it has a big bar scene which for me on a weekend night is a turnoff.
A number of new places have opened recently- Petit Oven which is small but the food is supposed to be excellent. More new choices north of what has been suggested.
I like the Pearl Room as well. although I've found the food to be a little uneven. I agree that their service is excellent.. Unfortunately it's VERY noisy when it's crowded and that has a significant impact on table conversation. I find Tuscany Grill to have decent food but you're correct: It's small as is Petit Oven. Ponte Vecchio has good food but it's more costly than it's worth.
I'd have to respectfully disagree with your description of New Corner as being "Shabby" It's an old time neighborhood eatery and the decor you refer to as shabby is in keeping with it's long time (since 1939) neighborhood restaurant status. As for the food being "Average,"They feature a large menu and since tastes are very subjective I can only reference the dishes I've enjoyed which have been better than average. They do offer red sauce Italian but also many other types of dishes. Just last week I had a platter of frito misto followed by a dish of sauteed salmon served on a bed of fettucine which were both delicious. The tables are well spaced, the chairs comfortable and the noise is absorbed by the drapes and carpeting, allowing for comfortable table conversation. Eating there is like stepping back to an earlier time.