Del Posto, Chanterelle, Or Babbo
For a special occasion. I want it to be great and upscale but not stuffy . For 6 people, and I dond want to spend more than about $125.00 per a bit more of less is ok.
Been to Del Posto and Babbo but not Chanterelle. Definitely Babbo though over Del Posto. While the food was good at Del Posto, it is a rip off for what you get. Really small portions, however you are paying for the great space and rent.
Babbo on the other hand if definitely better-priced, bigger portions, and better food IMO.
I replied to your other post as well. I'd recommend Babbo. Del Posto is a very large and very noisy restaurant. It's nice but not a place I would recommend for a more romantic (special) dinner. Babbo is smaller and more charming in my opinion. I have never been to Chantrelle.
I think the food is great at all 3, you can't go wrong. Overall, these are 3 of my favorite restaurants in NYC.
Chanterelle is more quiet, elegant and could potentially feel "stuffy" but excellent service and food- if you want the most elegant option, Chanterelle may be it.
Del Posto is the most grande space, and I again had excellent food and service- was seated with my husband in a banquette when we went to celebrate our anniversary. However, some seats are most definitely better than others, and it is a bit overpriced.
Babbo has the most "character" of the 3, but when I was there it was actually louder than my experience at the other 2 with the tables closer together, etc. But I would say by far the most fun. Food may be slightly better here than at Del Posto.