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paddys9 Jun 15, 2009 06:03 PM


I've been given a bunch of good suggestions for family trip over long weekend in July, again thanks.
Got a card from mother in law today for father's day, and she would like me to use enclosed for a NY meal for family. It would be likely Sunday night, 4 of us - wife and I, 18 and 11 year old - for a special occasion dinner. call it up to $70 pp, I'll sort out bevs, etc. Glad to pay a bit less.
What follows isn't meant to sound whiny, but trying to make a good call:

Mostly interested in good food, cool, welcoming atmosphere. It's a bit of a surprise for other three diners. I don't mind a name restaurant, dressing up a bit, I do mind feeling like a tourist rube - so, prefer less well known and good, vs. "Wow, we're here" and then a lousy time.
Sons are pretty hearty eaters, older one doesn't like sushi much.
Thanks for any help, if too involved a request, I certainly understand.

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    kathryn Jun 15, 2009 06:10 PM

    paddys9, when you say $70 per person without drinks, are you also including tax and tip in that calculation? It sounds like you want something a little upscale without being too formal, and with generous portions.

    Other than not sushi, do you have any cuisine preferences? Italian, New American, etc? Any particular part of town?

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    1. re: kathryn
      paddys9 Jun 15, 2009 06:20 PM

      Sorry. On cost, that leaves out tax, tip. We're staying in Midtown East. New American is appealing, as are Italian and French, Latin and Greek, Indian, Middle Eastern and Spanish/tapas. We're likely spending early part of day downtown, so noodles, Chinese will hopefully be covered. Don't mind a cab ride.

      1. re: paddys9
        ian9139 Jun 15, 2009 06:30 PM

        Babbo sounds like it could be perfect for this, depending on your specifics with regard to price, and whether you are able to get a reservation (it is difficult... do a search).

        1. re: paddys9
          kathryn Jun 15, 2009 08:34 PM

          When is your long weekend? If it's around July 4th, Babbo is probably already all booked up.

          1. re: paddys9
            rrems Jun 15, 2009 08:42 PM

            Convivio. $59 for 4 courses. Food is superb, atmosphere is sort of elegant casual. Perfect location if you are in east midtown.

            1. re: rrems
              ian9139 Jun 15, 2009 08:53 PM

              I was thinking Convivio, but they might prefer the scene at Scarpetta (for some reason I tend to always think of them together).

              For some reason (the recent weather?) July seemed so far away when I was writing about Babbo...

              1. re: rrems
                kobetobiko Jun 16, 2009 02:09 AM

                Exactly what I was thinking when I saw the budget and the location of Midtown East.

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