Bday dinner for Mom - delicious, upbeat but not loud?
We'll be a table of 5, maybe 6, next Saturday night for my mom's birthday. We're from NYC, so it seems like we've been everywhere at this point. I'd like something that will be around $100 pp including drinks (or one drink), not stuffy or uptight but nothing too loud so we can easily talk. No sushi or Indian, please. Neighborhood not really a factor. And of course, hopefully I can get a reservation at a normal time (8ish) this close to the date.
Park Avenue (in any season) has always been good; for Italian, my parents are fans of Da Umberto; steak, Strip House, Sparks; recent misses include A Voce, Forge, the "new" Picholine. I don't think I'm leaning towards anything Asian or French, though if the French is not stuffy I could be convinced.