Need Restaurant for tonight- Red Sauce Italian, Dressy
One of the members of our group is really wishing for Italian tonight. We had a reservation at Daniel, so $$ isn't a factor since we were planning to spend bucks, a reservation may be an issue anywhere really nice. We would like somewhere we can dress up.
We are willing to go anywhere in Manhattan and eat as early as 6:30 and as late as 8:45.
The key- fresh pasta, good red sauce and great bread.
It's not "red sauce" Italian, but the standard rec for upscale, outstanding Italian pasta is Convivio. Any of the "red sauce" (e.g. Il Mulino) places would be an enormous drop-off from Daniel in terms of food and you may be sorely disappointed. Most of them aren't particularly upscale either if dressy is what you're looking for. I would urge you to try the more accomplished and ambitious Italian restaurants in the city, including Alto, Babbo, Convivio, Marea, and Scarpetta. Babbo would certainly be the hardest table to get unless there are last-minute cancellations.
I might keep the reservation at Daniel though, even if someone wants Italian. After receiving three stars from Michelin this very morning, the staff there will be running on a major high. It would be fun seeing the restaurant humming with energy and I'm sure your meal would be extra special given the circumstances.
I agree, stick to Daniel. Have eaten there twice recently, after Bruni kept it at 4 stars, and both meals were fantastic.
On another visit for Italian, I second Convivio, but especially Babbo. Babbo has an AMAZING pasta tasting menu that just shouldn't be passed up. A more upscale Batali restaurant is Del Posto, but I like Babbo's food better.