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looking for a restaurant for visiting parents who have opposite-ish tastes

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First, just want to say thanks in advance for any advice any of you can offer! Sorry for the long post.

My parents are coming to NYC for a couple days around Christmastime, and we're going to go out for xmas eve dinner. They both know what they want to eat, which makes it both easy and hard to find a restaurant to make reservations: my dad wants to order filet mignon, and my mom likes pasta (and if it's seafood pasta, even better, I'm pretty sure). So, where to find a place that does both these things decently? I'm sure it's not hard to find; I'm just skeptical because my dad's choice rules out lots of Italian places, and my mom's choice rules out all the steakhouses. And I kind of just want to finally try Applewood in Brooklyn :) My boyfriend's coming to dinner too, but he's not picky and will eat anything.

So those two menu items are the first piece of criteria. As for budget, I'm going to go with no more than $300 total--assuming we each have a drink or have a bottle for the table, and share one or two appetizers and desserts. I'd definitely take suggestions that are significantly below that budget. None of us are super foodies, but at the same time, we'll be spending more than usual to eat out, so it'd be nice to find a solid place with good service. A cozy but lively (but not really noisy, so we can all hear each other) atmosphere would be good. Any neighborhood in Manhattan (or Brooklyn, actually, since that's where I live--I know, wrong board!) is fine. If it's in a neighborhood that will be pretty to walk around in December, that's a plus but not necessary. Not looking for a place where my dad and my boyfriend will be required to wear suit jackets.

I know that lots of places have special holiday menus and won't be posting them until after Thanksgiving, but I'm hoping to get a head start on researching anyway. So I looked on opentable.com for 12/24, checked out the menus for a few restaurants and found these options. If anyone has thoughts about these places or can suggest any others, I'd appreciate your advice:

Lumi
http://www.lumirestaurant.com

Giorgio's of Gramercy (which I have on here b/c they at least had filet mignon on their Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu
)http://www.giorgiosofgramercy.com/Wel...

Capsouto Freres
http://www.capsoutofreres.com/news.html

Piano Due
http://www.pianoduenyc.net/index.html

Thanks!

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Giorgio's of Gramercy
27 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

Capsouto Freres
451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

Lumi
963 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Piano Due Restaurant
151 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Stay away from Capsouto Freres, I know it's kind of a landmark but I went very recently and was totally underwhelmed. I can't recommend Park Avenue Autumn (or what will probably be Park Avenue Winter by then) enough -- they always have a filet on the menu, food is always well prepared, service always great, and the decor is lovely and ever-changing (seasonally). There's usually at least two pasta dishes on the menu as well.

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    Park Avenue Cafe
    100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

    Capsouto Freres
    451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

    1. I've only been once but they definitely have both steak(s) and pasta(s) on their menu -- Bond 45. I enjoyed my meal -- a friend and I shared a pasta and a pizza. We also got the mozzarella platter for the table and it was really great.

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      Bond 45
      154 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

      1. The only one of those places I have been to is Giorgio's; I can vouch for the food, service and pricing all being great; I have only had the pasta there (and the mac and cheese, which is delicious) but I went there with a group of 10 people and everyone was happy with their mains (and it was a fairly diverse group- Kosher style, vegetarian, gluten free, carnivores, etc) so it seems as though they do everything fairly well. It is a lovely setting and I would highly recommend it.

        1. Landmarc offers both, but pasta selection varies by day.

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          Landmarc
          179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          1. I also had a very bad experience at Capsuto Freres a few years back that I would never return. Giorgio's is one of my favorite local places. I used to frequent quite often especially as a parent dinner place. I haven't been in a few months but I highly recommend it.

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            1. re: roze

              Thanks, all, for your great advice! Two's enough to rule out Capsouto Freres; didn't even realize it was notable to begin with, so I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. As for Landmarc, any leaning towards the Tribeca or Time Warner locations? I looked at their menu before and don't know how I didn't notice the filet mignon on there.

              With everyone's suggestions here, I have a good variety of options in terms of food/atmosphere/cost. And I forgot to mention that my mom won't eat cheese (she says she "can't" have dairy, yet she can handle chocolate ice cream just fine), yet it seems like she'd still be covered with any of these choices. Nice work! I feel like I have a good idea of what to expect from Giorgio's and Park Ave--welcome anyone else's thoughts on Landmarc and Bond 45!

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              Bond 45
              154 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

              Landmarc
              179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

              1. re: cook dont run

                Mini update: I called around to some of these places. Giorgio's, Lumi, Park Ave and Piano Due are all open for Xmas Eve dinner. Park Ave is sticking with their Winter menu that night, and the other three aren't sure yet--although Giorgio's was super nice and told me to call them up if it turns out that filet mignon is somehow not on the menu for Xmas Eve, and they can ask the chef to make it.