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Recs for 2 couples who can't agree

We often visit NYC and have a great time trying different restaurants and rely heavily on what I read on this board.

Another couple is traveling from the south to join us for a long weekend. We are having a difficult time agreeing on where to dine. I recommended Babbo's for a special evening but was told "I want the best value in NYC, not the most expensive place that excels in putting the weirdest looking plate of food in front of their diners. I'm not impressed. Ya'll need to dumb down the trip for a couple of southerners." His words not mine -- we've been to Babbo and had a great meal.

Okay, I get it. They aren't foodies, but we are. Any suggestions for some places that might appeal to both couples without breaking the bank. Oh yeah, and he refuses to change for dinner so jeans/casual dress is also a must.

Suggestions??

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  1. Locanda Verde or Gramercy Tavern (Tavern side)

      1. Haha oh my! It seems like ya'll are gonna have an innerestin' time! Luckily there's plenty of places I think will be great for all of you. How about Blue Ribbon Bakery on Downing & Bedford? They have a huge menu including "fancy" fried chicken and the BEST choc chip bread pudding EVER. Public would be good for brunch since it's cheap but still a foodie fav (try the turkish eggs, sounds weird but very tasty). Markt would also be a good choice as the menu and the portions are both huge. Happy dining!

        1. Great suggestions! Thanks to everyone for the input.

          It will definitely be innerestin' time;-)

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          1. I think Casa Mono and Alta might have too many "weird" dishes on the menu for them?

            1. re: kathryn

              Agree. If Babbo is too weird, then Casa Mono is WAY too weird. Plus Casa Mono is cramped -- the southerners will be used to having room to move their elbows, and will not be happy about that (I get that from my mom when she visits).

              What about something like Lure Fishbar? I have taken mom there and she loved it, they have nice big booths, its in Soho so it looks the part, its got great cocktails, and the food is geared to please many palates. Plus you can definitely go there in jeans, and worst comes to worst they have a good burger.

          2. So, are you friends with these people?
            My suggestion would be considered rude.
            I would start with Jacquelyn's line of thinking, American brasserie types, maybe add steakhouses? You said special evening, is there a concrete budget since I can tell that by "value" he meant not so many dollars rather than quality/$. Also, Babbo is not much if at all more expensive than most of the other suggestions such as Gram Tav, Loc Verde, Peasant. A bit more info might help but good luck in any case.