Babbo substitute for 50th birthday
Hi! It's my mom's 50th birthday in March and I want to do a surprise family dinner in Manhattan for 8 people. She loves Italian food and has said before that she really wants to visit Babbo, but they only do reservations for maximum 6 people. Any recommendations on a a similar/delicious restaurant that would be suitably festive for a birthday celebration? Not super casual but otherwise open to any suggestions in the <$70/person range! We'll have some kids in our group so nothing too bar-focused either. Thanks!
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
Have you been to L'artusi? They do small events there all the time, though it would probably be more economical to order a la carte. I enjoy their pasta even more so than the pasta at Babbo. They have delicious crudo, vedura, and pasta. We normally fill up on the first half of the menu and don't get a chance to order the pesce or carne section. We have not been disappointed when we ventured to the second half of the menu. The beef carpaccio, roasted mushrooms, and spaghetti are a must.
228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014
How about Scarpetta or Lincoln? Can't go wrong with the food at either, and I'd you order carefully it fits your price range.
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023