Meet the parents dinner
We're introducing our respective parents for the first time over dinner in the city. We're looking for something that's good but not too fancy, comfortable casual, and definitely not too loud. We don't want to be packed in close next to another table and they definitely need to accommodate 6 (preferably a round table). Thanks!
Based on my own "meet the parents" dinner decades ago, I think you should take them someplace extremely noisy -- Minetta comes to mind -- so no one will be able to talk to anyone else.
It's the only sure to be sure of avoiding complete disaster.
Knickerbocker is a good parent place and you can get a round table. Landmarc is good also. Tocqueville can be good,. Keen's is good ol' fashioned Steak and they have some fish too with pipes of famous people ( a converssation right there). Aqua Grill is perfect as far as seafood , i think they have a round table . Accappella has round tables and good italian food and is a good parents place. Tribeca Grill has ok food and has round tables and De Niro's father's paintings are on the wall .
Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
33 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018
1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003
210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
1 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
375 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
i like the Keens idea...i took my ex-gf and her parents there a few years ago when they were visiting from Japan...
i wouldn't recommend Knickerbocker though, unless the parents are quite elderly and into bargain prices on prime rib...haven't been in a long while, but it always struck me as a blue-plate special kind of restaurant...
i'd add Scarpetta to the list
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
Knickerbocker is not bad. The OP said not too fancy, so I figured Knickerbocker fit the bill, It isn't really cheap cheap, and the fish and the shortribs are good. The steak I'm not a huge fan of , but supposedly they are known for their steak. Definitely an older crowd place. I was there about 2 months ago. The place was packed and " Big" from Sex in the City was sitting at the next table with a very cute woman.