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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!

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  1. budget per person before tax/tips/drink?
    when will you be doing this?

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    1. re: nmprisons

      Price isn't really an issue as long as it isn't completely outrageous. Dinner is for later this month.

      1. re: hdalsy

        What's your definition of "completely outrageous"? $500 per person? $350? $100?

        Cuisine preferences? Neighborhood?

        1. re: hdalsy

          Things like "completely outrageous" are too subjective to be helpful. Outrageous compared to what? Compared to the cost of other restaurants? Compared to the quality of the food?

          WD-50? Craft? Dovetail?

      2. Ai Fiori
        Lincoln
        Tocqueville
        Telepan

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        Tocqueville
        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Telepan
        72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

        Lincoln
        142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

        Ai Fiori
        400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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        1. re: peter j

          We had our Meet the parents dinner at Telepan about 5 years ago. I thought it was a great place to have an event like that. My father in law and mother in law loved the restaurant.

          1. re: Monica

            Yes the atmosphere is low key and the food is pleasingly middle-of-the-road for most palates. Telepan has also been safe enough for blind dates, breakups, etc., depending on on your demographic, though probably too subdued for third dates or engagements.

        2. 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.

          1. 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 .

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            Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
            33 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

            Keens
            72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

            Tocqueville
            1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Aquagrill
            210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            Landmarc
            179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            Acappella
            1 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

            Tribeca Grill
            375 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: foodwhisperer

              2nd landmarc. Also primehouse, or Tocqueville

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              Tocqueville
              1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

              Landmarc
              179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

              Primehouse New York
              381 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                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

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                Scarpetta
                355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                1. re: Simon

                  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.