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Manhattan restaurant with parents - The Dutch?

I am coming to NYC from the UK in November; by chance I have a one night cross over with my parents. I'd like to take them for dinner. We are all quite into our food.

I have considered The Dutch as I like the look of the menu, but have heard it is quite noisy; would this be the case on a Sunday night and will it be possible to get a reservation at 1930?

Any other suggestions for something classically New York with an interesting menu?

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  1. It's a lively space but not too loud that you can't have a normal conversation. We like it overall.

    1. I would suggest The NoMad as an alternative. Request the Parlour Room.

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      1. If you can dine at 6:30pm instead of 7:30pm, and don't mind a little noise, Minetta Tavern sounds like what you want. Rat Pack era decor, great atmosphere, great food.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Is it impossible to get a reservation after 6:30pm?

          1. re: richyfunn

            Essentially yes unless you're a VIP.

            1. re: kathryn

              calling a month in advance, ive gotten 8pm reservations every time at minetta.

        2. go somewhere where you can get in, sit down, and actually talk w your parents. The Dutch, Minetta etc, may be a bit of a hustle for that. I would suggest Maialino? Pretty civilized, great food, great service, no rush.

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          1. The Dutch did instal '$10,000 worth of soundproofing' this past autumn.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/nyr...