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80th Birthday dinner

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I need some recommendations for an 80th birthday dinner.

Not too pricey (Le Bernadin is out); 40s or 50s not too far east or west.

Family dinner so easy food (Italian, French) no sushi/seafood

Quiet for folks with failing hearing

A place where we will not be rushed out

Native New Yorker and parents who lived here for 40 years -- so nostalgic works too

Thanks for your thoughts!

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  1. Since "not too pricey" can be viewed quite differently depending on the depth of one's bank account, It would be more helpful if you would give us your per person budget for food only.

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    1. ...also, how many in your group, what day of week and how far ahead are you planning?

      1. I'm very fond of Picholine, that would work well.

        1. we took MIL to Cibo for her 70th a few years ago. 2nd & 41st...is that too far sideways?
          it was not too noisy, and the menu was broad enough so that all the picky eaters in a party of eight found something that would work.

          1. Not quite in the area for which you ask, but Scaletta (77th just east of Columbus) might otherwise fit the bill -- http://www.scalettaristorante.com/