Suggestions on a gift certificate
I would like to get our friends, in their mid fifties, a gift certificate to a restaurant for their 10th Wedding Anniversary. The wife eats everything but I feel the husband tends to like heartier menu's (more meat and potato type of person). I think he prefers more quantity than quality, but obviously prefers both. For example, I just had lunch at Bouley (tasting menu) and I know the amount of food would not be appreciated. In the past I gave them a gift certificate to Grammercy Tavern, which they enjoyed. My daughter suggested Aldea, but I can't see him eating sea urchin. I know they eat alot at steak houses and enjoy a good Italian restaurant. They also enjoy good wine and spares no expense on ordering bottles of wine when they go out. They live on the lower east side, but have a car and don't mind traveling. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The amount would be $200.00.
Thanks ahead of time
Maybe Babbo? They're one of my go-to places that straddle that line where they appeal to both foodies and hearty meat & potato types. Portions are ample, but food is exquisite, and $200 would cover a meal there pretty well. Could even do a "full Italian" four-course meal if they wanted on that (minus tax & tip...)
Another good "double duty" place I find is Marc Forgione. Creative and playful enough for the more adventurous eater, but nothing so out of the box that regular "dude food" types wouldn't also dig it.
Aldea - I'm just not terribly excited about them. That said, there's a lot more than sea urchin on the menu.
Just got the USHG gift certificate. Great idea. Babbo was one of my choices but this gives them more flexibility.
Thanks so much