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Sep 15, 2012 11:34 AM

Birthday dinner with one VERY picky eater!

Looking for great food with great ambiance but one of the four is very picky - basics only shrimp cocktail - skirt steak - chicken Parmesan - shrimp Parmesan - pasta with tomato sauce - the other three of us are very adventurous! please I need some help with this reservation!

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  1. What's your budget? The reason I ask is that, for example, Scarpetta serves a spaghetti with tomato and basil and a roast chicken (though the roast chicken comes with liver). The menu is here:

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    1. re: Pan

      Our budget is $50 to 75 per person range

      1. re: mboxermd

        So Scarpetta and Craft are both beyond your price range. I think you should look at some mid-priced Italian menus like those of Malatesta, Lupa and Crispo and see if anything there is adventurous enough for you. I've found Lupa's food too salty the last 3 times I've been there, but in the past, I found their pollo alla diavolo excellent, and it's basically roast chicken with some hot pepper in it. They also serve a hanger steak which is quite decent (though probably saltier than I'd like).

    2. Craft. The picky one can have roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, steak, etc. and the adventurous ones can have quail, sweetbreads, pork trotter, foie gras.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Crispos in a heartbeat.
        I am that fussy finicky eater you speak of.

        1. re: kathryn

          Craft is definitely beyond the given price range.