My grandmother will be coming to visit me in NYC (along with other members of my family) to celebrate her 90th birthday in March. I know it's a long way off but I want to make sure it's really special for her, as she's never been to the US (we're English), and it's always been a dream of hers to see New York.
So, I'm starting early, to research a great place for a special birthday dinner. She's very adventurous as far as food goes (will eat indian, thai, japanese as well as more traditional european-style foods) but doesn't cope well in very noisy places, and isn't a fan of overly fussy food. She won't like anywhere too stuffy or old fashioned though. The rest of my family are pretty foodie, also mainly concerned with great ingredients cooked well though, rather than fussy preparations.
Her birthday is on St Patricks Day, so we'd probably need to avoid anywhere too close to the parade, it would be a bit overwhelming for her if we got caught in crowds.
Anything with views or a really special location would be a bonus. We will have a car take us there so no problem with transport, but if it helps narrow things down, I live in Midtown West (in the 50s) and they will likely be staying on the Upper West Side. There will likely be 6-8 of us for dinner.
As far as budget is concerned, happy to spend up to about $100 a head including tax and tip - none of us are big drinkers though so most of that would go on food. Can be a little flexible for something outstanding since it's a special day!
Any ideas appreciated - thanks so much Chowhounds!
p.s. ideas of more casual/cheaper (but not too noisy) places to take her on other evenings would also be appreciated! Will be essential to be able to book, as she can't queue, but other than that and the noise issue, anything's open!