So I've been selected to choose a restaurant for my dad's birthday for a group of people who are some of the pickiest people on the planet. Anyway, there will be 9 of us, one of them is a 5-year-old. The Pasadena area would be ideal, though we may be able to go to downtown. I've been looking through the boards, but have yet to come up with anything great.
In terms of cuisine, we're looking for American, fusion, Asian or possibly South American (but not Mexican). My aunt is super picky about food. There's no real budget, but we would rather skip the Langham because it's a bit too much fine dining for the 5-year old. In terms of ambience, nothing too loud. A private room would be ideal though not necessary. I think everyone might have been happy at Shiro, but alas they are not open on Tuesdays. They don't want to do Chinese in the San Gabriel, etc. area because we did that last year. Oh, and not Maison Akira because we were there recently.
So far, I've come up with the following places, but I haven't been to any of them, so I can't tell if the ambience will be okay or how good the food is:
Green Street Tavern
Palate Food & Wine (Glendale)
What do you think about these places? Or do you have any other suggestions that might fit the bill?