I'm taking my parents out on Friday night for my Dad's 70th and need reservations (yes, I realize it's a bit late). They'll be staying in midtown but any area in Manhattan is game. Price isn't really a factor but they won't be comfortable if I spend "Per Se"-esque money on them and I think we'd all prefer friendly, comfortable service to anything stuffy.
Dad's favorite cuisine is Italian but he's not a very adventurous eater. He doesn't eat pork or fish/seafood of any kind, so ideally the menu would have some simple beef, chicken, veal and pasta dishes. Good old American cuisine is also an option.
I've taken them to Da Umberto, Cookshop and Mr. K's, among others. Barbuto was less of a hit - we went on Sunday and the menu was limited.
Places I think he'd like: Peasant, Heath, Del Posto. Any other thoughts? Thanks in advance!