I'm trying to decide where to take a friend visiting NYC to dinner. One possibility would be Eataly. SO and I went to the Pizza / Pasta restaurant over the weekend. We loved the food, though not the wait; Eataly was an absolute zoo.
Manzo takes reservations, but I was only able to book a table for 8:15. That's a little later than we would like, but my bigger concern is if they don't seat us on time. Birreria alas takes reservations, though not yet for my desired date.
What's the noise-level like at both restaurants? Is the food of comparable quality? I guess Birreria is more informal?
Edit: The dinner will be on a Saturday night.