I read some of the old threads touching on this issue, but would love further guidance. My husband and I have infant twins and haven't gone anywhere alone since they were born. We have a chance to do a short getaway to NYC (from DC, the culinary wasteland) in a couple of weeks and I want to have a nice Italian meal in a hip setting (though not too hip - we're new parents!).
Looks like I can get reservations at both these places and the food has gotten good reviews here and elsewhere (Gourmet, etc).
Can anyone tell me the differences between these places - types of food, ambience, noise level, price, clientele, etc? Thanks! (oh, and I think it's too late for Babbo or Lupa).