Taking some friends out, and looking specifically for Italian. It's relatively short notice, so Babbo, Locanda Verde, Maialino, etc. are out of the question, but I was able to snag a reservation at Marea, and the other two still have openings.
I realize that they're all quite different styles and price points, but my rationale is...
Marea: one of them is here for business meetings, and may have to go back to work after dinner. This is in midtown west, in the mid-50s, which gives Marea the edge for convenience. I'm a little concerned about the high price point, combined with mixed reviews (many of which seem to imply it's not worth the $$$$). As an alternative, I could move the Italian to another night, and find something else in midtown for this night, but the only places I can think of are Ma Peche, Modern, Seasonal (Danji would be close enough but the potential for a long wait negates the convenience factor). We've already done these three in previous visits though, so I was hoping for something different. Any suggestions? Low end, high end, doesn't matter.
Scarpetta: I've resisted this place for some time--not sure why, but the fact that it's a mini-chain makes me think corporate and really turns me off. The menu does look good, though, and looks right up the ally of one of the friends who is joining us. I'm quite confident that they'd like it.
Peasant: selfishly, this one is just most appealing to me, although I'd still like to try the others.