I'll be in NYC for a few days at the end of the month and my parents are meeting me to visit, hang and eat. My tastes are a little more adventuresome than my folks, so I'm having to adjust my wishes for mom and dad.
Dad is a super fan of old school red sauced Italian food. He pretty much only wants to go to Little Italy. I know that there has to be other places! I've been to Crispo, Gusto, Del Posto and dad would find those a little too fancy for his taste. Can you recommend any down and dirty, even divey Italian places? Nothing fancy at all. Veal on the menu would be great. The place I'm thinking is Spirito's in Elizabeth. Anything like that in the city? We're staying in Chelsea, but I'm willing to travel.
How about pizza? Denino's on Staten Island is the best as far as I'm concerned, but don't really want to take the ferry over.
Thanks in advance!