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looking for a restaurant for visiting parents who have opposite-ish tastes


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looking for a restaurant for visiting parents who have opposite-ish tastes

cook dont run | | Nov 8, 2009 03:36 PM

First, just want to say thanks in advance for any advice any of you can offer! Sorry for the long post.

My parents are coming to NYC for a couple days around Christmastime, and we're going to go out for xmas eve dinner. They both know what they want to eat, which makes it both easy and hard to find a restaurant to make reservations: my dad wants to order filet mignon, and my mom likes pasta (and if it's seafood pasta, even better, I'm pretty sure). So, where to find a place that does both these things decently? I'm sure it's not hard to find; I'm just skeptical because my dad's choice rules out lots of Italian places, and my mom's choice rules out all the steakhouses. And I kind of just want to finally try Applewood in Brooklyn :) My boyfriend's coming to dinner too, but he's not picky and will eat anything.

So those two menu items are the first piece of criteria. As for budget, I'm going to go with no more than $300 total--assuming we each have a drink or have a bottle for the table, and share one or two appetizers and desserts. I'd definitely take suggestions that are significantly below that budget. None of us are super foodies, but at the same time, we'll be spending more than usual to eat out, so it'd be nice to find a solid place with good service. A cozy but lively (but not really noisy, so we can all hear each other) atmosphere would be good. Any neighborhood in Manhattan (or Brooklyn, actually, since that's where I live--I know, wrong board!) is fine. If it's in a neighborhood that will be pretty to walk around in December, that's a plus but not necessary. Not looking for a place where my dad and my boyfriend will be required to wear suit jackets.

I know that lots of places have special holiday menus and won't be posting them until after Thanksgiving, but I'm hoping to get a head start on researching anyway. So I looked on for 12/24, checked out the menus for a few restaurants and found these options. If anyone has thoughts about these places or can suggest any others, I'd appreciate your advice:


Giorgio's of Gramercy (which I have on here b/c they at least had filet mignon on their Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu

Capsouto Freres

Piano Due


Giorgio's of Gramercy
27 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

Capsouto Freres
451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

963 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Piano Due Restaurant
151 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019